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Letters to the Lost

By: Iona Grey
Narrated by: Avita Jay
Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
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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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A charming listen to be savoured.

A romance yes, but so much more . Vivid memories and historical touches so clearly depicted. Not predictable but still plausible. I’ve not enjoyed a listen so much for a while...

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Must Read, enjoyable.

Beautiful love story , emotional which transcends time. I couldn't stop reading as I wanted to know happens. I don't normally read love stories, I normally read crime and thrillers. This was a 2 for 1 offer, the summary sounded intriguing, so pleased I chose this . Well written and narrated. It is a really an enjoyable read

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Fabulous love story

I don’t normally like books that flit across time but this one works. Definitely worth a listen

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Absolutely loved it

Brilliant story. Was captivated all the way through. Cried at the end. Look forward to her next one.

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Beautifull

This book really touched my heart and soul it was beautiful
I simply loved it

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  • Helen Damhaug
  • 04-02-18

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.