Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them: she is newly married, and he is an American bomber pilot whose chance of survival is just one in five.
… He promised to love her forever
Seventy years later Dan makes one final attempt to find the girl he has never forgotten, and sends a letter to the house where they shared a brief yet perfect happiness. But Stella has gone, and the letter is opened by Jess, a young girl hiding from problems of her own. And as Jess reads Dan's words, she is captivated by the story of a love affair that burned so bright and dimmed too soon. Can she help Dan find Stella before it is too late?
Now forever is finally running out."
Please, please whatever you do, do not read this book in public. Lock yourself indoors, grab a big mug of tea and a box of tissues and prepare to have your heart squeezed. This is a gorgeous tale of love and loss, based in the present day and the 1940's - alternating chapters tell the story of Stella and Dan in the 40's and Jess and Will in the present day. The format works really well, and at the end of each "switch" I was desperate to get back to the alternate time period to find out what was going to happen to each couple.
The characters are really well-written, I loved Dan and Stella, and the whole dynamic of their relationship. Jess and Will are also great characters - you can't help but feel for Jess and her situation, and I was rooting for Will all the way through. By the end I was sobbing into my margarita, poolside, in front of all the other holiday makers in my Vegas hotel, but it was absolutely worth every weird look I got - Letters to the Lost gets 5 stars from me.
Letters to the Lost is out on 23rd April and you can get it here:
**Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my advance copy**