Letters to the Lost is a dual-time narrative, set in London both during Word War II and the present day.
Through a series of letters found in a run down house, Letters to the Lost provides us with an epic love story, following the blossoming but impossible relationship between the beautiful British girl, Stella Thorne, and the dashing US bomber pilot, Dan Rosinski. Stella is a naive, parentless girl, newly married to the local vicar and who’s only ambition is to have her own home and family. The vicar is a cold, unloving husband and when Stella accidentally meets Dan, they quickly fall in love. Stella and Dan know that the odds are stacked against them. Stella is already married and Dan’s chances of survival until the end of the war are only one-in-five. However, they fall hopelessly in love and dream of a life together. Fate tears them apart and they spend decades living seperate lives on different continents, yet Dan has never forgotten Stella or their time together. Dan knows that he does not have long left and is trying to find Stella before it’s too late.
In the present day, Jess is running from her abusive partner and her dead-end life. She hides in a derelict cottage where she finds a letter from Dan, trying to contact Stella. She then finds a box of letter from Dan to Stella from decades earlier. She reads about Stella and Dan’s ill-fated relationship through the series of letters and becomes determined to find Stella and re-unite the two lovers whilst there is still time.
Whilst the read is aware from the outset that the relationship between Stella and Dan did not continue beyond those war years, we can feel from the letters the deep and passionate love that they felt for each other, the pain they both endured at being parted and how eager Dan is to hear from her one last time before death takes him.
Letters to the Lost is a truly captivating tale. It is a beautifully written and evocative love story that tells of a love so deep and powerful that it spans a lifetime, despite decades spent apart. You cannot help but become absorbed in the story as you feel both their pain and their sorrow. This was a deeply moving tale that really captured my heart and my imagination from the very first page. It is a gorgeous tale of love, loss and true romance.