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Letters to the Lost

Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Chick Lit
4.5 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

©2017 Brigid Kemmerer (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Good Book

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This was a good book. It is high school kids. Which I really didn't realize that. But it was still good. Narration is on point.

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  • Doha
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 04-28-17

Stunning .. just read it, please :)

I bought this book on a whim and I didn't know what to expect, and it was such a pleasant surprise for me that I loved each moment of it .. it was an amazing performance in every way, the writing style, the characters, the story .. when you can't find a path, make it .. I just love this empowering stories, the narration was equally good and they were suitable for thier characters, most recommended I love it so much

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  • Robin
  • SAINT LOUIS, MO, US
  • 04-12-17

Fantastic!

Wow! What a great listen! This story kept me interested from start to finish. The characters are engaging and very well developed. I cared about them, felt their anguish and joy. Was frustrated by decisions they made when I knew it was the wrong one. The narration was excellent.
I was sad when the story ended, I wanted more...

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YES!! What a love story!

I really enjoyed this book!!! I love letter writing and I think it’s a form of art that is underused these days. The cool thing about this book is that it slowly moved towards emails and instant messages. So it definitely keeps up with technology.

The main characters were also very endearing. I loved how both characters were strong-minded and intelligent. Of course Declan had the “bad boy” stereotype, but I like how the author used his trauma to give him depth, charm, and meaning. I liked Juliet. She got slightly annoying towards the end when she started acting impulsive with her words and actions. I don’t like when characters have tons of opportunity to tell the truth and they choose not to out of unnecessary fear “if I tell him who I am, then we’ll lose the magic between us” blah blah blah. Get a grip, girl!

But in the end, I really enjoyed the story and I found myself entranced in the love story that was building. The conflict was also really well done. It didn’t seemed forced and it kept me invested in “how are they going to get through this.”

The narrators were SO good!! Lots of emotion and feeling within their reading. Both worked so well together!

Overall, great story and LOVED that it was taken place in Anne Arundel County, MD.

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Awesome

I rarely review audiobooks. However this one deserves a serious kudos. The voice actors did great, but the story was amazing that they had to work with. I was just sad when it ended.

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An emotional punch!

This was very good. The narrators did a great job capturing the characters' voices - and the story really put me through the wringer.

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Excellent

Loved it ! I will surely read it again. Genuine, touching, heartwarming, simply beautiful. Thank you Brigid Kemmerer.

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OMG!!!! THIS IS SO FREAKING GOOD

Can a picture ever tell the whole story?

I love the concept of this book, we wouldn't know how true the story is,
or what kind of a person they are just we know some part of their life.

this is amazing, every family's issues in this book made my heart ache.

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Good story but...

The only things I didn't like about this book were the long pauses between the chapters, and the constant reading of the e-mail headings. The story was wonderful, and I found it hard to stop listening.

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WHAT THE FVCK! (SPOILERS)

Omg!!!!!! I heard this for 10 hours straight! I couldn’t stop listening!!!! I was skeptical about reading it (listening) but im so glad i did! I love Declan so much even though i hate that name lol but gosh i just wanted to hug him so bad i felt so bad for him and i still kinda hate his parents and Alan, Juliet’s mom too (especially her) but i loved this story so much. Juliet did indeed make me dislike her so much a lot of times that even now Im like ??? Do i like her??? Idk i guess I do cos at the end she does realize not to judge a book by it’s cover i guess? I don’t know. Rev was my absolute favorite for sure though and Frank❤️ still love Declan he just made me mad at times but overall amazing story i nearly had a heart attack at times and cried a LOT but man it was so good.

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  • sarah marrie
  • 05-23-18

Much more emotional read

It was a good listen, but it was much more emotional listen than I expected. Also, the narrators are perfectly suited to narrate this story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-17

Great book, loved it.

The performances were captivating and I couldn't stop listening. This book had so many twists it kept me guessing to the end.

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  • J. Sergeant
  • 04-23-17

Fantastic!

I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I'll. I doubt listen again.

I loved the performance just as much as the writing and the emotions were both powerful and almost palpable! Declan and Juliet share such a chemistry.

I sincerely hope for a sequel, although I doubt that will happen. We'll see.

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  • Sarah Coles
  • 11-13-19

Reading the book was better

I read this book previously. And I must say I enjoyed it SO much more. Wasn’t a massive fan of Kirby’s voice but that might just be me. It felt more drama filled than I had read it. If that makes sense 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  • Jessica Sheedy
  • 02-19-19

A nice light listen

I really enjoyed this and loved the narrators voices especially Brittany.


A nice light read to listen to while I work.

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  • savarna
  • 02-17-19

Enjoyable

I really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed thebvoice actors who voiced it. It was fun to listen to and listen to the story.

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  • Kaitlyn tyrer
  • 07-09-18

I hate you Brigid kemmerer

no I dont, it's amazing and hurtful and beautiful all at the same time. but I guess alot of things are like that. like a Thorn on a rose. part of a beautiful thing but painful to touch.

Ive never related more to someone then Declan. and now it's over I feel like a part of me is broken and gone. but I'm happy I lost that little piece because this book was so amazingly evil.

I just realized I referred to Declan as a person, well that tells you how well this book is written. I can sort of in a far off world she Declan and Juliet like they weren't apart of a book at all.

thanks for helping me choose my fate Brigid.

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  • Kim (_booksarelove)
  • 05-09-18

So many feelings! Amazing book!

I have just finished listening to Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, and I am filled with so many feelings. 
I could have continued to listen to these narrators talk about Juliet and Declan forever.

It didn't take me long to get hooked into this book and they story. Listening to the words of Declan and Juliet, two teens who are over-run with grief, I fell and I fell hard. I listened to this book every chance I got, I just needed to know how their story went.

Juliet and Declan were writing letters to one another regularly, first angry letters, then a sort of friendship developed which flourished into something else. The only issue was, they didn't know who the other was. 
In real life Juliet wasn't the biggest fan of Declan, he scared her a little and made her angry. But the more she got to know him, the more she came to like him. 

Watching these two characters write letters back and forth, and knowing myself who each of them was, I was getting so frustrated that they hadn't figured it out. Once Declan did figure it out, I yelled at him inside my head regularly to just tell her, it was getting so frustrated!
These two characters seemed to be on completely different paths, and they just couldn't find their way to each other, there was one piece of information that could have ruined any chance they had of getting past this friendship, and I was terrified. 

The way Kemmerer brought this book to a close, was just perfect. There was no stone unturned and everything ended just how it should have. There were some painful twist and turns along the way that shocked me, but it made the story that more life-like. It made the point that life is not a fairytale, people do things that shock you and hurt you, but you need to get through it, you need to make your own path.

I absolutely adored this book. The narrators were perfect, and they got the emotion and the message across perfectly. I felt so many different emotions throughout listening to this audiobook, and by the end, I felt as though I had known Juliet and Declan forever, I was so connected to them.

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  • Melanie
  • 04-06-18

Great book <br />

A great book for young adults year 10 upward nothing inappropriate but real life issues.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-17

highly emotive

Having lost my own mother this book was highly emotive, healing and at times difficult to listen too but impossible to put down. Loved it.

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  • Jess
  • 10-20-17

LOVE LOVE LOVE

This book made me try to hide my smile and wonder why I felt my own heart break for them all at the same time. Beautifully eloquent and wonderfully spoken. Love this book. Finished it in 1.5 days.

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  • Tara
  • 07-31-17

fantastic story, characters and narrator's

loved this story, I connected with the characters and enjoyed being on their journey. the ending was perfect.