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"Is there any mystery greater than those we love the most?
"In this remarkable collaboration, "New York Times "bestselling author Luanne Rice and JosephMonninger combine their unique talents to create a powerfully moving novel of an estranged husband and wife through a series of searching, intimate letters. By way of a correspondence so achingly real you'llforget it's fict
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Published September 23rd 2008 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dana
May 02, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this little book! It was so well done, and totally captured my interest from the very first page! The worst has happened to Sam and Hadley. Their 20 year old son, their only child, has been killed in a plane crash in rural Alaska. Sam and Hadley, who were so in love, had a wonderful marriage until their son died, are now estranged and trying to live without one another. Hadley has moved to a little cottage on an island off the coast of Maine to paint and deal with her impending divorc ...more
Debby
Oct 24, 2012 Debby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not generally a fan of romance novels; however, found the premise of this book interesting enough to at least start reading it.
Sam & Radley's son dies in a plane crash in Alaska. He'd gone there for personal reasons. Sam and Radley are devastated and in the midst of their grief, they lose touch with each other and their marriage is headed to divorce court.
As the book opens, Sam is on a quest to go to the site of the plane crash and Radley is staying in some rustic cabin getting in touc
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Deirdre
Jan 30, 2009 Deirdre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy
Oct 09, 2008 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone. Any parent of only children.
Recommended to Kathy by: I picked it up by accident. Thought it was the something else e
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Pauline
Apr 29, 2014 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very moving story. It's just a very little story of how losing a child can separate a marriage. Your heart will be shattered, as a mother of just one child the story made me to want to make another child but again it's all in God's hand. You can have 10 kids and still outlive them..
Emi Bevacqua
Jan 27, 2009 Emi Bevacqua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I wouldn't normally choose to read fiction written by two authors but in this case I figured the gimmick would work, since it's letters written back and forth between a divorcing husband and wife. I expected a chronicling of a dissolving marriage, and to avoid giving away too much I'll just say it wasn't that depressing and that the gimmick does work over all.

It's nitpicky of me to rag on this but it didn't ring true to me that the husband and wife are both beautiful writers considering he's su
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Namrata
Mar 03, 2014 Namrata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about a marriage torn apart by their son's untimely death and how the couple tries to get back their sanity in their own way. The husband decides to visit the place in Alaska where their son breathed his last. The journey is long and difficult. The wife retires to a lonely house and tries to go back to painting. Bonded by their grief they write letters to each other. They discover their lost love through their letters.

The story is touching. It moves fast and touches the heart.
Suey
Oct 01, 2014 Suey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A correspondence between an estranged husband and wife as the husband heads off to Alaska to investigate the death of their son. Heart wrenching and thought provoking.
Natasha Borah Khan
Aug 28, 2014 Natasha Borah Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favs
Two authors have co-written this novel, and yet it is seamless. It is a mature story about an estranged couple who are moving towards rediscovering each other all over again. Loss of their only child changes everything they had together, love and happiness. Full review at Natasha'z Words
Rita
Mar 26, 2016 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading a book that is all letters was new for me. Sam and Hadley are separated and Sam has gone on a journey seeking information about their son who died in a plane crash. He starts writing letters to Hadley and then she decides to answer. The letters start out almost like a journal--he writes about what happens each day. When Hadley answers, the letters start to contain more info and much more about each of their feelings. We learn about the early years of their marriage and family life. Writi ...more
Misty
Aug 20, 2009 Misty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the format as it was just letters back and forth to husband and wife but the plot was stupid. I didnt like the charachters and it was just over all a dumb book.
Susan
Jul 27, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a powerful book of two parents who split following the death of their only child, then find their way back to each other while trying to come to terms with their loss; each in their own way. They begin to write letters to each other and it is the first time in decades that they communicate honestly. I can not begin to imagine the pain the death of a child causes. It was very real in this book. I hope, as every parent hopes, to never have to face this situation. It takes Hadley ...more
Tina  M
Jan 23, 2013 Tina M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Megan for this recommendation. I really enjoyed reading it:)
Kim Dorgan
OK so when I read other people's reviews I often wonder if they even read the same book as I did, or I'm just different. Although the concept, letters written back and forth between two estranged lovers, was intriguing, the plot or idea behind the letters was just boring. Again, it may just be me, but I thought it was a bit of a bore to get through. I know grieving is not exciting, but I longed for that hint of excitement that they could get back together. The book just didn't have that much exc ...more
Sherrill Watson
May 17, 2015 Sherrill Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was confused between Hadley and Sam -- they seemed like the same person -- maybe if Hadley's name was more feminine? It must be such a STRUGGLE to get past the death of an only child. I'm sure some marriages don't survive.

This was a page-turner; I wasn't sure if Hadley(?) would survive, if Sam would continue to paint, would buy the cottage, if Hadley would get over pneumonia, and if Paul was indeed dead. Well! And all done in letters from Hadley to Sam and vice-versa. And the marriage . . . W
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Angie
Jun 17, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Synopsis: "Is there any mystery greater than those we love the most?

In this remarkable collaboration, New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger combine their unique talents to create a powerfully moving novel of an estranged husband and wife through a series of searching, intimate letters. By way of a correspondence so achingly real you’ll forget it’s fiction, they trace the history of a love affair and of a family before, and after, the moment that changed the course o
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Joy
Apr 11, 2009 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was a series of searching, intimate letters of an
estranged husband and wife. They are dealing with the death of
their adult son several years previously very poorly. The letters
are written when the husband goes to Alaska and travels by dog
sled (interesting info on how that works) to the site of the plane
crash. The wife is spending the winter at a cottage off the coast
of Maine. My favorite part is how the husband dares to initiate
the correspondence and the wife eventually responds with
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Christie
An epistle is a letter sent to a person or group of people that is generally elegant, formal and didactic in nature. This is the form of Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger’s collaborative novel, The Letters.

Sam and Hadley West have lost their only child, Paul, in a plane crash in Alaska, where he had gone to teach. The loss of their son throws their marriage into turmoil and they are now on opposite sides of continent waiting for their divorce to become final. Hadley, an artist, is holed up in a l
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Jill
Oct 16, 2009 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I love letters. There is something so personal and fun about sending and receiving them. At times I am sad that due to email, texting and other electronic communications as well as cell phones we do so little letter writing anymore. When I saw the cover I thought this might be a book about Christmas, I guess it was all the trees and snow but that was not the case at all. In this novel Hadley and Sam are a married couple who are currently separated as they each come to terms with their 20 year ol ...more
Connie  Kuntz
A grief-stricken couple retreat to opposite ends of the country. He is in Alaska. She is in Maine. Both grieve not only the loss of their only son, but the loss of their connectedness to each other. Due to the fact they are in remote locations, the only way they can keep in touch with each other is through handwritten letters.

At first they are insecure and a touch arrogant in their letters to each other. Eventually, they learn to depend on the natural honesty and legato tempo of letter writing
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Darlene
This book was sad, yet hopeful for me. It is the story of Hadley and Sam West, the tragic loss of their only son Paul, and of finding their way back to each other.


The story is portrayed through a series of letters that Sam starts to write to Hadley after he embarks on a journey to Alaska. He wants to visit the spot where their son lost his life. Hadley, on the other hand, rents a small, haunted cottage where she begins to heal a bit and starts her painting again. They have started divorce proce
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Machel
Oct 01, 2012 Machel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
after having my heart ripped out alive by another author, I took a much needed break from reading. I am looking forward to returning to fiction by reading my favorite author Luanne Rice.

I feel books find us when we need them, I do. I feel this way about "The Letters, A Novel" by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger.

A married couple separates after their son dies in a remote plane crash in Alaska. The husband Sam deals with is grief by taking a rugged trip to the plane crash site by Alaskan Husky Do
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Mary
Jun 10, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Sam and Hadley West are a couple just trying to survive the soul-shattering loss of their only son in Alaska. They each decide to do this in their own ways: For Sam, a sports journalist, acceptance of his son's death means undertaking an arduous trek by dogsled across the beautiful but forbidding Alaskan landscape to find the spot where Paul died. For Hadley, it means renting a benignly haunted, salt-soaked cottage off the coast of Maine where she can paint and begin to grieve in peace.

Now, at o
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Sara
Sep 29, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Talvez o livro que nos ultimos tempos mais me emocionou ao ponto de nas últimas páginas ficar com os olhos húmidos de alegria.



Um casamento abalado pela morte do único filho, mas um casamento que há muito mostrava sinais de ruptura...Quantos casamentos não chegam a um ponto em que um abalo apenas mostra que algo não está bem desde há muito tempo??? muitos...

As cartas trocadas pelos dois é o cenário deste livro...analisam o passado, descrevem o presente e com isso reconstroem uma relação que aos n
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Margarida Cruz
Sep 29, 2011 Margarida Cruz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, romance
Mais uma estreia. Foi o primeiro trabalho de Luanne Rice que tive oportunidade de ler e, apesar de não ter correspondido inteiramente às minhas expectativas, pode-se dizer que me "encheu as medidas".

Estava à espera de uma maior abordagem ao amor entre o casal e aquilo com que me deparei foi com uma história essencialmente em torno do amor pelo filho desse mesmo casal.

Talvez por não ser mãe e por não compreender o amor que liga os pais aos filhos, o livro não me tocou da maneira que devia, não fo
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Donna
Dec 25, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three years after the tragic death of their grown son, Sam and Hadley's marriage has fallen apart. Each gone their separate ways to come to terms with the loss of Paul and their marriage. Sam is in Laika Star, Alaska; Paul had been on his way there to teach. Sam is teamed up with a seasoned dog sledder to reach the spot where the plane carrying his son and the pilot crashed. It is a grueling hard journey physically and mentally. Hadley has retreated to a remote island off the coast of Maine livi ...more
Bibi
Oct 21, 2013 Bibi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rice and Monninger collaborated to produce a collection of letters between a couple on the brink of divorce following the death of their only son. The letters enabled this couple to delve inward and verbalise on paper what they might have been unable to do face-to-face. Needless to say that the letters saved their relationship and helped them to deal with their grief, analyse their behaviour (past and current), and come to grips to what indeed mattered.

This novel was published in 2008 and it ha
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Peggy N
Dec 02, 2012 Peggy N rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I have read by these authors, and frankly was not excited to read it. I put it off to the end of the selections that I made at the library for this week. I'm not sure what I expected. It is a series of letters back and forth between a husband (Sam) and his estranged wife (Hadley) who were in the middle of a divorce. It began as the husband wrote to tell his wife that he was in the wilderness of Alaska going to the site of the plane crash that had taken the life of their s ...more
Amy
It took be me a bit to get into his book, though in the end it was a happy ending. I felt sorry for Sam and Hadley, having lost their son, but with the fact that they had decided to divorce, I couldn't at first understand why they would want to write to each other. I guess it was the way for them to find their way back to each other, back to Paul. I felt sorry for Hadley, getting her hopes up that Paul might actually still be alive, and then as it turned out he wasn't. Why would that Eileen Kilk ...more
BookNerd1350
Jun 02, 2015 BookNerd1350 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Most everyone
I loved this book, "the letters." I think luanne rice is very talented. I will admit, I stopped reading it mid way, but once I picked it back up, I couldn't put it down. There was so much to this wonderful story. Love, loss, memories, and a long journey. I recommended this to everyone. On the not so great note of this book, I wasn't attached to the characters rather, the storyline. If you can only read a book where as you are attached to the character, I wouldn't recommend. Have a nice day!
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels including THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, her first YA novel. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She divides her time between Southern California and the Connecticut shoreline.
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