La novela se lee muy bien, engancha y me ha gustado que trate ciertos temas que no puedo mencionar sin spoilear.
Me pregunto cu nta gente no vivi situaciones parecidas durante la I y II WWPD Hay algo en las autoras inglesas, que me hacen caer rendida a sus pies.
A very clever novel which time slips between two romances in modern and WW2 era London When Jess finds a box of old letters while hiding in an abandoned house to escape her abusive boyfriend , we are transported back in time to the heartrending love story of Stella and Dan a U.
S Bomber pilot flying missions over Europe I usually think stories told through letters are tedious, but this book finds just the right mix I m not surprised that several of my Bookclub s have chosen this as their monthly read I was sure this was a 5 star read until about 3 4 of the way through when things started to feel a bit rushed and perhaps a bit coincidental as the modern romance takes center stage That said, I predict this book will be highly rated by most and I m happy to say the final wrap up manages not to disappoint 4.
5 stars Every so often, a book comes along that is so thoroughly perfect that you feel like you re going to burst if you can t tell everyone about it Otherwise they might never read it and that would be so dreadful Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey is published by Simon Schuster on 23 April in paperback and for kindle it s a substantial read, 560 wonderful pages, but it could have been twice as long as I never wanted it to finish We all read for different reasons, but one of the things I love is the way you can live inside a book for as long as you re reading it, entirely leaving the real world behind and when this book ended, I cried my eyes out because everything had been so perfect For three thoroughly blissful days I was totally lost in the wartime love affair of Stella and Dan, aching for them with every obstacle and injustice they encounter, my heart in my mouth waiting for Ruby Shoes to return safely and for Dan to write his next letter The author does a magnificent job of recreating wartime Britain, peopled with vividly drawn characters and with just enough well researched detail to bring it all to life I loved the detail around the preparations for the fete and the arguments over scones and ginger cake , the preparing of food, the effect of rationing and the value of tinned peaches , the impact of the blackout But she also conveys the very different world Stella inhabited the moral unassailability of the church, the expectations of women, the challenges of being different.
The book opens with Jess a character you quickly get very attached to running away from her present day problems, finding refuge in a deserted house, and stumbling across the wartime story of Stella and Dan after discovering a box of letters The structure is really clever as Jess reads the letters we read them with her, the gaps are filled by our visits to Stella s world, and the whole book moves totally seamlessly between the two worlds With a thoroughly gripping and unashamedly romantic story line, the whole book is beautifully crafted Sometimes with dual timeframe stories you find the shift from one to the other can be a wrench, or you prefer one storyline over the other in this book there are no such problems, I was every bit as interested in how the story of Jess and Will played out as I was in Stella and Dan It s quite amazing that this is a debut Iona Grey is an incredibly accomplished story teller, and I m looking forward greatly to seeing what she does next This is a book you really mustn t miss I loved it My thanks to netgalley and the publishers for my advance reading e copy.
My interest peaked somewhere in the middle and I had a hard time finishing this book It was a little too Nicholas Sparks for me, not sure how I ended up with this on my reading list I should probably put a note about that when I add a book I know it was a different time, but Stella was hard to take She was such a mousy person who could have spoken up once, at several different points during the story, and everything would have been fine Right down to the central split in the book She created this situation and it was so unnecessary Contrived plot crises are bad, but the thing about this book that really got me was the use of the lazy writers crutch, the perfectly timed coincidence When that happens in a book, it really almost kills it for me It s so sloppy The latter half of this book was just littered with them, one after another Every time the writer needed to fix something, suddenly the person in the room would just happen to be the one person in all of England who knew where another individual was located Too much.
T W Rape, Domestic Violence, Depression with descriptions of taking anti depressants Letters to the Lost was a book that I won in a prize pack a few months ago on Twitter, being interested in stories involving the use of letters written in letter form, I was keen to see how this novel would play out Despite the trigger warnings listed above, I actually enjoyed this one and thought it was a good read Set between the year 2011 and WW2, Jess has escaped from a toxic relationship and taken shelter in an old house that has been left abandoned During her hiding away, she stumbles on a collection of letters including one recently sent by Dan, a pilot from America that fought in the war many years ago and wanting to connect again with his long lost love Stella Jess decides that to move on with her life, that she needs to track down this Stella In the process, she meets Will, working for an heir hunting company and recently got the keys to the house that Jess has been hiding in Together, they work to solve the mystery The novel does flip back and forth between the 1940s and 2011, but the events of WW2 were utterly heartbreaking It did warn on the cover that the story would break my heart, it certainly did that.
The pacing did drag, hence why I decided not to give Letters to the Lost a full five stars For a standalone novel, the plot twists kept me interested right until the very end I also love anything to do with ancestry and tracing relatives missing people, so that appealed to me throughout as Jess and Will were doing some research into past records The triggers were also a little graphic and made me feel a little bit uncomfortable at times.
Pues s , se merece 5 estrellas porque a pesar de que iba con mucho miedo al leer este libro ya que el estilo de narraci n no suele ser mi preferido, ha conseguido engancharme completamente.
Me ha parecido preciosa la historia de Dan y Stella, con sus momentos agridulces pero que merece la pena totalmente.
La historia del presente me ha gustado menos, me ha parecido un poco m s precipitada y rebuscada, pero bueno merece la pena por la relaci n de amistad entre Jess y Dan y lo que hacen por ste.
Y que conste que es ganadora de dos premios, y creo que merecidos Pero por ese final yo no la catalogar a de rom ntica y no estoy spoileando nada, ya que nada m s empezar te das cuenta de que el tema no pinta bien, nada bien.
Este tipo de ambientaci n, muy lograda y que aplaudo porque considero que es mucha la documentaci n que hay detr s y se nota da pie a este tipo de historias, que da la sensaci n de que ya has le do en muchas ocasiones.
Ciertas cosas me parecen cogidos con pinzas pero para ser una primera novela no est nada mal No s qu decir En m hay un vac o que no s c mo llenar No se trata de ning n pozo oscuro ni de un agujero insondable M s bien se trata de una sensaci n de tristeza de una leve pauta, en medio de la realidad La historia que narra Iona Grey es dura, triste, como solo puede serlo la guerra y la carencia de amor y respeto el irremediable final Sin embargo, tambi n hay una nota de color en medio de tanta negrura, una nota de voces j venes, con sus conflictos y traumas, que aportan una esperanza de futuro.
Rese a Las cosas que dejamos atr s son las cosas que importan, como rocas expuestas por la marea menguante As que ha escrito la carta, y ahora aguarda impaciente a que esta emprenda su viaje Hacia el pasado Solo os dir que ha sido una lectura preciosa y que ahora mismo tengo el corazon en un pu o tras terminarlo Es de esos libros que te conquistan poco a poco.