Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Iona Grey
384 pages, published May 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction, WW2
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
In London 1942, Stella meets Dan, a US airman,
quite by accident, but there is no denying the impossible, unstoppable
love that draws them together. Dan is a B-17 pilot flying his bomber
into Europe from a British airbase; his odds of survival at one in five.
The odds are stacked against the pair; 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.
What a fantastic book!! It did take me a little while to get into it, but when I did I was sucked in and could barely put it down. The letters were beautiful. I loved Stella and Dan. I loved how he ended every letter with, "Take care of yourself for me". The letters warmed my heart!
What was hard for me to get into at first was the present day portion of the story--I couldn't get into Jess's story and wasn't seeing how her portion of the story was even necessary or tied into the whole story. About halfway through, that started to change, and by the end, it all made perfect sense. If this one is a slow start for you like it was for me, I urge you to keep reading because it WILL be worth it!
If you love historical fiction, especially World War 2 historical fiction, this book is a must read. It's beautiful, emotional, heartbreaking at times, and powerful. You won't regret reading this book!
Overall rating for "Letters to the Lost": 5 stars