Letters to the Lost (Hardcover)

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Running for her life from an abusive boyfriend and having no safe place to go to, Jess crouches behind shrubbery at the back of a house, hoping she will be lost to him forever. Cold, wet and afraid, where can she safely hide from him? When Jess realizes the house appears vacant, she breaks in. What she finds is a house without it's owner...everything left as it was when the owner walked out.

When a letter from the U.S. --marked URGENT-- is dropped through the mail chute, Jess is torn as to whether to open it. Curiosity wins and a journey Jess never intended to take begins. Written to a woman named Stella, this is a final attempt to contact Dan Rosinski's true love... a love he has carried since WWII. Dan is ill and doesn't have much time left, and touched by his letter, Jess decides to make it her mission to find Stella. After all, this has to be Stella's house That's a good place to start. A beautiful historical love story that spans 70 years, from a chance encounter in London in 1942, to Maine 2011. Perfect for Kate Morton fans!

— Brenda


An accomplished novel from a talented writer, Letters to the Lost is a stunning, emotional love story. Iona Grey's prose is warm, evocative, and immediately engaging; her characters become so real you can't bear to let them go.

I promised to love you forever, in a time when I didn't know if I'd live to see the start of another week. Now it looks like forever is finally running out. I never stopped loving you. I tried, for the sake of my own sanity, but I never even got close, and I never stopped hoping either.

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 another time.

In London 1942, Stella meets Dan, a US airman, quite by accident, but there is no denying the impossible, unstoppable attraction that draws them together. Dan is a B-17 pilot flying his bomber into Europe from a British airbase; his odds of survival are one in five. In the midst of such uncertainty, 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 in this powerfully moving novel.

About the Author

IONA GREY is the author of Letters to the Lost. She has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the lives of women in the twentieth century. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband and three daughters.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250066770
ISBN-10: 1250066778
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 384
Language: English