The Letter by Kathryn Hughes

The Letter

Kathryn Hughes’ new ebook The Letter offers readers a chance to absorb themselves in the lives of two women, born decades apart but whose lives share a number of parallels. The novel explores two historical strands, bringing together an abused housewife from the 1970s and a young girl from the early 1940s in a story of love, loss and unexpected consequences.The Letter follows the life of Tina in the 1970s who seeks respite from her abusive marr...


Details The Letter

TitleThe Letter
Author
Release DateJul 2nd, 2013
PublisherTroubador Publishing Ltd
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Mystery, War, World War II, Drama, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Audiobook, Book Club
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Reviews The Letter

  • Sue
    2014-12-28
    I don't understand the number of 4 and 5 star reviews on this novel. I was swayed to buy it by the reviews. But it really is the most lazy kind of writing style and boring to read. It's not the story that's boring, that could be told well, although in this version the characters are one dimensional and annoyingly stupid. But the writing style is really simplified and repetitive. I'm 55% through and if I read another description of a "steaming mug...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2017-01-04
    4 stars. This was an easy, enjoyable read. While the writing style was very simple, there are some heavy topics covered within this story - domestic violence, rape, a young mother forced to give up her baby. Though I found the author's writing to be quite basic, there was something about the book and the characters that were very likeable for me. My heart broke a few times throughout the novel, but I also had a heartwarming sense of closure at th...
  • ☼♄Jülie 
    2016-08-27
    The Letter is a historical romance that spans across three generations, and like most love stories it tells about love found and love lost.Even though this subject is often predictable with its indiscriminate apportioning of pain and heartache...still each story has its own unique experiences...this is one such story.It's not a fluffy read, it's a story about two women, a generation apart, who's struggles have a lot in common, and how time and ci...
  • Geo Marcovici
    2018-01-21
    Translation widget on The blog!!! Povestea a două destine separate și totuși împletite. A două femei lovite crunt de soartă și de cei cărora ar fi trebuit să le pese de ele. Povestea unei vieți sau mai bine spus povestea a trei destine. O carte superbă!Recenzia mea completa o puteți gasi aici: https://www.delicateseliterare.ro/scr...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    2015-10-14
    I was looking for a book with a lighter vibe after a period of reading intense crime novels. I came across The Letter on Amazon and thought I'd give it a whirl. I'm so glad I did.This is both a heart warming novel and one tinged with sadness too. It's incredibly easy to read and just be pulled along into the story, losing track of time. If you are looking for some fiction escapism this will do the job nicely.The book moves between two timelines. ...
  • Judy Collins
    2015-06-11
    THE LETTER by Kathryn Hughes, performed by Rachel Atkins is truly spellbinding! The most captivating, moving and emotional audiobook I have ever read (listened to)—from secrets, loss, pain, sacrifice, and love. Top 50 Books of 2015. "2015 Best Audiobook (tie), Best Historical Romance Fiction."A story of two women whose lives become entwined when one discovers a letter that was written in 1939 but never sent. (never posted; not online posted,...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    2018-04-21
    A very difficult 3.5 star rating (originally going to be 4)T/W- Domestic violence, Rape, Assault, StillbirthI loved Kathryn's novel The Secret when I received an ARC of that for review a while back, having found a cheap secondhand copy of her debut novel The Letter, I was excited to see why lots of readers had read and loved this book. The premise of the letter was definitely what appealed to me the most before I dived into the adventure. The nov...
  • Laura
    2016-12-10
    This story contains many of the aspects I love about the art of fiction writing: love, loss, time-travel and brilliantly developed characters. I thought the modus operandi was inspired; I love it when an author can confidently jump between time periods to deliver a beautifully interwoven story. Taking the reader on a journey from the east coast of America, the rustic farmlands of Southern Ireland and the bustling streets of Manchester, I was grip...
  • Erin
    2017-12-13
    2.5 stars round up to 3. This dual narrative set in the 1970's and 1939 was a fairly predictable storyline that had a Hallmark Hall of Fame type vibe. The readers are taken from Manchester to Ireland and the USA. I did find the story was a nice light read and I would love to read more by the author.
  • Ghazaleh
    2018-01-13
    هربار به خودم میگم سمت کتاب های نشر آموت نرم چون احتمالا با کتاب جالبی رو به رو نخواهم شد، ولی هربار به خاطر کیفیت تقریبا قابل قبول کتاب وسوسه میشم.این بار هم چیز چشمگیری در این کتاب وجود نداشت، داستان عاشقانه تکراری. دو ستاره رو هم صرفا به خاطر نشون ...
  • Aleksandra
    2017-03-02
    Jedno slučajno pronađeno pismo promijenit će život nesretne Tine, koja trpi zlostavljanje svog nasilnog muža. Priča koja se krije iza tog kratkog pisma razotrit će bolne i potresne tajne, patnju, ali i ljubav koju su nekada davno, pred sam početak Drugog svjetskog rata, proživjeli ljudi koje Tina sada želi pronaći. Potraga za rješenjem zagonetke pisma nastalog prije tridesetak godina će se pokazati nimalo lakim zadatkom, Tina će pro...
  • Clare Flynn
    2015-01-22
    The premise of finding an unposted 30 year old letter in a suit pocket in a charity shop was a very good one - but oh dear the story was stretched out. The book was over-reliant on coincidences. It also stretched The limits of credibility that Chrissy lived for 30 years within 5 miles of the convent, blissfully unaware that of the fact that Grace, who had befriended her in the convent, lived just down the road. In fact nobody appeared to know any...
  • Sarah
    2015-04-21
    I actually won a copy of this book in a giveaway on Twitter and I am so glad I did as I don't know when or if I would have come across this wonderful book and the author otherwise.This truly is a wonderful book, I found it to be very deep and beautifully written and it is one book that I think will stay with me for a long time.The story starts with Tina who works in a charity shop and comes across a letter dated many years before. Intrigued by th...
  • Vincent
    2014-12-28
    Having struggled through Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, a book that took me almost three weeks to read, I was looking for something light to read over the Christmas. The name Kathryn Hughes caught my attention because I have a niece who spells her name the same way, with a K and a Y. When I read in the acknowledgements that her husband's name is Robert Hughes, my nephew's name, I smiled at the coincidence and decided to give the book a read. Of cou...
  • Lena Papanikolaou
    2016-06-28
    Απροσδόκητα υπέροχο ανάγνωσμα!Λιτή και περιεκτική γραφή, υπέροχη σκιαγράφηση χαρακτήρων και πλοκή που κρατά τις αισθήσεις σε επιφυλακή από την πρώτη μέχρι και την τελευταία σελίδα!Τέλεια αρμονία παντού.Είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο της συγγραφέως που ...
  • L.P. Logan
    2017-06-22
    Part 1 of this book was awesome. It hooked me in, sunk its claws in my heart, and sent me back in time. I was in love with the characters and plead that things would work out. Then Part 2 and Part 3 happened.And they sucked.Bad. As in they ruined the whole story. Most of the time I was rolling my eyes over the amount of corniness in the contrived dialogue. No one talks like that! Each and every word broke the magic of Part 1 and brought me back t...
  • Océano de libros
    2016-05-26
    Tina Craig espera el momento adecuado para poder abandonar su casa y su matrimonio con un hombre que la maltrata. Mientras tanto se embarca de lleno en la función de encontrar a la persona a la que está destinada una carta que encuentra en un viejo abrigo, así inesperadamente se relacionarán dos vidas.La verdad es que esta novela te pone los pelos de punta y logras empatizar totalmente con su protagonista con el tema de los malos tratos que t...
  • Ronak Gajjar
    2017-10-15
    An eloquent tale which flutters heart at unexpected moments. A simple five sentenced letter can change entire lives of people linked around it. Persuasion makes something happen and denials destroy anything possible.
  • Miriam Smith
    2016-05-25
    Wow! What a wonderful uplifting story, heart breaking and heart warming - in between tears I smiled! I loved, loved this book and can't recommend enough, if you are a fan of Lesley Pearce you will love this heart-rending read, I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. The characters are believable, it was easy to read and follow and will stay with me for a long time! Will definetly be reading more by Kathryn Hughes.
  • Paula Sealey
    2015-04-01
    In the 1970's, while searching through the pockets of a suit bought into the charity shop she works at, Tina discovers a heartfelt letter written in the 1940's by Billy, outlining his love for someone named Chrissie. The letter has a stamp affixed, but was never posted and Tina sets out to find the intended recipient and hand the letter over. Suffering from abuse in her marriage, she sees it as a little escape from her situation, but soon finds h...
  • Carol
    2015-09-09
    Predictable. Would make a great Lifetime movie.
  • Lucia
    2017-03-19
    U ovoj se knjizi isprepliću poglavlja o životima dviju žena, jedne iz 70-ih godina prošlog stoljeća i jedne sa samog početka Drugog svjetskog rata.Prvo upoznajemo Tinu Craig, odanu suprugu i veliku radnicu koja osim što radi od jutra do mraka, vikendom volontira u trgovini rabljenom robom. Tina se skriva iz tog silnog posla kako bi što manje bila kod kuće sa svojim suprugom zlostavljačem. Tina ih uzdržava jer je Rick nezaposlen pa vrij...
  • Sally Eastwood
    2018-06-17
    Fabulous!!I should have read this when I first got it. What a great story. I have thoroughly enjoyed every page and was sad to see it end.
  • I. Mónica del P Pinzon Verano
    2017-10-08
    Correcta y anodina. Tenía guardada esta novela en mi librería desde hace un tiempo, y estaba allí porque en GoodReads y otros sitios estaba con los rótulos de misterio y suspenso; nada más alejado de la realidad. La novela, en su primera quinta parte plantea la situación, y en la gran fracción restante busca la respuesta a un porqué, lo cual no se traduce en suspenso, misterio, ni siquiera intriga. Hay una inquietud, pero no más; está t...
  • Ioanna Xristodoyloy
    2016-11-02
    Ενα πραγματικα υπεροχο βιβλιο...Απο της πρωτες σελιδες του σε κραταει σε εγρηγορση!ιστορια στο χτες και το σημερα δυο διαφορετικων γυναικων που με μαεστρια η συγγραφεας καταφερερνει να δεσει και να μας αποκαληψει ολα τα μυστικα ...μια ιστορια με π...
  • Alona
    2017-10-30
    *Audiobook*The story was nice and romantic, but the narrator read the characters with an accent that made me feel like I’m listening to a British soap opera, and it got on my nerves real quick.I think this one should be read and not listened to.
  • Ana Rodrigues
    2017-03-24
    Gostei muito apesar de abordar temas pesados.Mesmo assim, é de fácil leitura e uma pessoa não descansa enquanto não descobrir o que acontece às personagens.
  • Lisa
    2017-07-02
    A touching intricately woven tale of love, loss, survival and joy. SUMMARYTwo women, who were born decades apart, lives are intricately woven to create a story of friendship, love and the kindness of strangers that can make a world of difference in a life. Chrissie Skinner lives in Manchester England in the late 1930s. She lives with her controlling parents and in order not to bring shame on the family she is ultimately forced to move to Tipperar...
  • Joanne Robertson
    2015-03-20
    This is such a "can't put it down" read that I advise you to clear your day once you pick it up because you won't be putting it down again anytime soon. What started as a "I will have a little read for half an hour" led to a very lazy day and night on the sofa and our Sunday roast being 2 hours later than normal!The prologue is a sweet opening of a granddaughter asking her grandparents how they met then BANG (literally) as we meet Tina who is liv...
  • ΧΑΙΔΩ ΚΟΥΡΟΥΠΑΚΗ
    2017-03-30
    Το Γράμμα είναι ένα ρομαντικό ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα που εκτείνεται σε τρεις γενιές, και όπως και οι περισσότερες ιστορίες αγάπης μας αφηγείται για την αγάπη που χάθηκε και την αγάπη που βρέθηκε, εξαιτίας μιας επιστολής που δεν έφτασε στην ώρα της ...