.: Reading – The Letter :.

I’m quite happy that I have been reading a lot in the train, and sometimes even before going to bed. The latest was “the letter” (£0.99 from amazon.co.uk). I’m having pretty much the same with the latest book I’m reading too. Sometimes I even have difficulty in getting out of the train and understanding I’m back to my regular life and not in the story anymore. It’s such a good feeling to be honest, to be able to disconnect even though you are in a crowded train 🙂

1973

Tina Craig has one mission in life – to escape her drunken, abusive husband. She works all the hours she can to save up enough money to leave him. She spends as little time as possible in the violent household she is forced to call home, even volunteering at a charity shop at the weekend to escape Rick’s clutches. One day, whilst sorting through the pockets of a second-hand suit which has been donated to the shop, she comes across an old letter. It is still firmly sealed and unfranked. Unable to resist the pull of curiosity, Tina opens the letter. It was written on 4th September 1939. She is so moved by the contents and bemused as to why the letter was never delivered, she embarks on a quest to find out what became of the writer and his intended recipient, a journey with consequences she could never have predicted.

1939

Billy Stirling knows he has been a fool, but he also knows how to put things right. On 4th September, 1939 he sits down to write a letter that will change his life forever. He slips it into his jacket pocket and, with a spring in his step, and full of optimism, he heads for the nearest post box. How was he to know that his heartfelt missive would not be read for another 34 years, and then by a complete stranger?

The Letter tells the story of two women, born decades apart, but whose paths are destined to cross and how one woman’s devastation leads to the other’s salvation.

It had very good reviews and the plot also seemed quite interesting. I really liked the two main female characters and the way they stories started to merge. I mean there’s nothing original about this story but there’s the connection you can feel with both ladies, both so strong. It’s one of those books where it’s easy to immerse yourself in the story and you want to know more.

Books read in 2014: 17

Wish you all a good week

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