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Letters to My Mother

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Poignant May-December Novel

Letters To My Mother is the bittersweet story of a love affair between a college professor and the student he hires as his typist. Kate is 19, gifted, naive and shy; David is a renowned biochemist stuck in a loveless marriage. While Kate is immediately infatuated with...
Letters To My Mother is the bittersweet story of a love affair between a college professor and the student he hires as his typist. Kate is 19, gifted, naive and shy; David is a renowned biochemist stuck in a loveless marriage. While Kate is immediately infatuated with the older man, David is doubly cautious: he's unwilling to take advantage of Kate's innocence and he realizes, too, that in falling in love with Kate he runs the risk that she will eventually meet someone her own age, leave him, and break his heart.

A great age difference between the main characters is generally taboo in romance writing but, in the case of Letters, the relationship between Kate and David evolves from friendship to love so naturally that the reader is hardly aware of the disparity. Set in 1950s Seattle, the book is touching, realistic and provocative - I highly recommend it.

posted by California-reader on July 22, 2010

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Kind of slow

I had a hard time finishing this book -- it just didn't grab my interest long enough -- in fact I was glad when I was finished.

posted by Lady_Di_52 on October 13, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2010

    Kind of slow

    I had a hard time finishing this book -- it just didn't grab my interest long enough -- in fact I was glad when I was finished.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Eh... Not bad, not great.

    Not too bad, overall, but there were some very slow parts which were hard to get through. All the sailing jargon bored me to death and I found myself skimming several pages for this reason. I had a difficult time liking any of the characters, so I was somewhat indifferent about what happened to any of them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 2, 2010

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