A wonderfully hearty-sized book, filled with intrigue, that travels between modern day 2011 and wartime 1943.
In the 1940s a young woman makes an unfortunate marriage to a man who appears to not want her in any way. Left alone when he joins the war, she can't help but feel sparkles of interest when an American meets her in town. The relationship, or lack of one, goes back and forth for the next 60ish years.
Meanwhile, in 2011, a young girl running from an abusive relationship finds herself hiding out in an abandoned house....filled with letters from the American airman to the young woman, starting all those years ago.
Together with a young man who happens upon her unexpectedly, they decide to join forces and discover the truth about Dan and Stella.
The story itself is rich in history and facts about that time in London. This is definitely a book you can sit down and sink into for a while.
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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunn Books
May 26, 2015
An accomplished novel from a talented writer, Letters to the Lost is a
stunning, emotional love story. Iona Grey's prose is warm, evocative,
and immediately engaging; her characters become so real you can't bear
to let them go.
I promised to love you forever, in a time when I
didn't know if I'd live to see the start of another week. Now it looks
like forever is finally running out. I never stopped loving you. I
tried, for the sake of my own sanity, but I never even got close, and I
never stopped hoping either.
Late on a frozen February
evening, a young woman is running through the streets of London. Having
fled from her abusive boyfriend and with nowhere to go, Jess stumbles
onto a forgotten lane where a small, clearly unlived in old house offers
her best chance of shelter for the night. The next morning, a
mysterious letter arrives and when she can't help but open it, she finds
herself drawn inexorably into the story of two lovers from another
In London 1942, Stella meets Dan, a US airman, quite by
accident, but there is no denying the impossible, unstoppable attraction
that draws them together. Dan is a B-17 pilot flying his bomber into
Europe from a British airbase; his odds of survival are one in five. In
the midst of such uncertainty, the one thing they hold onto is the
letters they write to each other. Fate is unkind and they are separated
by decades and continents. In the present, Jess becomes determined to
find out what happened to them. Her hope--inspired by a love so powerful
it spans a lifetime--will lead her to find a startling redemption in
her own life in this powerfully moving novel.