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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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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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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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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.

What did you like best about this story?

two lovely stories in different eras bought together well.

What about Avita Jay’s performance did you like?

Voices and story read well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it moved me

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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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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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Nice story but boringly long.

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Letters to the lost

Wonderful book 📕 Narrated by Avita Jay
Beautiful performance.
I would happily recommend this this book.


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Heart wrenching story beautifully read

Finished listening to this two months ago and I still occasionally find myself thinking about the story. I usually listen to a book at bedtime and fall asleep. This one I just couldn't put down. It is beautifully read and I could imagine that time and place so well, as if I were there. Highly recommend and I can't wait to read another by this author.

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a gentle tale of wartime love

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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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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.