Another bonus review on the blog today – Iona Grey’s Letters to the Lost. This was my Curtis Brown Book Group book for March – and it would have been my book of the week back when I read it – except that it was a month from it’s release at the time, and I hate reading reviews of books and then not being able to buy them *rightnow*. So here we are, the book comes out today and I can tell you about it.
In modern day London, Jess breaks into an empty house to hide after running away from her violent boyfriend. The next morning, a mysterious letter arrives at the house, and after opening it, Jess is drawn into the story of two lovers in 1942 – Stella and Dan, who is a US airman. And in keeping with my no spoilers policy*, that’s about all I’m going to tell you about the plot.
I’m not usually one for a weepy – and you know from very early on that there are going to be tears involved in this – but I absolutely loved this book. The characters felt real, the places felt real and the crying was definitely very real. I had very definite views about what I wanted to happen to some of the characters (which didn’t always come true) and wanted it to be longer – even though it’s already really quite long.
So if you like timeslips, weepies, World War 2 set epic romances and non sappy saga-y type books, this may be for you. It’d make a great holiday read – and if you’re a “normal” reader (which apparently I’m not, the speed I go through stuff) it’d probably last you a few days at the beach!
As I said, I got my copy in advance because I’m lucky enough to be in Curtis Brown’s Book group, but you can get your copy from Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles and for a bargain £3.99 (at time of writing) on Kindle.
* A policy which I’m increasingly realising means that I can’t say a lot of things that I really want to about books, but which stops me from being that person I hate, who ruins plots and shocks and reveals and spoils people’s enjoyment of books, so it stays!