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Letter from a Stranger

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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...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 1st 2011)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I finally finished this, and I am very glad I did. While some parts did not appeal to me, the memoirs of Justine and Richard's grandmother, Gabriele were very moving and at times heartbreaking.

I can't quite give this four stars because it was too slow moving initially, but it's definitely worth 3.5 stars, just for the WW2 narrative.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.

Eva Leger
4.5 - I won this from FirstReads after entering because the description captured my attention. When I received the book I got a little nervous. It looked more like an older Delinsky book than I would have liked. More romance-y/chick-lit-y if you will. Not my thing.
I read an ARC in early March so I don't know if the cover of the ARC is the same as an actual edition cover but I don't feel it's right for this story. It's not that it doesn't fit - it's just too generic. It gives no real feel for the...more
Justine Nolan is a Film Director, she lives in Manhattan she has a twin
brother Richard (who is grieving his wife’s death) and a niece Daisy. 8
years ago their mother (Deborah) moved to Californian therefore Justine
and Richard have use of her house. Deborah is away for 6 weeks in China
so when Justine is going through the mail she finds a letter addressed
to Deborah with an Istanbul postmark she opens it and is speechless and
shocked to learn that Deborah lied to them 10 years ago by telling th...more
I have loved all of Barbara Taylor Bradford's books and Letter From A Stranger is no exception. The book was nothing like I expected but it drew you in from the beginning. The memoir written by Gabri/Gran was unbelievably vivid and you felt every emotion. Throughout the book there was laughter and tears, romance and strong female characters. I would love to see a continuation of this story. While there is closure due to the epilogue there is so much story to tell of the reunion, the new family d...more
Diane Davis
Great Book... This is the second book that I have read in the last month that had to do with the holocaust.. While the book was fiction, the holocaust wasn't and it is always a heartwrenching story.. I cried buckets through this one but it had a wonderful ending so all is well... Loved, loved, loved this book...
Se la vita fosse semplice come in questo romanzo saremmo davvero tutti a posto...
Ana Luisa
Desde que li a sinopse deste livro que algo me despertou a atenção. Não conseguia explicar o que era, mas queria ter a oportunidade de o ler e essa leitura acabou por ser mais ou menos aquilo que eu esperava. Este é um livro que promete ao seu leitor revelar segredos e paixões, mas na verdade penso que apenas irá revelar um dos segredos mais bem guardados da família Nolan. Tudo começa quando Justine abre uma misteriosa carta endereçada à sua mae e o que descobre irá mudar a sua vida e da sua fa...more
A memorable work of historical fiction that spans from the 1930's to 2004 in such diverse locations as New York City, London, Istanbul, Berlin and Connecticut.

While I have read a great deal about the Holocaust of WW II, I knew very little about Istanbul. It was fascinating to learn about the city and its rich culture and history.

I especially enjoyed learning about tulips and the fact that they originated in Asia. Tulips have also been my favorite flowers, and I have always associated them with...more
Cathryn Dolly

Excellent touching book..I like the character Justine for many reason filmmaker and willing to track her grandmother down so curoius to KNOW her!! 
Rediscovering her grandmother who she didnt know and finding out on the letters the difficult time her grandmother growing up during the holocaust losing many for her supporters and her family . I cried too ) nice story on istanbul and the culture too . Iffett the character/personatily reminds me of a nice friend I know in a forgeien country :-)
I thought this was a very good book. I think you might like it, Lisa. About a family torn apart - the mother telling her twin son and daughter upon their graduation from college that their beloved grandmother had died in a plane crash. Ten years later the mother receives a letter that the daughter opens saying she should contact the grandmother. Unfortunately there is no return address on the envelope, but the daughter remembers the person that wrote the letter was a very close friend of her gra...more
Abby Cooley
I won this books in a goodreads first reads giveaway.

This book was a very good book.

After Justine finds a letter from addressed to her mother from someone she doesn't know she realizes then ten years ago her mother lied to her and her brother when she told them that their grandmother died in a plane crash.

Justine then sets out to find her grandmother. This book is a very emotional book about family, love, lost, and war. I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who wants to read abou...more
Kitti Boesel
I would give this book negative stars if I could...
The premise is good. The writing is horrid. The story is choppy, at best and feels forced. The conversation between Americans keeps grabbing English phrases, for no apparent reason. There are random comments thrown in to the story that just feel like an afterthought. I usually only give a book 40 pages, but I really wanted to enjoy this story. I gave it 150 pages and they were painful and never once made me care about a single character in the s...more
"Finalmente - segredou-me ele ao ouvido -, sou o que desejava ser. Parte de ti." pág.226, in Uma Carta Inesperada de , Bradford, Barbara Taylor

Foi o primeiro livro que li desta autora. Achei a última parte a mais cativante, apesar de todo o livro ser agradável.

Tem a descoberta da carta, a procura, o encontro da pessoa amada e do seu amado "Coup de foudre", alegria, a revolta, a crueldade que um ser humano é capaz de fazer a outro,mistério e a resolução.


"Finally-me - he whispered in m...more
This is Bradford's 27th book. I know she has a loyal following, so I expected better. I thought the dialogue was frequently awful; the plotlines were frequently over the top or added nothing; and the reader, while sometimes spot on, was more often annoying. Why did I finish? Reading for a genre study.
I am a bit embarrassed to admit I read this book and more astonished that the author has written 26 other books and received the OBE. While the story is original in many ways the prose is terrible. Obviously I am not on the same planet as many other people who seem love this type of writing.
This suspense-filled novel takes you on a panoramic tour of Istanbul, leaving you longing to travel there. Packed with danger, secrets, Nazi occupied Germany, intrigue and a once-in-a-lifetime love, this story is unforgettable!
Predictable in places, a little unbelievable in others, but overall an enjoyable romance novel. Loved the descriptiions of Istanbul - made me want to put it on my travel list!
Esther Bos
I gave this book two stars only because the WWII section was interesting. Even that wasn't compelling, but at least it was more believable than the story line of wealthy jet-setters, who fall in love (and into bed) at first sight and have servants to care for all their needs. The author uses several expressions (e.g. "It was a fluke", "she was a flake") and descriptions (e.g. the tulip gardens, the evil mother) over and over as if there were limited words in the English language. Finding the gra...more
The dialogue was really unbelievable, why do people write the way no normal person would speak. The story a little on the fluffy side.
I enjoyed this book. There is arel surprise turn of events, and without giving away too much, WW2 events are recorded.
Norm Lionberger
Gave up after applying my "100 page" rule. Not even interesting enough to pursue.
So far its a really really good book. I HIGHLY recommend it :)
For sure, this is NOT one of Barbara Taylor Bradford's best efforts.

A very odd approach to a holocaust survivor story as this issue doesn't even surface until late in the book. In fact there are several stories being told & none of them is really completed.

Also, there isn't any closure about Deborah's (the mother) peculiar behavior other than she's anti-Semitic & won't even consider that her mother is Jewish & survived the holocaust.

The narration & some of the dialogue is freq...more
Halli Casser-Jayne
Barbara Taylor Bradford has still got it!
Charlotte Lynn
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...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Avec "Lettre d'une Etrangère", Barbara Taylor Bradford signe une émouvante saga familiale et invite le lecteur à un passionnant voyage dans le temps et l'espace. Des paysages envoûtants d'Istanbul au Berlin en ruines de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le lecteur se passionnera pour l'histoire stupéfiante de Gabriele et sa famille.

Malgré des personnages un peu trop "lisses" et une intrigue qui se dénoue peut-être un peu trop facilement, l'auteure réussit un mélange des genres osé. Grâce à un impressi...more
Paperback Dolls
Originally posted at PaperbackDolls.com.

I have never read a book by Barbara Bradford Taylor before but the synopsis of Letter from a Stranger sent from the publisher intrigued me so I agreed to review the book at their request. I loved the book and found it was a quick and easy read.

Letter from a Stranger is a book of romance, family, intrigue and the beautiful backdrop of Istanbul. In fact Taylor paints a picture of Istanbul that leaves you feeling as if you have been there yourself. I found my...more
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com...

Letter From A Stranger is a book that travels across time and place and really tells two stories. One is the story of Justine. The second is the story of her grandmother Gabriele. Justine's story is the story of a woman discovering family secrets and struggling to make sense of them. Gabriele's story is the story of World War II and the story of survival.

Both stories are interesting and could have made an entire book onto...more
Webster Library
I have been trying to widen my horizons and read new authors. Barbara Taylor Bradford was one I might have wanted to miss. I did give the book a chance. I enjoyed parts of it, mainly the section written in retrospective but the book didn't feel real. The characters seemed like imitations of real people. I've never heard people talk the way Justine and Michael do. They seem to come from a different time. They were supposed to be people of a similar age to myself and they talked like someone from...more
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 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 Wom...more
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