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Publisher's Summary

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart.

Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way.

Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide....

Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. Whilst going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter, the envelope firmly sealed and unfranked. Tina opens the letter and reads it - a decision that will alter the course of her life for ever....

Billy Stirling knows he has been a fool, but hopes he can put things right. On 4th September 1939 he sits down to write the letter he hopes will change his future. It does - in more ways than he can ever imagine....

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

©2013 Kathryn Hughes (P)2015 Headline Digital

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  • Dorothy
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 06-20-15

Very contrived but a sweet and captivating book.

The narrator is excellent and this is a good summer read. You can't help liking it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jody
  • DADE CITY, FL, United States
  • 02-25-16

If you have any degree of misophonia, skip it.

If you could sum up The Letter in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining & well written if a little contrived. This was quite an enjoyable story with all of the loose ends neatly tied up.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The very audible lip smacking, breathing, noisy nasal inhalations/exhalations, and other moist mouth sounds almost made this book unbearable. Turning the volume down didn't help because the audio levels were all over the place with low-talking and whispering.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Great narrator. Fun to listen to audio version!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Letter to be better than the print version?

Absolutely!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tina Craig

What does Rachel Atkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is incredible. It was like listening to a movie!!! Would love to hear more of her stuff!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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If mouth sounds bug you, skip this one...

Any additional comments?

I probably would have enjoyed this story more if I hadn't listened to an audio version. The narrator was fantastic except for one important thing- she smacks her tongue and lips every time she voices a characters, and if you are anything like me, it will make you crazy. Not sure why they can't edit that stuff out in this day and age.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Rock Hill, SC, United States
  • 07-16-15

Destined to be a Hallmark movie!

What made the experience of listening to The Letter the most enjoyable?

The two story lines were very entertaining. I enjoyed both of them.

What other book might you compare The Letter to and why?

Not sure.

What about Rachel Atkins’s performance did you like?

I love, love, love the English and Irish accents. Also, good inflection, good acting - not just being read to.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great storyline

I love reading stories set in the ww1 and ww2 eras and this one does not disappoint. The narrator could def use some help with her American accent though!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sad, happy, heartbreaking and

"The Letter" will, I'm sure, be poo-pooed by some as a sob story, a chick novel with no value or simply trite. However, I didn't find it so. I was saddened by the losses that the characters in this novel went thru-but life can be sad. I found it to be very real life actually. There are abusive husbands and fathers, women who can't or won't trust after they have been hurt and the search for a birth mother is something a close friend went thru a few years ago with similar results.

I'm happy that I live in a more enlightened country that Ireland during this time-the blame placed on the unwed young mother is terrible-and it was done t her by a church that alleges to be christian-but I see nothing christian in the behavior of the Mother Superior or the other nuns who haring and abuse the women.....of course being an unwed mother is the women's fault-no man is ever to blame, apparently, in this era. As an unwed mother of 20 during the same time I am so glad I had supportive parents and the inner strength to cope with the situation, that I wasn't forced to abandon my child but was able to raise him to a great adult..hard to believe he is now 52!

I suggest this is a good novel for women in the same situation, for men who have abandoned their wives or girlfriends when they became pregnant. Yes..men..need to know about the history of an area where birth control is still forbidden and where this archaic attitude is still in place.

This can be an enlightening book for young women - a bit of knowledge that might lead to an appreciation of where they live and what other women have done before them.

I recumbent this novel .

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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touches the heart!

the book was great!, the narrator was continuously swallowing and you could hear the salava in hee mouth throughout the book, mouth sounds were irritating but book is good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This is a beautiful book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes; well written moving and does not stop surprising

What did you like best about this story?

Discussing uncomfortable realities in times when women had little options

If you could take any character from The Letter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The father; to give him a reality check

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  • Carol
  • LARCHMONT, NY, United States
  • 07-18-15

Fairy Tale

Any additional comments?

Although this story is quite improbable, and the ending predictable, it somehow does keep you reading until that "perfect" ending.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Sheila
  • 07-19-15

Brilliant

Brilliant story, brilliantly narrator had me gripped from beginning to end
Shame it had to end

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • 08-13-16

Couldn't finish it. Very negative vibe

All the characters are either bully's or too weak to stand up for themselves. There was nothing happy about this book & I had to turn it off.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • sue
  • 08-02-15

A winner fantastic

This book has it all for me, struggles, heartbreak, love and loss, motherhood. Pain friendship.
I loved the story, the narration the jumps twists and turns.
And I identified with parts of the book myself.
Firm favourite.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Linden
  • 01-24-17

Feeling a little bewildered

I am somewhat bemused by the fact that my opinion is so out of line with hundreds of reviewers. This was an audible recommendation, and the fact that such a large number of people raved about it made it think it would be the book for me.

However, it did not engage me much at all, let alone make me weep; I don't think I'm just hard-hearted - plenty of stories affect me enormously. The emphasis was on the storyline, rather than characterisation. The characters were all very good or very bad and I couldn't really connect emotionally with them, or indeed the situations they found themselves in. I found the writing rather simplistic and hackneyed, and the story predictable and somewhat saccharin. It also annoyed me that I felt so much had been borrowed from the wonderful film "Philomena", where the characterisation was brilliant and the heartstrings really tugged.

I shall hopefully succeed in returning to storylines and characters with much more depth in future!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Fospot
  • 06-30-16

Terrible

This was a real disappointment - so much so I couldn't listen to it all - lame and predictable - can't believe the good reviews it got! Although few seem to be recent!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lulu
  • 07-21-15

The Good & Bad done in the name of Love

I congratulate the author for the brilliant manner in which this book was written; for telling an emotional and heart wrenching story with which many people today can identify, in a compassionate yet captivating manner.
This book was indeed heartbreaking in giving a realistic depiction of the harsh lives and consequences of those abused in the name of love due to the influences of alcoholism and societal stigmas. But, the brutal or real sad parts are cushioned as the story is swayed between different eras and character's stories; making the heartbreak bearable while keeping you engaged, eager to learn more and expect or rather hope that things will get better for the characters.
The narrator held her own; using the appropriate national and local accents, for the young and the old... I thought she was spot on every time!
I'd actually suggest this book for a book club because it raises many issues that could encourage interesting discussions and debate as well as research. I found the book so engaging that I read it in one day!!

22 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Howlett
  • 10-27-15

Actions always have consequences!!

If there was ever a book to describe the mess humans can make when trying to control others it is this.
I loved it. Well read by Rachel Atkins. A consummate performer.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • 01-30-16

Very good

This is a good story, quite absorbing and did not shy away from some of the more violent sides of life. Very enjoyable recommended

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs C Hutchinson.
  • 06-05-15

Just loved this book

Such a simple idea leading to a beautifully told, totally engaging and satisfying book. A great story wonderfully read.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela Boyd
  • 07-08-15

Feel good novel

Gripping. Carried along on the story. Loved it. The mix of 1939 and 1973 stop the story being too much of the same but the link of the 2 times is clever.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Fiona
  • 03-21-17

Such a great story

Loved this book and couldn't stop listening to it. Listened to it every spare minute I had and such a lovely ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephany
  • 11-08-15

My first Audible book

Really enjoyed this book and found it quite compelling listening. Not a significant work of fiction but good for a rainy day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • KAREN
  • 05-22-15

A captivating story

Well written and beautifully read. The story touches the heart without being soppy. A good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan Johnson
  • 10-20-17

Best book I've read in ages

Fantastic and heart wrenching. A story of love, loss and destiny. Author Kathryn Hughes interweaves stories that span generations. I'm now going to buy every book she's written.