Letters to a Stranger
‘WOW!!!!… What an absolutely stunning, gorgeous and unputdownable read!!… Devastatingly heart-breaking… I was utterly glued to the pages and I could not bring myself to put it down. I was carrying my phone to read it on kindle every chance that I got and I had tears absolutely streaming down my face… I was completely mind-blown at the end… Devastatingly beautiful, heart-warming and heart-breaking book!!!’ Bookworm86, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
England, 1940. Dearest Ruby, you must have heard the news by now. The very worst has happened. Our countries are at war. What can I do? How can I stop this nightmare from happening? One day soon we’ll be together again. I swear. I love you. E. x
Present day. Ruby Summers has lived an extraordinary life. Now, at ninety-six years old and living in a quiet countryside retirement home, Ruby may be an elderly lady, but her memory remains perfect.
She remembers the summer in rural Norfolk eighty years ago when she fell in love with Edmondo, and the stolen moments spent in the orchard dreaming of their future. But tears fill her green eyes when she also remembers the September morning they embraced as they listened to war being declared on the wireless. As her village turned against Edmondo and his Italian family, Ruby knew she would be forced to make an impossible choice – one that would lead to a betrayal her heart never recovered from, and an earth-shattering secret she has never shared…
But when lonely Ruby decides to take part in a letter-writing scheme for the elderly, and single mother Cassie replies, she realises this could be her chance. Her last chance. By revisiting her past, can she finally share the secret that has haunted her for all these years? And will her unexpected connection with Cassie unearth truths even Ruby never knew were hidden – or will it tear both their lives apart?
This totally gripping and irresistible story of wartime love and heartbreak will captivate readers who love Lorna Cook, Fiona Valpy and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Readers love Letters to a Stranger:
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‘Heart-breaking… a truly amazing experience. You simply forget you are reading and just let it pull you in and wrap its arms around you.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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‘Brilliant! I didn’t want the book to end… excellent!’ Netgalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Completely charmed me!… made me smile and cheer… wonderful… I am dying to read more!… 5 glowing stars.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I was hooked… you’ll want to go back and reread the book to spot all the clues again!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐