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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.


I got Letters to the Lost as a bookbloggerSS gift, so I thought I would give it a a read of Christmas!
I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in w long time, I read this book in a matter of hours, only putting it down to walk my dog and eat!
The chapters weren’t too long and the layout made the pages so easy to read, I was flying through the words but able to savour each of them. The story really played out on my head with this book.
The writing was descriptive and interesting, every chapter pulled me further and further into the plot until I just couldn’t stop reading, I had to know what was going to happen next.

I loved how it started with a letter, we got to see the tradgedy and hurt in the first letter, what the character might have been going through and then how more and more unfolded through letters, the two main characters mostly interacted through letters or emails, sometimes instant messages but that was more towards the end of the book, I thought this would make the book a little boring, but it certainly did not, in fact it made the story so interesting. They were talking to each other, but didn’t know who the other was, and then we could see the interactions outside of the emails, how they were so different but yet we knew under their personas they were so similar. I loved how there was even a connection when they jumped into one another in person, they pretended to dislike each other, but the spark or whatever was definitely there.

I loved both characters, what they had to go through with the loser in there lives was written beautifully. The characters were developed well but yet stayed true to who they were. I was a big fan of Rev too, his back story was powerful and sad and I am so glad that Brigid is writing his story, I cannot wait for More Than We Can Tell!
I wasn’t a big fan of the other side characters, Rowan annoyed me a little with how she handled Juliet’s grief, I felt like she thought she should just get over it, I did warm to her a little more towards the end with Brandon. I hated Alan a lot, and Declan’s Mum, what on earth kind of parenting was that, the scene with Alan and Declan towards the end was sort of nice, but he deserved a lot more!
Apart from Rev I think Frank (Melonhead, lol! I wish Declan called him that to his face) was my favourite side character, he was so sweet to Declan, a father figure when he needed it.

Grief and conquering that was the main aspect of the story and it was written so well! There were some unexpected turns in the story that I thought were great plot twists!

All in all I just loved this book! It was a brilliant slow burner romance, I really enjoyed the ending, I thought it perfectly summed up the whole book. I would highly recommend this to YA lovers, it’s a brilliant easy read!

Anyone else have any thoughts on Letters to the Lost?

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