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Letters from the Past

Narrated by: Jemma Redgrave
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Summary

It’s the autumn of 1962 in the idyllic Suffolk village of Melstead St Mary. Evelyn Devereux’s husband, Kit, is planning their 20th wedding anniversary party. But as they prepare to celebrate, Evelyn receives an anonymous letter that threatens to unravel the secrets she’s kept hidden for many years – secrets that reach back to the war and her days at Bletchley Park. 

Evelyn’s sister-in-law, Hope, has brought joy to countless children with her best-selling books, but despite having a loving husband and caring family, happiness has never come easily to her. Then in an instant her fragile world is turned upside down when she too receives an anonymous letter. Across the village, up at Melstead Hall, Julia Devereux has married into a life beyond anything she could have dreamt of, not realising until it’s too late that it comes with a heavy price.

Meanwhile, in the sun-baked desert of Palm Springs, Romily Devereux-Temple, crime writer and former ATA pilot, is homesick for her beloved Island House, where she’s saved the day more times than she can count. On her return home, and shocked to learn what has been going on in her absence, she finds herself reluctantly confronting a secret she’s kept hidden for a very long time. 

Once again Romily is challenged to save the day and hold the family together. Can she do it and maybe seize some happiness for herself at the same time?

©2020 Erica James (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Erica James offers glorious escapism set in a house to die for." (Sunday Express Magazine)

"Full of warmth and appeal." (Good Housekeeping)

"Beautifully written and heartrendingly sad." (Daily Telegraph)

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Excellent

I love Erica James books and enjoyed the story as I had read Coming Home to Island House but was very disappointed with the narrator. The voice was so boring compared to her previous books. Hope they don't use the same narrator again

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My first and last Erica James book

An absolute yawn fest! Listened to 2 hours of this book and gave up. Far far too many characters, my head was swimming trying to work it out, and each chapter there were more of them, illegitimate children of dead characters brothers, evacuees, stepchildren, half children, it just went on and on and on. I got to the point I couldn’t remember who any of them were, having to rewind repeatedly to try and find out who they were . And after 20 brain numbing chapters absolutely nothing had happened. A Completely tedious and intensely boring book. Definitely not my cup if tea. Never again.

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Loved it!

I love Erica James’s books, and this did not disappoint! I didn’t realise at first that this was a follow-on-book.🙄
It was really good to catch up with Romily again and the goings on in Melstead St Mary, it’s never a dull moment there! 😊
It was beautifully read and would definitely listen to another of Erica’s books it made a lovely change from reading it!

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Very engaging story, very well read

What a lovely way to spend my time, a great story with characters you love to hope for.

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Boring Story, Boring Narration

This book is possibly the slowest, most uninteresting one I have ever listened to! Too many characters being introduced for too long, no story, drab narration, nothing happens! I’m surprised this was published to be honest. I listened to the prequel to this and it was fine-a good listen. But this...churned out to order I suspect and completely devoid of merit.

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Love Erica James!

Erica James is an incredible writer & yet again has written a wonderful novel. Jemma Redgrave set a tone matching the story. Very occasionally I found her a little too dulcet, which could simply be the extended time I'm able to listen being off work. However overall her skill in bringing the characters to life worked really well & was perfect for Romilly in particular.

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Beautifully read by Jemma Redgrave

Fairly enjoyable although sentimental and predictable story, nice main character in Romily. Jemma Redgrave reads beautifully!


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Good story

I enjoyed the story and catching up the characters from her earlier book about Island House.
I am undecided about the narration. I had to set the speed at a slower pace than usual (first time ever)
Also the voice was quite dreary at times, other times it suited some of the characters.
Overall worth listening to.

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Another Excellent Book from Erica James

well-written, well performed and so good I couldn't stop listening until the end. Thank goodness for audible, the ironing got done too.

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Interesting Story

I always enjoy Erica James and this was no exception.
I loved the period setting.

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  • sharon
  • 27-04-20

Terrible Story With Unlikeable Characters

I was very disappointed in this Book. I have read several Erica James books including
The Dandelion Years which was a prequel to this story,.
This book had so many unlikeable and immoral characters I was unable to finish it .
It was quite depressing and not like "Dandelion Years " which I enjoyed.
The narration was just OK. All in all too Grim for my taste.
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