It has has taken me over 4 weeks to write this review and I know that it is still nowhere near the kind of review Letters to the Lost deserves.
A book like this deserves a review that will talk to the heart and create a host of emotions to match those that are evoked within the pages of this story.
In fact it is exceptionally hard to do justice to something that happens to be one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever read and held.
This truly beautiful debut which is told through a dual timeline flows effortlessly between era’s as we discover two stories that are both rich with emotion and longing, but in very different ways.
1943, in the ruins of Blitzed London…
Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them: she is newly married, and he is an American bomber pilot whose chance of survival is just one in five.
… He promised to love her forever
Seventy years later Dan makes one final attempt to find the girl he has never forgotten, and 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, a young girl hiding from problems of her own. And as Jess reads Dan’s words, she is captivated by the story of a love affair that burned so bright and dimmed too soon. Can she help Dan find Stella before it is too late?
I cannot emphasise enough how beautiful and captivating this story really is, I have never before read a book that is 560 pages long and found myself longing for more. The characters, their stories, everything about this book is pure brilliance.
Iona Grey has penned a story that is deep rooted with friendship, romance and history. A story that will evoke so many emotions as you share in the plights of the characters.
Stella and Jess are wonderful characters, in some ways their lives are very similar despite their circumstances being different.
I became invested in both of their stories and found myself loving their stories in equal measure.
But sorry Will, when it comes to my hero of the story, it has to be Dan.
Dan felt like the strongest voice to me, despite his narrative always being in letter form he was the character who I felt connected the story and brought about the biggest change.
I found myself dreaming of his letters and talking about him as if he was writing to me.
He is an incredible character, not only did he survive the war and return a hero, he also loved Stella unconditionally for over 70 years and he always seemed to bring out the hidden strength in those he met and for me that made him extra special!
I could talk about this BEAUTIFUL, BRILLIANT and FLAWLESS book all day but let’s be honest you don’t want to be reading this review when you could be reading Letters To The Lost.
Go and buy it now, your heart will thank you!