Review: Letters to the Lost

Title: Letters to the Lost
23014759Author: Iona Grey
384 pages, published May 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction, WW2
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

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 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.

My Review:

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

Happy Reading!


  1. I got this book after seeing how much you loved it on Goodreads! I am just starting to enjoy historical fiction more, and this sounds great! Wonderful review!

  2. This is on my must-read list for 2016 and I'm glad you liked it so much! I love WWII fiction and stories told in letters, so I'm fully expecting to enjoy this one.


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