The Lost Art of Letter Writing
In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen’s help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person’s life around, so wh...more
Clara also writes letters herself, to people she doesn't know. She gets inspired and she sits at her grandfather's desk and she is practically overtaken by writing. She somehow says just what the recipient needs to hear.
She writes a letter to Ed who has seen great loss in his life, both his first and second wives died. He is raising his teenager daughter alone and he is floundering.
Ava stops into Clara's shop to write a l ...more
It was disappointing.
The book is sort of divided between the stories of 4 characters: Clara, the owner of the shop called “Letters”, Edward, Finn and then Ava, and how, one way or another, their stories sort of interconnected at some given point.
I really thought that because of the first ...more
Having said that, I felt there was too much thrown at it: all of those storylines, mostly with tenuous links to each other, and all of the characters with t ...more
A strong ...more
It is a wonderful thing that around the world we have such imagination and can share warm, funny and touching stories with complete strangers. I am constantly grateful and s ...more
I've really enjoyed these books as a foil for lockdown living, in the same way that I liked Nina Dufort's novels about Romney Marsh. These are better though! They are like relaxing in a warm shower, a change ...more
This one here wasn't so good, there were far too many storieslines woven into each other - or, more precisely - not woven but "standing" side by side... it got sometimes a bit confusing for I had to remember what happened to this person some chapters ago.
Besides that I had fairly soon figured out Otto's secret , so no suprises there.
And I didn't like ...more
I love the little shop in Cambridge where paper and ink call out to you. The characters are so dynamic and well-written, and they pull you into their stories with ease. I love how they become entangled, unexpectedly at times, with one another.
This is a brilliant novel full of love and sadness and hope and light. If you're looking to follow along a journey of discovery, wher ...more
The best part were the WW2 letters. They were really heartfelt.
I’ve started the Sisters Grimm, but have found that I couldn’t really get into it so had picked up this one instead...not disappointed in the slightest !