The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis

The Girl in the Letter

Gripping. Mesmerising. Haunting. Heart-breaking. Once you've heard her story, you will never forget The Girl in the Letter. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lesley Pearse and Kathryn Hughes, this page-turning, moving novel of separation and long-buried secrets will stay with you forever.A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret's, a dark, broodin...


Details The Girl in the Letter

TitleThe Girl in the Letter
Author
Release DateAug 1st, 2018
PublisherReview
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Literary Fiction
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Reviews The Girl in the Letter

  • Berit☀️✨
    2018-08-12
    4.5 Mesmerizing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5This was such a heart wrenching captivating story very reminiscent of “before We Were Yours”; One of my top reads of 2017... i’m not a big fan of comparing books, but in this case it is almost impossible not to... from the duel timelines to the horrific treatment of children steeped in history... if you enjoyed BWWY you will absolutely be entranced by this book as well....There are so many layers to t...
  • Pauline
    2018-06-17
    Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis is the sad story of unmarried girls who are sent by their families to mother and baby homes to give birth and the way they are treated while they are there. This book also tells the story of Kitty who is looking for her sister who was left at the home and Samantha the journalist who will stop at nothing for this story to be told. I would like to thank NetGalley and Headline for my e_copy in exchange for an hones...
  • Selena
    2018-08-28
    I received a free e-copy of The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis from Goodreads for my honest review. Ivy Jenkins is sent to St. Margarets in 1956. She is pregnant but not married and her family is ashamed. She is told that when she has her baby, it will be adopted and then she gets to go back home. In present-day, Sam, a mother and journalist is exhausted and needs a break in her career. She comes across a letter and decides to investigate the...
  • Selena
    2018-09-06
    I received a free e-copy of The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis from Goodreads for my honest review.Ivy Jenkins is sent to St. Margarets in 1956. She is pregnant but not married and her family is ashamed. She is told that when she has her baby, it will be adopted and then she gets to go back home.In present-day, Sam, a mother and journalist is exhausted and needs a break in her career. She comes across a letter and decides to investigate the i...
  • Adele Shea
    2018-07-18
    This book grabbed a hold of me for the first three quarters of it. The whole story in regards a Mother and Baby facility in the 1950/60/70, was fascinating but at time hard to read. To think that these types of places actually existed is hard to comprehend. The last quarter of the book dragged on for me and I found it becoming more far fetched the further in, to the point I couldn't wait to get to the end.
  • Eva
    2018-08-07
    4.5* --> 5*Wow! The Girl in the Letter has left me rather speechless and let me tell you that doesn’t happen very often. I feel quite lost for words and slightly incapable of forming any kind of coherent sentence, nor do I have a clue as to how to do this novel justice.In her debut novel, Emily Gunnis tackles one of the most disturbing topics in history. That of the mother and baby homes, where single expecting mothers were sent to give birth a...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    2018-08-25
    The chapters in this story alternate between 1956, telling Ivy's story and 2017, following Sam's research for an article. While this is a story about family bonds, loss and perseverance, it is also an eye-opening story about the abuse of power and a society whose judgement is more important than the welfare of its children. With issues like those, it's not surprising that this book has emotional scenes.A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. ...
  • Karen
    2018-08-08
    4.5*Oh my. What to say about this book. When I first saw the description it was one that absolutely appealed to me. Dual time, historical fiction – just the sort of book I love. What I wasn’t expecting was such an emotional, harrowing and dark read, bordering on the thriller genre.The story begins with a prologue in 1959 and a letter from Ivy Jenkins addressed to someone called Elvira. This is the first of many heart-breaking letters that we ...
  • Amanda
    2018-06-08
    I’m speechless ,this was a thought provoking this book. book which keeps you gripped and leaves you thinking about it even after you’ve finished it. It’s not a subject I know a lot about, but I found it heart breaking that in the 50’s till the 70’s unmarried mothers were sent away to give birth & have their babies adopted, but what saddened me was that when these girls needed love and support,they were treated so coldly and expected to ...
  • Anne
    2018-06-15
    I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book tells the harrowing story of a mother and baby home for unmarried mothers. I think this is an important issue and the notes at the end were very interesting about the older children and doctors (without giving any spoilers)I enjoyed the fast moving plot. However, I think it was rather obvious in places and perhaps if less clues were given the big reveals...
  • Stephanie Anze
    2018-09-27
    Samantha Harper is a journalist for the local newspaper. Recently separated from her husband, Sam and her daughter Emma live with her grandmother. One evening Sam spots an old letter in her grandmother's home. The author, a girl named Ivy, writes from the (now-defunct) St. Margaret's mother-and-baby home. In the letter, Ivy pleads to the father of her baby to take her away from this place, describing terrible and harsh living circumstances. Sam l...
  • Bmquiram
    2018-08-05
    The Girl in the Letter by Emily GunnisRating 4 out of 5 stars Summary Sam and her four-year-old daughter are living with her grandmother because she is having marriage troubles and is taking a break from her husband Ben. She is struggling to make a name for herself as a journalist while living the life of a single mother. When she finds a faded old letter in her grandmother's house she thinks she has found the story that will catapult her to the ...
  • Joanna Park
    2018-08-06
    Wow this was a stunning read! I really can’t believe this was a debut novel, the book is so well written and paced perfectly that makes it very hard to put down. I instantly felt involved in the characters lives and stories and wanted to know more about them.This is an incredibly poignant and emotional story made even more so because it is true. The events in this book actually happened, unmarried women were treated this way and their babies we...
  • Charlotte Burt
    2018-07-21
    An interesting story but this is a debut novel and it shows sometimes. I found the multiple point of views a little distracting.
  • Ghost of the Library
    2018-09-03
    I basically read this in about 3h...mind is still processing everything...review to follow.What does a ghost do when insomnia sets in? ....go on Goodreads and catch up on reviews slightly overdue.Anyone who's paid attention to my lists and profile will know I don't normally go for contemporary fiction, I like my authors dead like me...lol.However, once in a blue moon a book comes along that catches my eye, the wind is blowing in the right directi...
  • Alison Eden
    2018-05-30
    #TheGirlInTheLetter:theMostGripping,heartwrenchingPage-turnerOfTheYear #NetGalley Wow - what a harrowing and heart wrenching novel, even more so because, whilst this may be fictional, the events that happened at the Catholic mother and baby homes have been proven to be true. Lots of action that is gripping, intriguing and upsetting all at the same time. I enjoyed, if that is the right word, seeing the links between all the characters and how Sam ...
  • Claire Baxter
    2018-07-11
    The Girl in the Letter is an engaging mystery based around a home where young, unmarried, pregnant girls were sent to have their babies in the 60s. Told from the perspectives of two main characters and jumping forwards and backwards in time to tell the story, the book keeps you interested until the end. I found the writing to be a little clunky at times but enjoyed the story and thought it was further improved by the references at the end to the ...
  • Anne
    2018-07-29
    Amazing book. Left me thoughtful, shocked and with tears more than once. It won't leave my thoughts that fast for sure.
  • Erika
    2018-07-26
    This is a fictional story about a mother & baby home in Sussex, it's told in past and present, a story of descendants, of some of the mother's who gave birth in the home. You have a reporter who comes across the first letter which is the introduction to the story... she finds herself unable to let it go and with the demolition in just a few days time... she's running out of time to find out what really went on. There are lots of plot twists, dark...
  • Suzanne Lindfors
    2018-06-12
    A compelling, often harrowing read, which flits between 1950s Sussex to modern-day Brighton. A single-mother journalist - Sam Harper - discovers intriguing letters linked to a now-derelict mother-and-baby home, which is soon to be demolished. With just days to find out more about the writer of the letters before the building is torn down, Sam sets off on a breakneck mission which uncovers some disturbing facts about the Catholic Church, a famous ...
  • Shelley
    2018-06-02
    Wow! What a gripping book. I have read and watched many harrowing historical accounts of mother and baby homes run by the Catholic Church but this novel brought these accounts to life in a very chilling and gripping way. The characters are very realistic and the author has written in such a way that it is possible for the reader to become completely immersed in the story, I particularly like how the chapters jump backwards and forwards from the 1...
  • Bmquiram
    2018-08-12
    The Girl in the Letter by Emily GunnisRating 4 out of 5 stars Summary Sam and her four-year-old daughter are living with her grandmother because she is having marriage troubles and is taking a break from her husband Ben. She is struggling to make a name for herself as a journalist while living the life of a single mother. When she finds a faded old letter in her grandmother's house she thinks she has found the story that will catapult her to the ...
  • Sophie Earnshaw
    2018-07-28
    Incredible writing from Emily Gunnis. I was absolutely gripped and couldn’t put this book down. A must read book for the Summer. I cannot imagine how many hours of research went into the writing of The Girl in the Letter but it was certainly worth it as the book is completely compelling. The plot, the twists and the characters I know I will be thinking about for a long time. I was really emotional in parts and I also have a personal link to par...
  • Sophie Cornish
    2018-07-29
    A truly gripping story written with honesty and drama and equal parts. Heartbreaking and shocking, but so brilliantly told, you won't be able to put it down, even when you can hardly bear to find out what happens next. I absolutely recommend it.
  • Jo
    2018-08-21
    I downloaded this book after stumbling across it whilst looking for some free kindle books. And what a hidden gem it was too! I read the book in two sittings and couldn’t wait to get home from work to find out how the story unfolded. A lovely read, despite some of the horrid tales.
  • Nicole Mantegna
    2018-08-19
    One of my favorite books of all time!
  • Cheryl
    2018-07-24
    I really liked this book, it was different to what I had been expecting but it was great. You think you know what is coming, but there were so many twists it definitely keeps you guessing. Definitely recommend this book.
  • Joy Lenton
    2018-07-06
    This tantalising book proves that the past is rarely a foreign country that is seldom visited. On the contrary, it has deep resonance with our lives in the present, even when we barely register it. And sometimes it jumps out to bite us. One way we keep the past alive is via old letters that provide intriguing clues to events that took place, as we see here. These surviving relics are rich in mystery and unsolved secrets, ones that link generation...
  • Clodagh Higginson
    2018-07-15
    If you read only one book this year read The Girl in the Letter. A heart-breaking page turner whose characters will remain with you long after you reluctantly close the book for the last time. Emily Gunnis shines a sharp light onto the dark and shameful practice of locking up the innocent and wrenching babies from the arms of their mothers in 1950’s England. One look at Trump’s America is now a chilling reminder that more than half a century ...