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The Letter [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Owens
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The story of a betrayal that wasn't. Even so, it still tore two lovers apart for eleven years. On the eve of their wedding, Michael Jeffres, Earl of Daventry, found his betrothed, the woman who meant as much to him as the air he breathed, in bed with his cousin. Diana, the daughter of a marquess, remembers nothing of that night. All she knows is she was forced to marry Michael's cousin, Leo, and then spent the next eleven years in hell. When the two lovers are brought back together by a letter from Leo a year after his death, Michael and Diana must struggle through all the lies and secrets before they can find a love that far surpasses the one of their youth.


Product Details

  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612178561
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; English Tea Rose edition (March 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1IHMGY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Conquers All May 18, 2013
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This story begins with The Letter, but in actuality, the information The Letter contains, began eleven years earlier. Leo Standish, Baron Brantley, hates his cousin Michael, Earl of Daventry, simply because he exists. Leo envys Michael's higher title, wealth, looks, and his lovely fiance Diana Cavanaugh, daughter of the Marquess of Rotharton. His envy turns to evil and he decides to take from Michael what he loves the most...Diana. Leo arranges to have Michael and Diana's entire family, find Leo and Diana in bed together the morning of Michael and Diana's wedding. But that is only the beginning of the pain. Eleven years later, after the death of Leo, The Letter is a weapon that hurts Michael even more than his wedding day, but the contents of The Letter, informs Michael that it is Diana who has suffered the most, such horrible consequences of their failed wedding, that he wonders if she will ever forgive him for the emotional and physical abuse heaped upon her for eleven years, and if he can ever repair the hurt he realizes he and those who were supposed to have loved her, caused in not believing in her love and character. This reviewer will not be a spoiler in regards to the The Letter and the storyline, as each reader needs to experience the full impact of this remarkable story of survival and true love for themselves.

There are few romance authors who can capture true heartache and then have it jump off the page straight to the heart of the reader. There were times my heart actually ached and when these characters hurt, I hurt deeply as well, actually feeling as if I was in the room with them. I wanted to comfort them, it was so intense. Sandra Owens has captured something unique in her writing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just. Freaking. Wow. June 1, 2013
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I do not know if I can praise this book highly enough. I do not remember the last time a book was able to inspire so many emotions from me - grief, rage, happiness. And triumph. Yes, this is a romance novel, but it is so much more. It is the story of the ability of the human spirit being able to climb from hell to heaven, for good to triumph over evil.

Diana was amazing. To have been brutalized so thoroughly and still have the will to live, and not just live, but to live joyfully is inspiring. To see Jamie, her son, play with his first toy ever (at ten years of age) was amazing. Michael, who lost his future to his cousin? Michael was as perfect as an imperfect person can be. What he wanted more than anything, even than to be with Diana, was to see her learn to smile again. But the very best part is that they manage to maintain a sense of humor throughout the book. The entire time that I am reading about awful events, and the next think I know, I'm snickering. Ah British humor.

And Leo? What can I say about Leo. Quite possibly one of the worst villains I've ever had the misfortune to encounter in fiction. He reminded me of Bill Sikes in "Oliver Twist". He has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, save one - he had the courtesy to die a year before the novel opens. I was actually a little annoyed at the author at times because she gave him the same name as my grandfather, who was as far from evil as this Leo is from good. If an author can make you truly hate someone, to wish them back to life so that they can be killed again, that author has succeeded amazingly well.

I will warn people: if you have ever suffered physical or mental abuse, then this is a trigger book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written May 21, 2013
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I love historical romance, and finding a new and strong voice in the genre is always a treat. Sandra Owens is such a voice.
This book pulled me in from the very first page and never let me go. The characters are vividly drawn, and the chemistry between the hero and heroine is palpable.
Looking forward to reading more from Ms. Owens. Good job!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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"The Letter" is a great read. It moves fast from page one to "The End". Diana is the recent widow of the evil and cruel Leo. He took her from a life among royalty and privilege and dropped her in a cottage and poverty. As I write this review I want to tell readers more about the cruelty of Leo but I will bridle that impulse. I can't remember ever despising an antagonist as much as this. The only one that comes close is the antagonist in Sharon Sala's "A Thousand Lies".

The first page begins with the reading of The Letter. A letter which changes the life of the Earl of Daventry. He is driven to find his former fiancée to bring her home. What he finds is a shell of the woman he fell in love with, a woman frightened of everything, a woman determined to keep her son safe and well.

As the love story, past and present, is revealed Ms. Owens takes readers on a skillfully written adventure. The main characters are lifelike, human, and struggling with their own demons. It is encouraging to 'watch' an abused woman with no confidence return to life full of confidence and a willingness to be her own person.

Enough said in this review. I hope it has piqued the interest of others to purchase and enjoy this gem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceit that Never Existed
The story contained between these pages was a hard one to swallow - a definite struggle for survival which should never have been. Read more
Published 11 days ago by N. Budden
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many plot holes to buy the whole book
Intrigued by a post on SBTB, I downloaded the free sample, but I don't think I'll buy the whole book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ceciliatella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good story
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughly enjoyed the
Thoughly enjoyed the book
Published 1 month ago by Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you enjoy period romance then you'll love this book.
Published 2 months ago by NZD
3.0 out of 5 stars easy to read but predictable
This was a good book, not complicated , very predictable but sometimes it's ice to read a book that has not stress to it
Published 2 months ago by leebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, great characters!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish!! Get another out please Ms Owens!! Love your period books like this one and the current day one as well! Read more
Published 2 months ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. Grabs your attention from the very beginning. OMG moments that are unusual. Just when you thought you've heard everything, surprise. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good romance
Good author of romance. Enjoyed the book.
Published 2 months ago by Kathy Blankenship
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book. Interesting reading, but not the best of many good books available
Published 2 months ago by geohook
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More About the Author

Sandra lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She is a 2013 Golden Heart Finalist for her contemporary romance, Crazy for Her.

A few highlights of Sandra's life she fondly recalls are jumping out of a plane, flying upside down in a stunt plane, and riding her Harley in the mountains of Southern California and along the coast of Maine. Although those events in her life were great fun, nothing compares to the joy and satisfaction she gets from writing her stories.

You can connect with Sandra on Twitter @SandyOwens1 and Facebook at SandraOwens.94043. Her website is: www.sandra-owens.com



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