Letter from a Stranger: A Novel

Letter from a Stranger: A Novel

by Barbara Taylor Bradford
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Letter from a Stranger: A Novel by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Letter from a Stranger

Barbara Bradford

Justine Nolan is a documentary filmmaker who lost her cherished grandmother a decade ago—the only source of love and comfort in her life. Her own mother, Deborah, has always been distant, focusing on her career as an interior designer. But when Justine inadvertently opens a letter addressed to her mother, she discovers that not only is her grandmother alive, but that Deborah has deliberately distanced her from the family for all these years. Justine's search for her grandmother takes her to Istanbul, where she begins to uncover secrets that stretch all the way back to World War II. As layers of deception peel away, Justine begins to understand a woman she never really knew…and she begins to ask questions about the true desires of her own heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466802988
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 107,458
File size: 460 KB

About the Author

BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD was born and brought up in England, and started her writing career as a journalist. She has written twenty-five international bestsellers. Letters from a Stranger is her twenty-sixth novel. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth awarded her the Order of the British Empire for her literary achievements. She lives in New York with her husband, TV and film producer Robert Bradford.


Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of more than 25 bestselling novels, including Playing the Game, Breaking the Rules, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller. Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 82 million. Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature. She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated, and their Bichon Frise dogs, who sit under her desk while she writes.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Yorkshire, England

Education:

Christ Church Elementary School and Northcote Private School for Girls in Yorkshire, England

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Letter from a Stranger 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, I love Barbara Taylor Bradford and have thoroughly enjoyed every book she has ever written and this one is no exception. It is an easy read and I really liked the characters and their relationships. Once I started reading "Letter From A Stranger" I just wanted continue reading to the end of the book and put every-thing I was supposed to do as a "domestic engineer" on "hold" - which is exactly what I did! I hope everyone who reads this book enjoys it as much as I did. Happy Reading!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read by any author. A beautiful, touching tale of ficton, but with a non-fiction base. Can't say enough about how much I truly enjoyed reading "Letter From a Stranger".
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by  Book provided by Get Red PR for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book While enjoying the weekend at her family’s Connecticut home, Indian Ridge, Justine Nolan opens a letter that will change her life and those around her. She learns that her grandmother is alive and did not perish in a plane crash. For the past ten years Justine and her twin brother Richard have grieved the loss of their beloved grandmother Gabrielle. Their mother Deborah purposely had estranged herself and her children from her mother’s life. The twins agree that they must search for their grandmother immediately and Justine leaves for Istanbul to begin the most important journey of her life. Letter from a Stranger is a story about loves lost, found and the bonds that hold a family together through the darkest times. The relationship between Justine and her grandmother is touching and emotional. The fact that Justine’s own mother was so distant when she was growing up makes her reunion with Gabri so much sweeter. Finding her grandmother allows Justine to open her heart to find love with a mysterious handsome man. The secondary characters are engaging and interesting. The back-story of Anita Lowe and her friendship with Gabri is fascinating and leaves the reader wanting to learn more about her. The most moving part of the story details Gabri’s childhood growing up in Germany during World War II. The description of Germany and Europe during those years was riveting and horrifying. The images conjured with the vivid description of Istanbul are beautiful. The reader can easily picture sitting in a beautiful garden having afternoon tea or shopping in one of the markets. Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Letters from a Stranger is an intriguing story full of romance, secrets, mystery and drama. The book is a slow paced enjoyable read. Grab a cup of tea, a piece of baklava, relax and get lost in Justine’s quest for truth and the magic of Istanbul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing and boring. The formal language was a total turn-off. Couldn't wait for it to end.
WritermomHB More than 1 year ago
Takes a Lot of Time Although I have been a fan of this author, I can’t say this is one of my favorites of her work. It takes a long time to read, as there is not much action and the interactions between characters are very long and drawn-out. While the vivid descriptions of the various locations may, in some ways, indicate the personality of the characters, I found them pretty much irrelevant, at least in this quantity. I would only recommend this book to other Barbara Taylor Bradford fans, and I think that anyone who is one, should read it.
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CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
A letter postmarked from Istanbul arrives at Justine Nolans mothers’ house in Connecticut. Knowing that it will be months before her mom, Deborah, returns, Justine opens the letter. Little did she know how the letter will change her life. The letter is written by Justine’s grandmother’s best friend asking for an end to the estrangement between Deborah and Justine’s grandmother, Gabrielle. The letter begs Deborah to let Gabrielle meet her grandkids before it is too late. Justine shares the letter with her fraternal twin, Richard, and it is decided that Justine should travel to Istanbul and find her long lost grandmother. Letter from a Stranger was different than any other Barbara Taylor Bradford book I had read. Although it still has a female main character. The descriptions of Istanbul were amazing. I could truly see the scenes as they were told in the story. I could see myself walking the streets of Istanbul during World War II. The little bit of romance in the book made it impossible for me to put down. This is definitely a great read and I would easily recommend it to any fellow book lover.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several books by Ms. Bradford, "A Woman of Substance" being her best. This latest endeavor, however, falls short. The premise of the book is one that could have been written better with a few more twists to the story line and the characters could have been less "plastic". She missed the mark!!! The characters were too carefully portrayed, the dialog seemed forced and in general didn't flow! Of late there have been several stories written about the Holocaust that have been heart wrenching, yet "Letter From A Stranger" does not appear to be one of them. I finished the book mainly because I dislike not doing so, but disappointing to say the least.
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The last 3 chapters were the best part of the book. The rest drug and everyone was too perfect. Are there actually people that act the way these guys did? A little fake but I love the WWII twist
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Disappointing.
LynDenise More than 1 year ago
Will review once received and read.
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cbrCM More than 1 year ago
Every book that Barbara Taylor Bradford writes is outstanding. She takes you into the book and makes you feel that you are part of it. I've read Woman of Substance several times and every book after that. Enjoyed this book!!!