Losing My Heart: LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer REVIEW, INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY


Please forgive this long post, but it isn't often that a book can completely sweep me off my feet, claim my heart and linger in my mind as much as LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer has. And when that happens, I want to make sure that everyone gets to know about it and what better way then giving you a look into my perspective of the book, a few words with the author and then a giveaway to share with a lucky winner. It's a win-win situation. So, please bear with me and you will be richly rewarded.


REVIEW

There are books that I read with a clear Idea of what I am getting into and I am prepared for the road ahead. The laughter, the tears and every emotion in-between, battle ready as one would say...but never could I have imagined ALL THE FEELS that LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer has released within me. Believe me when I say I would be willing to experience it again and again because it is probably the best book I will read this year and I know that's saying a lot. I know it is still so very early in the year, but I love this book with a mad passion and want everyone to know it.

LETTERS TO THE LOST is a You Got Mail (with a lot more heart & angst) story. Where Juliet Young leaves letters at her mother's grave as a coping mechanism for  dealing with the circumstances surrounding her death. Until one day when her letter is read and a response is left by Declan Murphy, resident bad ass. An unlikely secret pen pal situation blossoms from this initial encounter and you cannot help but become ridiculously addicted to their correspondence. Particularly when you realize that they know each other IRL. 

With each heartfelt confession from each character I could feel my heart squeeze and I will freely admit to stopping, but just for a moment to catch my breathe, gather my strength, and continue reading. Especially when one of the characters realizes who their "secret" pen pal really is. At first I thought the allure of secrecy being broken would somehow ruin the story but it really doesn't, in fact it makes you even more in tuned to that character and you feel even more. Then as if that wasn't enough certain past events come into light and I was seriously hugging my book for dear life. I did not want to move forward and one point because the thought of what could be around the corner was......well you will have to read it to find out because I cannot spill anymore. It would be so easy because I could talk about this book forever, but that would not be fair.

What I can say is that I loved these characters for they were so well fleshed out and I could feel all their emotions. From Juliet's quiet anguish to Declan's thunderous anger, they were that well defined and tangible. Brigid did a fantastic job of creating characters that one could not help but love and envelop them in a storyline that was unique and engrossing.

The only thing I did not like about this book is that it ended to quickly. I was too absorbed in the moment and did not want to see it end and would have loved just a few more pages, but maybe when the companion novel comes out...then I will have more moments to claim my heart.

I recommend LETTERS TO THE LOST to anyone that enjoys a great read with unforgettable characters and lots of emotion. 

Nancy






INTERVIEW with BRIGID KEMMERER

1. Letters to the Lost is a story about grief, love and most of all forgiveness. What inspired this engrossing story?

You know ... I get asked this question a lot, and I'm never really sure how to answer. When I started writing LETTERS, my youngest son was two months old, and I think I was in a moment of post partum depression, where I was very aware that he would be my last child, and I was looking down the barrel of heading back to work at my day job. It was kind of a rough time for me. I channeled all that emotion into the book. 

2. Your book deals with some pretty tough issues that had me ugly crying on more than one occasion. What was the most difficult scene for you to write? and why?

The most difficult scene to write was near the end of the book, when Declan is confronted by his mother and stepfather on the staircase. No one understands where anyone else is coming from, and they all feel very lost and confused and upset. 

3. What are some of your favorite love stories that feature couples with great obstacles to overcome?

Oh my goodness, there are so many! I love ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, and OF METAL AND WISHES by Sarah Fine, as well as THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

4. If you could have your book made into a movie whom would you have playJuliet, Declan and Rev?

Declan: KJ Apa (He currently plays Archie on Riverdale)
Rev: Taylor Kitsch from when he was on Friday Night Lights (though he's probably too old now)
Juliet: Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries

5. What are you working on now, and can you tell us about it?

I just finished the first draft of A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, which is a contemporary/fantasy crossover coming out with Bloomsbury in 2019, and I've just started drafting a new contemporary novel due for release in 2019 as well. My next release will be MORE THAN WE CAN TELL, a book about Rev Fletcher from LETTERS, and that's due out March 8, 2018.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog!

Sincerely, 

Brigid 


04/04/17
Letters to the Lost
by Brigid Kemmerer 
ISBN-13: 978-1681190082
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Pages: 400
Similar Read: Sea of Tranquility
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Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope. 

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past. 

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they're not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.




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3 comments:

  1. This one sounds really good. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. It's one of my very favorite books of this year. Seriously amazing.

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  2. This one sounds really good. Thanks for the chance!

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