Sunday, 3 May 2015
Review: Letters to my Husband by Stephanie Butland
Letters to my Husband by Stephanie Butland
I received a free copy of Letters to my Husband from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Elizabeth loses her husband in a tragic accident, he drowns in a nearby pond while saving a young woman. Devastated and overcome with loss and grief she withdraws into herself and finds comfort in writing letters to her husband each night. Who is the young woman he saved? What was she doing at the pond that night? Is her husband really the hero he's claimed to be?
Letters to my Husband was quite an emotional roller coaster. Elizabeth's grief and loss touches your heart, she's lost the love of her life and her world is falling apart. The rawness of the emotion in the book will resonate with any reader who has lost someone close to them.
The story was a wonderful mix of a melancholy and emotion with an undercurrent of suspicion and mystery woven throughout. The pacing was consistent and it was an enjoyable read, it feels wrong saying I enjoyed reading about someone else's pain in this way but we all enjoy a good heart wrenching story every so often.
The book has a few twists but I have to say I worked out early on where it was going and I was rather disappointed that I found so easy to predict. I was expecting to be reaching for the tissues but it didn't have that effect, it did pull on the heart strings but I have to admit there were times later on in the book that I felt like Elizabeth had been grieving forever and I found myself thinking it was time she pulled her socks up and at least tried to put a smile on her face. That sounds rather harsh but it's quite a draining read and grief plays a huge part of the story for almost all of the book, I just felt like it became quite overwhelming at times and there was no light at the end of the tunnel for way too long. Despite this, it was a pretty good read and I would read this author again.
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