Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey
Genres: Historical, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 23rd April 2015.
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
Sixty 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?
Now forever is finally running out.
Book Review ~ ‘Letters to the Lost’ by Iona Grey ~ 5+ Stars!
I cannot think of any words big enough to describe the pure emotion and adoration I have for this book. Iona Grey has created not only a beautifully crafted dual love story, but has infused it with such tenderness, heartache and inspiration that Stella and Dan’s story will stay with me for years to come.
Stella and Dan are from very different lives, and seeing their relationship develop through the letters that young Jess discovers and the flashbacks to 1943 were simply beautiful to read. I fell for them immediately, and my heart ached to know that their happy ending was out of reach. I was desperate to know what had become of these two people who loved each other so much, and for them to finally reunite. Through her part in trying to reunite Stella and Dan, Jess’ happiness soon became my own, and I fell in love with the broken girl who began to blossom with Dan’s caring emails, and Will’s attentive nature.
Both the present day scenes and those of 1943 were written to perfection. Everything about the period felt real, and I could see, smell and feel every place that Stella visited in war-time London. I felt her love for Dan as if it were my own, and wanted more than anything for her to escape her painful marriage and for Dan to beat the odds and survive his term as a pilot, so they could live their life together.
The outside world tries to pull them apart, but with Jess’ intervention, we see that maybe love can last forever.
A stunningly romantic story that had me in floods of tears, whilst denying it to those witnessing my emotional breakdown….Nope those aren’t tears, nope not crying, I just have an eyelash in my eye…or a hedgehog….
5+ stars ❤
*Review copy was kindly provided by the author through NetGalley*
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