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Publisher's Summary

He promised to love her forever, but forever is running out….

1943: in the ruins of Blitzed London, Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski fall in love. Sixty years later Dan sends a letter to the house where they shared a brief yet perfect happiness.

But Stella has gone, and the letter is opened by Jess. She is captivated by the story of a love affair that burned so bright. Can she help Dan find Stella before it is too late?

©2015 Iona Grey (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A beautifully woven tale of love and loss that breaks your heart and rebuilds it. I couldn't put it down." (Liz Fenwick, author of The Cornish House)
" Letters to the Lost pulsates with life, offering a vibrant love story that transcends time and the heartbreak of war." (Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker)

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Beautiful and moving.

I loved the story, the characters and the way it moved me.
I can’t remember the last time a novel made me cry, but also smile. I can’t wait fir Iona Grey’s next novel.

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  • Mrs
  • 05-16-17

First Class

The story and the characters where completely believable. I don't usually like it when the story is split into different timelines, but this one really works. The author has very cleverly entwined similarities between the two sets of couples from the different eras without it appearing contrived in any way. At the same time highlighting the enormous differences of the times. It is clearly a well researched book, I only know this because my own mother is 93 and so I have her first hand knowledge of the forties.

The narrator is excellent. If there was an award for narration then Avita Jay should win hands down. She portrayed the characters brilliantly and had the pace of the book, to my mind, just right. Okay, so you might not like her interpretation of an American accent, but somehow even that didn't grate in her hands! The character remained credible.

If you enjoy a story with a bit of mystery which keeps you guessing to the end, you won't be disappointed. At times the story is gentle and at others disturbing. There is love, drama, history, morality and sentiment depicted here and a vein of truth running through it all. It is one of the finest reads (listens!) I've had for a long time.

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  • yvonne1010
  • 11-16-15

Lovely story

Great heart warming love story. With a good ending too. It made me Cry and laugh and feel for them all.

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  • Julie
  • 08-26-15

loved this book

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

Definitely recommend gripping till the end
First chapter a bit strange but then great.
So sad in parts but two lovely stories in different eras bought together well.

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two lovely stories in different eras bought together well.

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Voices and story read well.

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All of it moved me

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  • Lene
  • 06-27-17

A wonderful surprise

Don't you just love it when you listen to a book for which you have no particular expectations and discover that it is an absolute gem.

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  • Hazel
  • 05-26-16

Beautiful story telling

This was such a beautiful gentle story of love. It moves between 1940's and present day and the stories become intertwined! Narration was excellent!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-21

a gentle tale of wartime love

Really enjoyed the book despite being a little clichéd and predictable. Good narration too. Also researched well.

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  • Alison
  • 03-12-21

Great!

Not the usual type of book I go for but I read it because of the excellent reviews. I wasn't disappointed, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it made me feel thankful for the choices and freedom I have had.

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  • Lorraine Price
  • 03-01-21

Mesmerising

A beautiful story that just draws you in from the start, I didn't want it to end! Just wonderful. The narrator was spot on I felt she brought the characters to life just as I imagined them.

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  • Bernadette Facey
  • 12-10-20

Beautiful love story

If you are a romantic then this is definitely for you. Story was beautifully read. 10 out of 10.

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  • S. Christie
  • 08-22-20

Absolutely wonderful

Loved this book. Such an immersive story with wonderful characters and fabulous narration. Thoroughly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-18

beautiful wartime story

I loved this book, well narrated story of love in those harsh war time years