Letter from a Stranger

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Letter from a Stranger

After reading many Barbara Taylor Bradford books, I was anxious to see this one. I am not sorry as I really enjoyed this latest book by this very good writer. This installment in the books of Barbara Taylor Bradford is not the same as some of the others, a bit softer perhaps, but it does include a very strong female main character, which is usually true of her other books.

The story begins with Justine Nolan, a documentary film maker who is taking a weekend off at her home in the Litchfield Hills in Connecticut. A letter is delivered there for Justine’s mother , Deborah Nolan, and following the directions of her mother she opens it to see if it is important enough to send on to California, where her mother is now living. The letter is from a friend of her deceased grandmother asking that Deborah visit her mother in Istanbul as their so-called estrangement had gone on long enough. This was a complete surprise to Justine and her twin brother Richard as they were told by Deborah that their grandmother had died in a plane crash many years ago. Justine decides to go to Instanbul to find her grandmother.

Justine and Richard cannot believe that their mother would do such a horrendous thing, keeping them from the grandmother that they loved so, they make a pact to find her and settle things with their mother.

The scenes and sights in Turkey puts the reader right in the center of this beautiful city and there is everything from intrigue to romance in the book, as in all Bradford books. An enjoyable family saga that will explain why Deborah told her children this story, with a very powerful secret at the end. A definite keeper!!

Book Blurb for Letter from a Stranger

Justine Nolan is a documentary film maker who lost her beloved grandmother a decade ago—the person who was the only source of love and comfort in her life.  Her own mother Deborah had always been distant and uninvolved, following her own agenda in pursuit of her career as an interior designer.  But when Justine inadvertently opens a letter addressed to her mother, she discovers that not only is her grandmother Gabri alive, but that Deborah has deliberately estranged the family from her for all these years.  Justine’s search for her grandmother takes her to Istanbul where she begins to uncover the family’s secrets that stretch all the way back to World War II.  As the layers of deception peel away, Justine begins to understand a woman she never really knew…and she begins to ask questions about the true desires of her own heart.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2012 4.50