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The Girl in the Letter

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Gripping. Mesmerising. Haunting. Heart-breaking. Once you've heard her story, you will never forget The Girl in the Letter. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lesley Pearse and Kathryn Hughes, this page-turning, moving novel of separation and long-buried secrets will stay with you forever.

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.

1956. When Ivy Jenki
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Review (first published 2018)
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Berit☀️✨
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Mesmerizing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This was such a heart wrenching captivating story very reminiscent of “before We Were Yours”; One of my top reads of 2017... i’m not a big fan of comparing books, but in this case it is almost impossible not to... from the duel timelines to the horrific treatment of children steeped in history... if you enjoyed BWWY you will absolutely be entranced by this book as well....

There are so many layers to the story... so many well-developed multi dimensional characters, but
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Pauline
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis is the sad story of unmarried girls who are sent by their families to mother and baby homes to give birth and the way they are treated while they are there. This book also tells the story of Kitty who is looking for her sister who was left at the home and Samantha the journalist who will stop at nothing for this story to be told. I would like to thank NetGalley and Headline for my e_copy in exchange for an honest review.
Selena
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis from Goodreads for my honest review.

Ivy Jenkins is sent to St. Margarets in 1956. She is pregnant but not married and her family is ashamed. She is told that when she has her baby, it will be adopted and then she gets to go back home.

In present-day, Sam, a mother and journalist is exhausted and needs a break in her career. She comes across a letter and decides to investigate the information in it. Further letters emerge come fo
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Selena
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis from Goodreads for my honest review.

Ivy Jenkins is sent to St. Margarets in 1956. She is pregnant but not married and her family is ashamed. She is told that when she has her baby, it will be adopted and then she gets to go back home.

In present-day, Sam, a mother and journalist is exhausted and needs a break in her career. She comes across a letter and decides to investigate the information in it. Further letters emerge come for
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Adele Shea
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This book grabbed a hold of me for the first three quarters of it. The whole story in regards a Mother and Baby facility in the 1950/60/70, was fascinating but at time hard to read. To think that these types of places actually existed is hard to comprehend. The last quarter of the book dragged on for me and I found it becoming more far fetched the further in, to the point I couldn't wait to get to the end.
Eva
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5* --> 5*

Wow! The Girl in the Letter has left me rather speechless and let me tell you that doesn’t happen very often. I feel quite lost for words and slightly incapable of forming any kind of coherent sentence, nor do I have a clue as to how to do this novel justice.

In her debut novel, Emily Gunnis tackles one of the most disturbing topics in history. That of the mother and baby homes, where single expecting mothers were sent to give birth away from the disapproving eyes of relatives and n
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Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The chapters in this story alternate between 1956, telling Ivy's story and 2017, following Sam's research for an article. While this is a story about family bonds, loss and perseverance, it is also an eye-opening story about the abuse of power and a society whose judgement is more important than the welfare of its children. With issues like those, it's not surprising that this book has emotional scenes.

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.
I so enjoyed that this was
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Karen
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5*

Oh my. What to say about this book. When I first saw the description it was one that absolutely appealed to me. Dual time, historical fiction – just the sort of book I love. What I wasn’t expecting was such an emotional, harrowing and dark read, bordering on the thriller genre.

The story begins with a prologue in 1959 and a letter from Ivy Jenkins addressed to someone called Elvira. This is the first of many heart-breaking letters that we see from Ivy. Ivy’s backstory is gradually revealed bu
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Amanda
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’m speechless ,this was a thought provoking this book. book which keeps you gripped and leaves you thinking about it even after you’ve finished it.
It’s not a subject I know a lot about, but I found it heart breaking that in the 50’s till the 70’s unmarried mothers were sent away to give birth & have their babies adopted, but what saddened me was that when these girls needed love and support,they were treated so coldly and expected to work hard. It seems crazy that they sent them away to av
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Anne
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells the harrowing story of a mother and baby home for unmarried mothers. I think this is an important issue and the notes at the end were very interesting about the older children and doctors (without giving any spoilers)

I enjoyed the fast moving plot. However, I think it was rather obvious in places and perhaps if less clues were given the big reveals could've been less expected. I would also have li
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Stephanie Anze
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Samantha Harper is a journalist for the local newspaper. Recently separated from her husband, Sam and her daughter Emma live with her grandmother. One evening Sam spots an old letter in her grandmother's home. The author, a girl named Ivy, writes from the (now-defunct) St. Margaret's mother-and-baby home. In the letter, Ivy pleads to the father of her baby to take her away from this place, describing terrible and harsh living circumstances. Sam learns that St. Margaret's is due to be demolished ...more
Charlotte Burt
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting story but this is a debut novel and it shows sometimes. I found the multiple point of views a little distracting.
Bmquiram
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis
Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Summary

Sam and her four-year-old daughter are living with her grandmother because she is having marriage troubles and is taking a break from her husband Ben. She is struggling to make a name for herself as a journalist while living the life of a single mother. When she finds a faded old letter in her grandmother's house she thinks she has found the story that will catapult her to the top of the industry. She end’s up following lead a
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Joanna Park
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was a stunning read! I really can’t believe this was a debut novel, the book is so well written and paced perfectly that makes it very hard to put down. I instantly felt involved in the characters lives and stories and wanted to know more about them.

This is an incredibly poignant and emotional story made even more so because it is true. The events in this book actually happened, unmarried women were treated this way and their babies were taken from that which is truly heartbreaking to r
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Ghost of the Library
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I basically read this in about 3h...mind is still processing everything...review to follow.

What does a ghost do when insomnia sets in? ....go on Goodreads and catch up on reviews slightly overdue.
Anyone who's paid attention to my lists and profile will know I don't normally go for contemporary fiction, I like my authors dead like me...lol.
However, once in a blue moon a book comes along that catches my eye, the wind is blowing in the right direction and i find myself reading something like this i
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Alison Eden
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#TheGirlInTheLetter:theMostGripping,heartwrenchingPage-turnerOfTheYear #NetGalley Wow - what a harrowing and heart wrenching novel, even more so because, whilst this may be fictional, the events that happened at the Catholic mother and baby homes have been proven to be true. Lots of action that is gripping, intriguing and upsetting all at the same time. I enjoyed, if that is the right word, seeing the links between all the characters and how Sam finally got to the truth in the most heart breakin ...more
Claire Baxter
The Girl in the Letter is an engaging mystery based around a home where young, unmarried, pregnant girls were sent to have their babies in the 60s. Told from the perspectives of two main characters and jumping forwards and backwards in time to tell the story, the book keeps you interested until the end. I found the writing to be a little clunky at times but enjoyed the story and thought it was further improved by the references at the end to the author's research into the true stories of these h ...more
Anne
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Left me thoughtful, shocked and with tears more than once. It won't leave my thoughts that fast for sure.
Erika
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fictional story about a mother & baby home in Sussex, it's told in past and present, a story of descendants, of some of the mother's who gave birth in the home.
You have a reporter who comes across the first letter which is the introduction to the story... she finds herself unable to let it go and with the demolition in just a few days time... she's running out of time to find out what really went on.

There are lots of plot twists, dark mystery and intrigue to keep you guessing unt
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Suzanne Lindfors
A compelling, often harrowing read, which flits between 1950s Sussex to modern-day Brighton. A single-mother journalist - Sam Harper - discovers intriguing letters linked to a now-derelict mother-and-baby home, which is soon to be demolished. With just days to find out more about the writer of the letters before the building is torn down, Sam sets off on a breakneck mission which uncovers some disturbing facts about the Catholic Church, a famous TV personality - and her own family.

Emily Gunnis
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Shelley
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a gripping book. I have read and watched many harrowing historical accounts of mother and baby homes run by the Catholic Church but this novel brought these accounts to life in a very chilling and gripping way. The characters are very realistic and the author has written in such a way that it is possible for the reader to become completely immersed in the story, I particularly like how the chapters jump backwards and forwards from the 1950s and the present day - this kept the story mov ...more
Rebecca
Aug 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-a-copy
99 cents on Kindle
Bmquiram
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis
Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Summary

Sam and her four-year-old daughter are living with her grandmother because she is having marriage troubles and is taking a break from her husband Ben. She is struggling to make a name for herself as a journalist while living the life of a single mother. When she finds a faded old letter in her grandmother's house she thinks she has found the story that will catapult her to the top of the industry. She end’s up following lead a
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Sophie Earnshaw
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredible writing from Emily Gunnis. I was absolutely gripped and couldn’t put this book down. A must read book for the Summer.
I cannot imagine how many hours of research went into the writing of The Girl in the Letter but it was certainly worth it as the book is completely compelling. The plot, the twists and the characters I know I will be thinking about for a long time. I was really emotional in parts and I also have a personal link to part of the plot but I certainly didn’t want the book t
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Sophie Cornish
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly gripping story written with honesty and drama and equal parts. Heartbreaking and shocking, but so brilliantly told, you won't be able to put it down, even when you can hardly bear to find out what happens next. I absolutely recommend it.
Jo
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-book, 2018
I downloaded this book after stumbling across it whilst looking for some free kindle books. And what a hidden gem it was too! I read the book in two sittings and couldn’t wait to get home from work to find out how the story unfolded. A lovely read, despite some of the horrid tales.
Nicole Mantegna
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time!
Cheryl
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, it was different to what I had been expecting but it was great. You think you know what is coming, but there were so many twists it definitely keeps you guessing. Definitely recommend this book.
Joy Lenton
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This tantalising book proves that the past is rarely a foreign country that is seldom visited. On the contrary, it has deep resonance with our lives in the present, even when we barely register it. And sometimes it jumps out to bite us.

One way we keep the past alive is via old letters that provide intriguing clues to events that took place, as we see here. These surviving relics are rich in mystery and unsolved secrets, ones that link generations and provide evidence to help convict the guilty
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Clodagh Higginson
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you read only one book this year read The Girl in the Letter. A heart-breaking page turner whose characters will remain with you long after you reluctantly close the book for the last time. Emily Gunnis shines a sharp light onto the dark and shameful practice of locking up the innocent and wrenching babies from the arms of their mothers in 1950’s England. One look at Trump’s America is now a chilling reminder that more than half a century later, the world has still not learned its lesson.
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