- File Size: 2213 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (August 2, 2018)
- Publication Date: August 2, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CWCRJ9W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Lost Letters interweaves two stories switching from the present to the beginning of World War II where we also meet Sylvie and her family. Sylvie’s husband is away fighting in the war leaving her alone to raise two young children. Her only saving grace besides her children is her friendship with Connie. Here, we witness the day to day conflict and the terror people faced with bombings and the loss of loved ones. Sylvie also has to make difficult decisions regarding her family that tie in to our present story.
There is not one thing I did not love about this story. Right from the beginning I was drawn in to the mystery surrounding Martha and her family. The mystery is so intricately weaved throughout the pages and it's almost as if it is a puzzle and little by little we fit the pieces together until we get this final masterpiece right in front of us. Sarah Mitchell penned incredible stand out characters with heart and soul and we get to know them intimately and we can feel their pain and sadness and also the hope that each of them has. Family plays such an important role in this story in both the present and the past and we can see this through Martha and the love she has for her own daughter even though their relationship is strained. We also see the love Sylvie has for her children and the sacrifices she has made for them while trying to raise them during wartime.
The historical aspect of The Lost Letters story was by far my absolute favorite and here is where I found myself completely drawn into the story and you can see just how much research went into it. As an author, Sarah Mitchell really shines here. It was just so emotional and heartbreaking just reading about the bombs being dropped and the loss of lives and never knowing from one moment to the next if you will live or die. Just imagine the fear families had, women whose husbands went off to war, not knowing if they would ever return, their children being sent off to fight some never even coming back. Mitchell really shows the realities of wartime. It truly is heart wrenching.
The Lost Letters is a beautiful and poignant story that has completely captured my heart. It is a story about love, life, family, and the bonds of friendship that stand the test of time. The story is so simple and yet so intricate and brilliantly done. It takes an author like Sarah Mitchell to make me realize why I have such a love of reading. By far, this might just be my top read for the year. I will definitely be looking forward to more books by Sarah Mitchell.
** I received an advanced readers copy from Bookouture via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**
The Lost Letters was a story that weaved back and forth between past and present to uncover the mystery surrounding Martha's father. After passing away, Martha and her sister discovered that he had rented a beach hut in the English seaside town of Wells for a month to finish his book. They didn't know the significance or reason for wanting to go there. They also discovered a picture of a woman and a protected folder on his computer with the name Catkins. Martha decided to make the trip from Canada to use his reservation and to try and uncover the mysteries and answer the questions they had.
The story weaved back to Norfolk in 1940 during WW11 and began to tell the story that would eventually answer all of the questions from present time. This was where I started to get lost in the pages. As with most stories that weave back and forth I always seem to be drawn more to the historical aspect than the present day story. That was absolutely the case with The Lost Letters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sylvia's story and was anxious to find out what became of her. I also wanted to know how it connected with Martha and her family. The past story was by far my favourite part of the book.
Initially I found myself not overly interested in Martha and the present day story. It just wasn't as interesting as the historical aspect. It wasn't until the two stories started to collide if you will that my interest was piqued. I had a bit of a hard time connecting with Martha. Even though the book was written in English it was almost as though there was a language barrier that I had to overcome to enjoy her. She was from Canada, as am I, but the way she spoke and acted was unlike anyone I know and it made her come across as years older than she was intended to be. I had to keep reminding myself that she was not an old woman. However, as the story progressed and things started unfolding I noticed it much less and was able to enjoy her and the story a lot more.
In the end I can say that I enjoyed The Lost Letters and its story about family, love and sacrifice during a tragic and difficult time in history.
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