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The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley

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List Price: £7.99

 

Paperback: 624 Pages.

Published: 26 July 2018 by Pan

Edition: Main Market

ISBN: 1509825045

EAN: 9781509825042

1995, London.

When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of ninety-five he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core . . .

Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist, assigned to cover the legendary actor’s funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over seventy years. As she peels back the veil of lies that has shrouded the secret, she realizes that there are other forces attempting to prevent her from discovering the truth. And they’ll stop at nothing to reach the letter before she does.

Reviews

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Good Read But a Bit far-Fetched at the End

James Harrison the famous actor has died. At his funeral an elderly lady feels unwell & asks a young journalist, Joanna Haslam, to take her home. What follows is a twisty tale of intrigue and love. Jo ends up tangled up in a complicated story which affects, and possibly even threatens, her life.

This book was headed for a five star review but during the last quarter the author got a bit carried away and pushed it down to just under a four star. I am happy to take steps of faith, amazing coincidences and suspend belief as a reader - to some extent. The last part of this book pushed me a little too far. Such a shame.

I find Lucinda Riley a bit of a hit and miss author. I am a great fan of her Seven Sisters series but have found other books not at all to my liking. This book lies somewhere in the middle.

The characters are generally well constructed throughout this book. They are a little stereotypical in places, especially Markus the grandson of James Harrison and Simon, Jo's best friend. However, I could imagine meeting them and although I may not always like eveything they did, they did seem to be generally nice characters. I do struggle with books where I don't like any of the major characters.

The central plot was good and well structured. I just felt the author got a little carried away with herself as the book progressed. She tried to fit too much into the book when I would have preferred a bit less.

I apologise if the review is a bit sketchy but I was trying to avoid spoilers!

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

 
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