DEAD LETTER is a suspenseful mystery that begins on the Chesapeake Bay’s historic Eastern Shore in the midst of a budding young romance that is disrupted by misguided jealousy and World War II.
A "dead letter" is so designated because it is undeliverable. Some or all of the information on the envelope is destroyed or indecipherable. Only authorized postal personnel are permitted to open a dead letter in an attempt to determine to whom, or by whom, the letter is written.
This is the story of a dead letter written by a soldier in World War II to his girlfriend back home. Attempts to deliver the letter, and reveal the meaning of its mysterious content, result in a search that consumes the lives of a father and son and spans four decades, all coming together in an incredible surprise ending.
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DEAD LETTER by Marc Kuhn is a story written by an author who seems to possess a sensitive soul that gives him the ability to craft a touching, deeply emotional and satisfying story...I enjoy books set in small towns and I think other readers will enjoy the setting, too. I think the author also does an excellent job capturing the eras he writes about as well. The opening of the book was amusing, as obviously intended. The feeling the early part of the book generated reminded me of SUMMER OF '42 by Herman Raucher, which is a good thing. The writing style is superb, keeping the story moving at an excellent pace. The author is talented not only as a writer, but at evoking emotions. Readers who love romance and mystery will fall in love with this book" - Judge, 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite Wow, what a book! That's the first thought I had after finishing Dead Letter by author Marc Kuhn. Follow the stories of Sandra Henderson and Robert Harris, high school sweethearts in 1943. They live in idyllic Centerville, Maryland near the beautiful Lake Corsica and the Chesapeake Bay, and even though the country has been involved in World War II for three years, that seems a remote occurrence to the students at Centerville High. But Sandra and Robert's sweet romance is interrupted too soon when Robert leaves to join the Marine Armed Services. Suddenly the war that had seemed like just a news item to young Sandra becomes the most important thing in her life. When Sandra and Robert's love is challenged by more than distance and war, when Robert's jealousy gets the best of him, we find a mystery of epic proportions, and of eras. In modern times, a dead letter is found and investigated in the local post office. Will this letter provide solutions to questions that have gone unanswered for sixty years? And will it find its recipient or is it too late? Dead Letter was simply a fantastic read. A wonderful addition to the historical fiction and romance genres, I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Any reader who enjoys historical fiction or romance will love this book, and I highly recommend Dead Letter. Author Marc Kuhn is skilled at creating characters that the reader will truly care about, and paints the world of Centerville, Maine in such vivid colors that you'll feel that you've been there. This is the first book that I've read by Marc Kuhn, but it certainly won't be the last, and I certainly hope that this very talented writer is hard at work on his next book!
Marc is the author who introduced me to historic fiction and made me fall in love with it. He successfully does so again with this one!. The story takes place in the year 1943. The pace of the story is relaxing and fluid. The beauty of the lake Corsica, the Chesapeake bay and the surroundings is beautifully described. What I loved the most though is the portrayal of the innocent love between two 17 year olds, Robert and Sandra, the protagonists of this story. You read about them and you simply know that they are made for each other. Their love is sweet, pure and innocent. So imagine when Robert has to leave his town and go join the Marine Armed services. Sandra is heartbroken, because in those times many were dying at the war and there was no guarantee that she will ever see him again. Many scenes in this book moved me to tears. There is such emotion in the story. I loved all the characters in this book. My favorite though is Sandra. She is so strong in testing times and her character development is very nicely described throughout the book. Then something happens that makes Robert fill with revenge and sadness. I found myself wondering why, until the very end. The suspense is very well maintained. There is a reference to a ‘treasure’, which I figured out once it was mentioned. But I had to wait till the end to find out why Robert considered ‘it’ Sandra’s treasure. Robert says in a letter that it’s a treasure that Sandra values more than Robert and seriously, those words threw me right off the track. I couldn’t think of anything that was more treasured by Sandra!. But there were certain other wordings / circumstances that lead me to understand what the treasure itself was but how it really related to Sandra, kept me hooked to the very last. I got to say, I would have liked one more chapter in the end to see how life went on in the town of Centreville after some shocking revelations. The current ending seems abrupt and you sit there wondering what the heck just happened!. Its not like you are left with a lot of questions. Not at all. It’s pretty shocking because you will never see what was coming!.. You really got to read this book to know more. I am not going to reveal any spoilers here!. Oh and the Chesapeake Bay in this story is actually Marc’s favorite place on earth!. It’s nice that he made this story revolve around real places that is close to his heart. Marc’s writing style is amazing and addictive. Even the Acknowledgement he wrote is so interesting and puts a smile on your face. There is life in his words. I have read acknowledgements of some other books before where it’s just flat, no life at all and you can immediately feel that it was written out of sheer necessity and not from the heart. But that’s not the case with Marc’s acknowledgements. It’s so heartfelt!. istoric fiction fans, suspense fans and anyone who wants a good relaxing read would absolutely love this!.