"Tina Craig works all the hours she can and volunteers in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. 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 forever.
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 imagine.
It's time to open The Letter."
Before | I have to admit, I'm not really looking forward to this month's book and I'm finding it hard to get the motivation to sit down and start reading. It's got good reviews and apparently was a bestselling eBook prior to its publication. The storyline seems pretty standard and I'm anticipating a gentle read.
During | After actually cracking this book open, I quickly got swept up. I wouldn't say I was enjoying it necessarily, just that it was simple in its prose and easy to sit and read a chunk at a time. It's hard to go into the plot without giving too much away. Expect lovestruck teenagers, forbidden love, unplanned pregnancies, domestic abuse and more.....with a bit of mystery thrown in. I did find myself questioning some of the vocabulary at times - the book is split between the 1970s and pre-war 1930s and I was unsure if the word 'bloke' and phrase 'hanging round' would have been used back then? Correct me if I'm wrong! I also felt that some parts were rushed. It helped keep the pace, but midway through a pretty epic event in Tina's life is covered with just a few pages.
After | This isn't a book which is going to stay with me. I think it's one Mum may like, but I prefer a slightly more challenging read and this all just felt a bit basic and underwhelming. Especially with Amazon promising that it was "guaranteed to break your heart"....the sadness of the characters' situations resonated with me but didn't strike deep enough to create any real emotion. It served to give me a bit of light relief in between some of my 'heavier' books, but my general feeling is that this wasn't a unique story and has been done so much better elsewhere.