The Last Letter

The Last Letter

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by kathleen shoop

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"Gripping historical fiction--A tale of two women finding meaning behind all that went wrong in their lives. A timeless tale of redemption with the best plot-twist at the end I've seen in a long, long time. Can't wait for book two!" New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster

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"Gripping historical fiction--A tale of two women finding meaning behind all that went wrong in their lives. A timeless tale of redemption with the best plot-twist at the end I've seen in a long, long time. Can't wait for book two!" New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Foster

Katherine wouldn't have believed it if she hadn't found the letter...

In the summer of 1905 Katherine Arthur's mother arrives on her doorstep, dying, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. Back in 1887 when Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie's husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty--a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death. ¿¿

Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine's world apart. Now, seventeen years later, and far from the homestead, Katherine has found the truth – she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it's too late?

**Independent Publisher Awards**
2011 Gold Medal, Best Regional Fiction-Midwest

**National Indie Excellence Book Awards**
2011 Finalist Award-Historical Fiction
2011 Finalist Award-Regional Fiction

**USA Best Books 2011 Awards**
Winner, Fiction--Western
Finalist, Fiction--Historical
Finalist, Best New Fiction

**International Book Awards**
2011 Finalist Award-Historical Fiction
2011 Finalist Award-Best New Fiction

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Last Letter 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 93 reviews.
Muriel Covington More than 1 year ago
Why do you people keep writing these reviews which tell the whole story! Tell whether or not you like the book and why. I don't even read these long winded reviews as I don't want to spoil the story for myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Full of excitement from beginning to end.
Twyla McBride More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this-couldn't put it down. The plot twists and at one point, I got so caught up in Jeanie's sorry husband, I found myself mad at my husband for not doing things around the house. That is a sign of a good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first when this book was recommended for my reading group, I think we were all a little sceptical. However, by the last few chapters I was on edge waiting to see what happened next. Personally, the beginning was a little slow, but by the middle of the book I was wanting more. And I thought the ending was phenomenal!
Gwen Sullivan More than 1 year ago
Great read---could not put it down....historical fiction meets mystery meets a moving story of mothers and daughters. I hope to read more by this author. A must read!
BonitaBarb More than 1 year ago
I recently read the Last Letter and was sorry to read the last page.  I wanted the story to go on.    Even though it switched back and forth between the early years and later years it was easy to follow.   Take time to read and enjoy this different story of love between a Mother and her daughters.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an unusual book with a couple of twists and turns. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this book down. The only thing is I wish there was a sequel. There were a few unanswerd questions but great story. It made me cry.
TinaMarina More than 1 year ago
Good book, tragic story.
auntmary More than 1 year ago
A little too coincidental, but even tho the reader knows how it's going to end, how you're going to get there is fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story of a family that sets off for life on the prairie and how that affected each of member of the family. Shamed from their home due to failures and dishonesty a previously wealthy family heads to the prarie destitute to stake a claim to an abandoned homestead. The detail of life on the prarie and both the reward and devastation encountered by the pioneers who inhabited that land is remarkable. All brought together by a story told by the oldest daughter who holds tesentments due to tough decisions her mother had to make. A story of survival, betrayal, love and forgiveness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too slow in getting to the point. Did not like the jumping back and forth between years. Could not finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good read, but moved a little slow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book...there were some unexpected twists, and I just couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction. It gives you a perspective on history and the early settlers and problems they faced, not only physical but emotional problems. I am, in fact, rereading it to better understand the character's actions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this and could relate to her prairie life, listening to my mother talk about being born in a sod house in the mid west. The hardships and the joys were stories you hear from a generation that is fast passing. I defintely would recommend it for a Book Club discussion.
butrkp More than 1 year ago
This is not the kind of book that makes you want to get to the end. I've been trying to get through it for the past 2 weeks. At some point, I'll continue to read it, but it's not my cup of tea.
jj999 7 months ago
This is such a one-sided novel, we get the introspection from only one character and it is repeated continuously. I got so bored wit the internal dialog of Jeanie, that I had to put down the book--repeated anger, negativity, and depression are not my thing. UGH!
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Boring, boring, boring! Disjointed. Awful and pointless
libriamorimiei 11 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! It 'so well-written, compelling that I could not put it down. The plot is uniquely and gorgeously developed. Two children Tommy and Katherine were separated from their mother Jeanie when they were 14. Their life will be tough and difficult but all of them will fight very hard to reunite the family. The story is narrated by alternating the point of view of three main characters: a narrative choice really winning. It's the second book in " The Letters Series" but you do not have to have read the first one to enjoy this one. It 's the first novel I read of this author and I look forward to reading the others, especially the Last Letter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riveting story, despite inconstencies within the condensed time frame. The reversal of fortune bears psychological impact on all characters through one calamity after another. Love a good story even if somewhat unbelieveable.
mmbear More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book has it all! And for it to have happened why back in the 1800 and 1900's is both riveting and shocking considering all that happened to this family. I guess you tend to forget that drugs have always been available and that men have always tended to have affairs when married, so I guess it shouldn't have shocked me, but it did. I think what struck me the most was how Jeanie was able to pull herself together through all of it and never let on to anyone, especially her children how deeply hurt and how deeply their father had hurt her and humiliated her. As children they may feel certain slights and snide remarks but they do not carry the true shame that a woman of that time must have felt to the core of her soul. I don't know if I would have been able to bear what Jeanie went thru, especially the final and most humiliating night of her life, when her youngest daughter Yale was born and a lie was born from that one single night that lasted a lifetime. Now, Jeanie's children are grown and she is dying and needs help from her oldest daughter, Katherine but Katherine is so wrapped up in what she believed happened when in reality she has no clue at all what her mother went through to protect them. I have to admit that I really get bitter and feel quite strongly about willful children who judge their parents without knowing the full story and although some of this might have been Jeanie's fault, it's hard for me to understand how Katherine could think her druggie father has no blame in this situation and her mother is the monster, when in fact, her father is the animal and deserved everything he got. No matter what your take is on this story, it will definitely leave an impact on you. It's full of emotions, drama, deceit, shame but along with that it shows you the true meaning of a mother's love for her children and her will to survive no matter what. And it will leave you with the thought of a fragile woman who found the courage to be a tiger when it mattered the most and hopefully, when The Last Letter comes to Katherine, she will finally understand her mother.
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AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I was stuck to the book after the first chapter. There was so much tension between the mom and daughter that I had to keep reading because I wanted to know why. The book was current and historical. It would go back to the mom's way of life and what she went through then back to the present time with the family. It had a lot of twists and keep me wanting to read. It was one that I finished fast just t find out what would happen next. Definitely a great read!!