The Love Letters

The Love Letters

by Madeleine L'Engle


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Past and present collide in this heartfelt novel of love and loss from the National Book Award–winning author of A Wrinkle in Time.

After the tragic death of her son and the seeming collapse of her marriage, Charlotte Napier flees to Portugal in the hopes of finding guidance from her mentor: her mother-in-law, Violet. Instead, she finds solace in the letters of Mariana Alcoforado, a seventeenth-century nun.
Charlotte and Mariana’s stories may be different in origin, but they share the same inner turmoil. As she reads the letters, Mariana’s spiritual journey sheds light on Charlotte’s own crisis. Finding inspiration in the nun’s struggles with sin, temptation, and faith, Charlotte gains perspective on her own mind—and sets out to accept the demanding, challenging nature of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504047760
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 786,387
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) was an American author of more than sixty books, including novels for children and adults, poetry, and religious meditations. Her best-known work, A Wrinkle in Time , one of the most beloved young adult books of the twentieth century and a Newbery Medal winner, has sold more than fourteen million copies since its publication in 1962. Her other novels include A Wind in the Door , A Swiftly Tilting Planet , and A Ring of Endless Light. Born in New York City, L’Engle graduated from Smith College and worked in theater, where she met her husband, actor Hugh Franklin. L’Engle documented her marriage and family life in the four-book autobiographical series, the Crosswicks Journals. She also served as librarian and writer-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan for more than thirty years.

Date of Birth:

January 12, 1918

Date of Death:

September 6, 2007

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Place of Death:

Litchfield, CT


Smith College, 1941

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Love Letters 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sabrinanymph on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again Madeleine does not disappoint me. I think if I am truthful part of the reason I did not finish this book when I initially started it was because I wasn't really ready for it. This has happened with me before. I pick up a book, find that I am bored by it and I put it away waiting for the time when I'll pick it up again and will no longer be bored for it. This time finally came this summer.I think what I loved about this is definitely the aspect of it that is fairly unique - the two interwoven stories and the messages that are captured within each one. As we read through Mariana's story we are pulled into the present by Charlotte's story running parallel to Mariana's. I think it's the range of the emotions that moved me into the story and perhaps too simply the reminders of what is important in life.Madeliene L'Engle reminds me in nearly every book of hers that I pick up how I want to live. I somehow generally come to the conclusion that there is a form of Christianity that comes through within her writing that is so basic and essential that I do not really want to try anything else. It's the same Christianity discussed in The Celtic Way of Prayer and I am drawn to the simplicity of thinking and yet realise that it is not truly simplistic and that to live with that inner peace and calm throughout all of the difficulties, uncertainties, and discrepancies that life may throw at you is anything but simple. I believe it's referred to in The Celtic Way of Prayer as peregino (I'm not certain I've got that spelled correctly but I don't have the book on hand to reference and spell check) a type of journeying that requires a calm inner core.Madeleine L'Engle refers to this some in Love Letters, pulling back around to it as the book reaches the end and as I read this I was reminded once more of my own goals for my life.Although this title is not perhaps as dynamic or showy as some of L'Engle's works, it is beautifully done and portrays amongst everything else L'Engle's ideas on marriage and love, which is something I can deeply appreciate. There is much in it that I agree with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides the reader an interesting journey into relationship. The parallel stories pull you along challenging the reader in self-evaluation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book that will not only show the struggles of today, but the struggles of a nun hundreds of years ago. Once you start to read it you will not be able to put it down.