The Last Letter

The Last Letter

by Kathleen Shoop

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ISBN-13: 9781456347208
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 644,122
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Shoop, PhD, is a language arts coach in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Last Letter (2011 IPPY Gold Award Winner--Best Regional Fiction, Midwest) is her debut novel. She is published in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and regularly places articles and essays in local magazines and newspapers. Kathleen is also married and the mother of two children.

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Last Letter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 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.
redmore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. I personally would love to see the author write another book and make this book a series. I have so much more I want to know. I loved the characters , hated some( Frank) . The strength of the characters was so impressive and it reminds me of the strength our pioneers really did have. The story begins with Jeanie Arthur and hger family leaqving the "good life" in the city to move out onto the pioneer out of shame from bad business dealings from her father and husband. They face harsh weather, family loss, drama, addiction, romance, and so much more. This story has mother daughter conflict, history, romance, loss, and so much more. I expierenced every emotion when I read this book and I could not put it down. I read it in one sitting and wish I had another to had picked up when I finished. A wonderful book for anyone.
wonderkell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Last Letter is an incredible story of love lost & found, hardship & survival, & forgiveness & redemption. The author managed to perfectly capture the voice of life on the prairie frontier. As an Australian it is difficult to imagine that life, but through the main character Jeanie's eyes I really had a strong feeling for it. One of the things I loved about this book was the 'voice' that came through. Often in historical novels you still get a sense of a modern voice. This was definitely not the case here. The language was fashioned to that time past, really helping to evoke the period, & it never wavered. The other great thing about this novel was the characterisation. It was so strong that I had very definite emotional feelings about them. I loved & admired Jeanie & Katherine & their struggle to forgive & change what was not good about themselves. I hated Frank & his weakness. I adored stalwart Greta & Nikolai. I felt pity for Templeton. And I shed tears for James. If you can look past a couple of tiny spelling, grammar & character reference errors (to be honest I've read books from huge name authors where this happens), you will find a book of incredible substance & survival. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review. In no way was this review influenced by those circumstances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See headline above for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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