BLOGGER BOOKCLUB: The Letter by Kathryn Hughes

Monday, 26 October 2015

The Book : The Letter
The Author: Kathryn Hughes
Where to buy: Amazon | Waterstones 
Rating:  3/5

"Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. Whilst going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter, the envelope firmly sealed and unfranked. Tina opens the letter and reads it - a decision that will alter the course of her life for ever...Billy Stirling knows he has been a fool, but hopes he can put things right. On 4th September 1939 he sits down to write the letter he hopes will change his future. It does - in more ways than he can ever imagine...The Letter tells the story of two women, born decades apart, whose paths are destined to cross and how one woman's devastation leads to the other's salvation."

It's difficult to talk about this book without giving too much of the plot away. Unlike our last book for Book Club I feel the blurb is a true representation of the story and what to look forward to as you make your way through it. As it suggests,the events of the book all relate to a letter Tina finds while working in a charity shop, that for some mysterious reason was never actually posted. Despite troubles in her own life with her abusive husband Rick, she's determined to get the letter to its intended recipient. The Letter is a book that flips between time periods, which is something I was a bit apprehensive about at first. It's not often I read books that are set in the past. I'm very much a modern gal when it comes to book genres. The book switches between the 1940's and 1970's. The time period in which the letter was composed by Billy Stirling to Chrissie and then Tinas quest to find her. I feel the transition between the two was nicely done. The book is actually split into 3 parts, and if you read it, you will understand why. I do think this worked well despite a couple key points ending quite quickly which I felt were a bit rushed. I will also admit that I guessed the outcome of the book about midway through. It is a little be predictable once you get into the story, but I still enjoyed it!

Having seen reviews online before, where others had stated it was a bit of a rollercoaster ride of a book, I was waiting to go through a mix of emotions when reading. Which I wont lie I did to some extent however not so much that I would say it really moved me to show it on my face! Put it this way, Tom wouldn't have known I was reading something upsetting or something that angered me at the time! Overall I would say it was a pleasant book to read. I liked how easy it was to dip in and out of which was of course handy for me as I mainly read while commuting to work. I would recommend reading it if you wanted something for that exact purpose, perhaps a good holiday read. It's not too intense and dare I say it, you dont need to concentrate too much to keep up with the different characters. 

Find out what the other girls thought of this book by checking out their blog posts. 
Lorna | Lizzie | Charli

Click here to read last months blogger book club review; The Good Girl by Fiona Neill

Our book club Book for November is Techbitch. If you would like to participate let me know in the comments on tweet me!

Much love


  1. I agree with what you mean about waiting for the emotion to hit - I was fully expecting to feel so much more then I did and I'm a little disappointed that it didn't - not an offensive book but one that I wouldn't think about reading again!

    Can't wait to read the next one - would love to get involved in the book club!


    1. Yes I would agree with you there, not one I would re read I dont think!
      You're welcome to join our book club! We post our reviews on the last Monday of each month and make sure we link to one anothers blog. Next month is 'TechBitch' if you want to join in :-)


    2. I've ordered the book now - can't wait to get involved!! Thanks!! x

  2. I haven't read a book in ages. I'm hoping to get back into reading once my baby arrives. I love a book that you can dip in and out of so I could give this one a go. There's sometimes nothing better than a light, easy read x

    1. Yes sometimes it's nice to have something that isn't so challenging! xx

  3. This sounds like a really interesting book, I like books that tell different stories simultaneously.

  4. Oh, wow! What a great idea - connecting online for book clubs. So simple, yet very rewarding. A lovely community. Thank you for your review <3

    Nicola, xo

  5. I have books coming out of my ears to review hahaha but this looks like such an interesting read I think I will have to put it on my to read list :) thanks! X


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