Monday, 7 May 2012

Books Read: Fiona Walker - The Love Letter

Source - Received from publisher to review

When Allegra North parted from first love Francis after a decade together, she poured all her regret into a letter. He didn't reply. A year later, her job brings her back to the beautiful Devon coast where romance first blossomed and she hopes that they can start a new chapter.

As summer storms circle, the exes juggle rebellious parents, vengeful family members and a very reluctant celebrity author who holds the key to everybody's future . . .

We first meet Allegra (Legs) in the exclusive e-book prequel, Sealed with a Kiss, where she's attending a film premiere and carrying a letter she has written to ex Francis declaring that she's made a mistake in ending their relationship and wants to give it another go.  She's undecided as to whether or not to post it but eventually does...  You don't need to have read the prequel to get into this book as both books can be read independently.

However when the story picks up in The Love Letter a year later we find that Legs is still living in London, where she works for a literary agency and having a relationship with her boss Conrad, so it appears that things did not work out as planned with Francis.  

She soon finds that her work and personal life collide when she returns to her Devon hometown to talk to Francis about getting her client, Gordon Lapis, a spot in his family's literary festival where they plan to reveal his true identity.  But she finds that things are not as simple as expected as she walks into the centre of family dramas - I won't go into details as I don't want to spoil it for readers.

I have to admit it did take me quite a while to get into the story as there was an overload of characters to get to know but once I got into the book I did start to enjoy the plot.   I did guess quite early on the true identity of Gordon Lapis but this did not deter me from the process of identifying him in the book but I do wish it had not been quite as drawn out as it was as at 665 pages this is definitely not a quick read.

I'd like to thank the Little Brown Book Group for sending me a copy of this book to review. 

1 comment:

  1. I agree - it took me around 150 pages to get into it. I think the beginning could have done with a lot of cutting but once Byrne arrived, I got into it and enjoyed it from there.