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Lost Letter Paperback – March 24, 2009
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A truly moving story about the last letter a World War II soldier writes to his wife, which is inadvertently lost in the mail and discovered sixty years later. It is delivered to his widow as she lies dying of cancer. This story was especially nostalgic to me as someone who grew up during those war years, with a father in the army. I felt empathy, too, for the caretaker daughter, since I too cared for two loved ones who died in similar circumstances. The widowed Maggie raises her daughter by herself and never remarries. The daughter, Mary, becomes a successful business woman. When Maggie nears her last weeks of life, Mary takes a leave of absence and brings her mother to her own home with home hospice care so that her last days will have her surrounded by some of her own things and Mary can always be with her. With an intriguing cover, the book is well set-up and may very well be based on a true story. "...the author's efforts showed great imagination and a knack for following a story down through the years." I liked the story a lot. It took me back in time and brought me to tears at the end. --Reviewed by Lola R. Eagle, author and poet ,Reading New Mexico
RT Rating: 4½ Stars
Category: MAINSTREAM FICTION
Published: March 2009
Type: Mainstream Fiction
Mulligan's stunning debut is impossible to put down. Using a series of flashbacks, it tells a beautiful love story and builds to a dramatic conclusion that touches the heart and soul.
Summary: When Mary's mother, Maggie, reveals that she has cancer and only a short time to live, Mary helps her prepare for her last days. During this time, she learns much about her father, who died before she was born.
Jimmy loved Maggie since first grade. It was natural for them to get married before he shipped out, and he prayed their wedding night would result in a baby. He gives his last letter for his beloved wife to his CO, but it doesn't surface again for 60 years. Will it reach Maggie in time? (BOOKSURGE, Mar., 380 pp., $16.99)
Top Customer Reviews
I could not even finish reading it.
Another thing that I wasn't sure if it had some deeper meaning... the mother went from being referred to as "Maggie" then suddenly changed to "Mrs. McDougal" or "Mary's mom" later in the book. Also, somewhat contrived that the lost letter makes its way to Maggie's deathbed, just before she dies.
It was embarrassing that I recommended this when there are so many really good books to read. One bright spot was that one of the women in my book club said that she feels like she is advancing in her ability to discern good writing from bad!
This is a touching account! Lost Letter does a good job of telling individual stories and how each are intertwined over time, from the greatest generation dealing with the reality of WWII, to modern day. I enjoyed the characters and could easily relate to them as regular people put into irregular circumstances.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It had a story of life, love, emotion and true times. As a reader I felt a personal touch with the characters. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by J. WILLIAMS
I loved the book. From the time I started, it was hard to put down. However, with the chapters short, it was easy to pick up and start reading again. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by Sandy
"Lost Letter" is a moving story about loss, love, and the importance of family. Some letters dating back to1945 are discovered during an Army base closing in Britain. Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by L. Bridges
A great read. Very well written. We share books as a family. So far everyone loves the book as well.Published on September 9, 2009 by Penny Loeffler
Lost Letter tells the story of Mary McDougal, a woman who has just made partner at her accounting firm and simultaneously found out her mother, Maggie, has terminal cancer. Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by Jacqueline Ansel
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This novel was riveting to say the least. I couldn't put it bdown from the moment I opened it. Read more
Lost Letter is a superb book. The book forces us to confront the process of dying, both for our loved ones and ourselves and to consider our own beliefs about an afterlife. Read morePublished on July 5, 2009 by Carla J. Donahue
Beautiful story about the "Greatest Generation of our time." The sights, the sounds, the smells; it felt like I was there. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by J. Dusseldorf