“Letters to the Lost” by Iona Grey
Blurb: Just in time for romantic summer vacation reading, get swept up in LETTERS TO THE LOST by Iona Grey (St. Martin’s Press; May 26, 2015; $25.99), a mesmerizing and heartbreaking story about Stella and Dan, young lovers in chaotic London during World War II. Years after their affair, Jess, a singer running from her circumstances, takes shelter in an empty house and happens upon a series of letters that bring Stella and Dan’s tragedy to life.
In 1943, Stella Thorne has just married a vicar to become a church wife surrounded by a watchful congregation. Stella soon finds marriage lonely and cold, and is in the depths of loneliness when she has a chance encounter with Dan Rosinski. Drawn together by a love unlike anything they have experienced before, Stella and Dan cannot fight the feelings that spring up between them. But fate is unkind and they are lost to each other, maybe forever. In a last attempt to save that once-in-a-lifetime feeling they shared, Dan writes Stella a letter seventy years later, searching for understanding before it is too late.
When Jess finds Dan’s letter, she feels a need to help Dan with his desperate attempt to reach the woman he cannot forget. Trying to escape her own abusive boyfriend, Jess is an unlikely champion for Dan, but works to uncover where Stella has been all these years. When a stranger appears, he too plunges into the story and a friendship with plucky, passionate Jess. As they pour through years’ worth of letters and records within London, they start to discover the circumstances that caused Stella to abandon her love and the dark secret she kept all these years.
With endorsements from Rosamunde Pilcher, Kate Alcott, Lauren Willig, and Lucinda Riley, LETTERS TO THE LOST is the perfect read for lovers of epic and romantic historical fiction.
“Letters to the Lost is a powerful debut, one of those rare books that grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go. It’s a heart-wrenching, smile-through-the-tears story of love lost and refound– you won’t be able to put it down! “ Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The Ashford Affair
“Letters to the Lost pulsates with life, offering a vibrant love story that transcends time and the heartbreak of war. Settle in somewhere comfortable; you are in for an enthralling read.” Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker and A Touch of Stardust
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About author, Iona Grey: Iona has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the live so women in the twentieth century. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband and three daughters.