The Letter

The LetterThe Letter by Kathryn Hughes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Letter is beautiful and at times bittersweet historical mystery novel.

The story goes back and forth between 1938 and 1970. Even thru the happy ending was predictable, the story itself was full of many heartbreaking events.

First, Chrissie, a daughter of a town physician gets involved with a young man that was adopted at birth. Her father, for an unknown reason, dislikes Billy and does everything possible in his power to separate the couple. He succeeds – pregnant Chrissie is sent away to Scotland, abandoned by her parents and her lover. She gives birth to a son, William, who has been adopted by a family in America. Very interesting how story repeats itself here.

Second, Tina, a young woman who is physically and emotionally abused by her husband for years. Tina finally gets enough courage to leave her husband when she discovers that she is pregnant. Thinking that baby will change her husband’s behavior – Tina is back with Ricky until his final outburst.

And finally The Letter…

While volunteering at the shop, Tina finds an unopened letter. Its content gets Tina’s attention and she is trying to find Chrissie, the person the letter is addressed to.

Meanwhile, William is on a mission to find his birth mother. His journey takes him to Scotland, where he was born, and to England where he thinks his mother was born/raised.

Tina and William meet at the library to which they both came to find more information about Chrissie. Tina gives William The Letter and all the info she was able to collect about his birth mother. In return, William asks Tina to go back to Scotland with him for a final attempt to locate his mother.

At last, mother and son reunite. Chrissie finally reads The Letter that brings her closure that she’s been longing for so long.

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