The Last Letter

The Last Letter

by kathleen shoop

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The Last Letter by kathleen shoop

"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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012427939
Publisher: kathleen shoop
Publication date: 04/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 36,922
File size: 477 KB

About the Author

Kathleen Shoop is a Language Arts Coach with a PhD in Reading Education whose work has appeared in The Tribune Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent Magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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Last Letter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 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.
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
Could not put this book down. Full of excitement from beginning to end.
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
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.
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.
Anonymous 27 days ago
See headline above for my review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author presents the harsh reality of homesteading on the prairie through the lives of mother and daughter. Dearest of loves, heartbreaking tragedies, and unimaginable endurance and sacrifice are artfully woven into one families lives'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was so riveting. I couldn’t put it down. It kept me guessing what was gonna happen next. When they cried I cried.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was very well written snd the things thst really hsppened in those days brings us to where we are today. Csnt wait to read the sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Schoop has yanked the reader back to the pioneer days in the Dakotas. Life was hard, harrowing and at the best of times, utterly exhausting. Work began before sunup and didn't cease until after dark. The characters are flesh and blood as the reader is held in thrall of the very elements that tore at them and more often than not, claimed one in death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. I kept coming back to it but, I won't be finishing it. The plot and characters sound so good but it doesn't keep your interest,I just don't care enough about it or the characters to invest the time.