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
Release DateJul 2nd, 2013
PublisherTroubador Publishing Ltd
Number of pages265 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Audiobook

Reviews The Letter

  • Sue
    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
    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 
    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...
  • Judy Collins
    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,...
  • Aleksandra
    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...
  • Laura
    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...
  • Lena Papanikolaou
    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 ...
  • Océano de libros
    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...
  • Vincent
    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...
  • Lucia
    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...
  • Clare Flynn
    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...
  • Paula Sealey
    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...
  • Ioanna Xristodoyloy
    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...
  • Ana Rodrigues
    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.
  • Sarah
    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...
  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    Υπάρχουν ορισμένα βιβλία τα οποία δεν πολυδιαφημίζονται κι όμως, όταν τα συναντήσεις, κάτι σε προκαλεί να τα πάρεις στα χέρια σου και να τα διαβάσεις. Άλλοτε είναι το εξώφυλλο, άλλοτε η περίληψη, καμιά φορά ο συνδυασμός των δύο, υπάρχουν όμως και ο...
  • Lisa
    I was totally taken away by this novel which tells a moving if sad story of love lost and found; two stories thirty years apart which become one. It is 1973 and Tina is in an abusive marriage and contemplating her future when she comes across a letter in the pocket of a suit donated to the charity shop in which she works. Addressed to another Christina - Tina's full name - Tina is intrigued by the coincidence and her imagination fired when she re...
  • Bianca
    I've received this novel via NetGalley, thanks to the publishers for the opportunity to read and review.This wasn't a bad novel, but it felt familiar like I read the story before. Tina is a battered wife in the 1970s. She volunteers in a second-hand shop, and there she finds a letter in a donated suit. The letter was from 1939 and it was addressed to Chrissie. Touched by what she read, she decides to find out more about the sender and the address...
  • Andreia Silva
    Confesso que não esperava um livro tão bom . Por ironia do destino , uma carta vem parar às mãos de uma mulher que realmente precisa de ajuda para enfrentar um casamento violento . O destino é uma coisa engraçada . Não vou revelar mais , acho que é um livro que merece ser lido e ser reconhecido .
  • Carol
    Predictable. Would make a great Lifetime movie.
  • Joanne Robertson
    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...
  • Chris N
    This book had me angry, sad and happy pretty much throughout the book. It starts with Tina and Rick. Rick is an abusive drunkard who is a jealous man. Tina is a gentle soul who after much abuse leaves her husband after he rapes her only to go back to him when she finds out she is pregnant. Tina works a full time job and a part time one in a charity shop to get away from Rick on Saturdays. A suit is brought in to the shop and in the pocket there i...
  • Tracy Shephard
    Tina's life is miserable. Married to Rick who is an abusive drunken bully and controls her every move in the name of love.Working in a charity shop she finds an unposted letter in a donated suit pocket and sets on journey to find the recipient.Billy Stirling, whose story of his adoption and his life before it is both sad and poignant. Girls loved Billy, but it was Chrissie who eventually stole his heart and the person to whom the letter is writte...
  • Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
    The Letter is a Lifetime movie. It has all the elements, with a battered wife, discovery of one's past and unexpected love (not to mention a heartfelt reunion). Kathryn Hughes' book would be a good Saturday morning film on a rainy day. Don't get me wrong, I like Lifetime movies, they are my guilty pleasure, I've just seen enough to know one when I see it. Having said that, I enjoyed The Letter but it isn't something I'd be bragging to my friends ...
  • Sedaca
    Klasik Arkadya kitaplarımızdan birisi daha bitti. Chrissie'in Billy'nin mektubunu okuduktan sonra iç huzura kavuşması bir nebze içimi rahatlatsa da keşke Billy'de az buçuk mutlu olabilseydi. :/ Tina-William cephesinde yaşananlar bu kitabın en sevdiğim kısmı oldu. :) Hayat zaten zaman zaman zor ve sıkıntılı bir süreç, en azından kitaplarda bir şeyler yolunda gitsin ama demi :)Geçmiş-günümüz bağlantılı, hem hüzünlü h...
  • Margarita Morris
    Dreadfully dull. Complete drivel. Clunky passages of back story. Gave up after chapter three.
  • Jeanie
    Rating 3.5A great Historical fiction engages the reader in history and I thought this one did it well. How does a love letter tie two women together? The letter was written to Christina before WWII. Decades later was found by Tina, never opened. The narration is told by the two women. Christina the daughter of a prominent Doctor, who also helped her family with her father’s practice, falls for the guy on the other side of the tracks and her lif...
    review by www.ireadnovels.wordpress.comEvery so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Tina Craig works all the hours she can and volunteers in a charity shop in Manchester to avoid going home to her drunken abusive partner. After all it was her wages that paid the rent, while Rick spent his time getting drunk and betting. Tina can not take any more of Rick's abusive...
  • Tim Worley live
    If you choose one book this weekend make sure you read this. A fantastic debut novel that explores two parallel lives of how love can hurt in similar circumstances. Set in 1973 and 1939 it is a powerful realisation of how missed opportunities can impact the lives future generations.. The story follows Tina who is in an abusive relationship, yet tries to unravel a mystery from 35 years previously. This is essentially a love story. It made me happy...
  • Lynn
    I received this book through Net Galley.comAt first, I thought The Letter was going to be predictable chick-lit. But, the more I read, the more I began to see how a letter penned but not posted can have huge, unforeseen consequences on many, many lives. The Letter of the title was written in 1939, as England prepared for war, meant to smooth over a poor decision. Addressed to Chrissie [Christina], undelivered, it lays forgotten in a jacket pocket...