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The Love Letter

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  9,140 ratings  ·  931 reviews
1995, London. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of 95 he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. 

Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the
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I found this espionage mystery by Lucinda Riley a bit a mixed bag of an uneven read. At the grand old age of 95, Sir James Harrison, a celebrated actor, dies leaving behind a heartbroken family, none more so than his beloved granddaughter, Zoe, single mother and up coming actress. For Zoe, James was more of a father than her actual famous actor father, Charles. Her brother, Marcus, an aspiring film producer has endured career flop after flop, constantly being financially rescued by his father an ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley was a story of a secret so important that it had to stay out of the public eye at all costs. An historical novel that had it all, action, adventure, romance and danger.
Joanna Haslam a junior reporter is sent to write a report on the funeral of the actor Sir James Harrison. At the church she meets an old lady who passes her information than will eventually lead to a shocking discovery.
I really enjoyed this book all seven hundred pages. The characters were excellen
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
The Love Letter is the latest historical crossed with romance and thriller elements from saga queen Lucinda Riley. Originally published in 1998, as Seeing Double, it received fairly mediocre reception twenty years ago. Conditions of the time and the main storyline crux, which is closely linked to the British monarchy, contributed to this book’s downfall. Now, twenty years later and due to the success of The Seven Sisters series, along with seven other well r
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
This was my first Lucinda Riley book, and I really enjoyed it. You definitely have to take into account that it was written over 20 years ago and rereleased. It could have used some editing (it didn't need to be 500 pages to tell this story), but I ended up really liking it. I'll definitely read more of her books in the future.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-borrowed
Originally published as The Love Letter this was just a good mystery mixed with some royal family intrigue that kept me captivated. Although a little too long, this had the makings of a good limited series on Netflix or Prime.

Goodreads review published 08/07/20
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars! ⭐️⭐️

Sigh. This is going to be brief.

I absolutely adore Riley’s Seven Sisters series. So, when I saw The Royal Secret on NetGalley, I really wanted to read it. The premise was great and - let’s face it - the title is super intriguing! Sadly, this book did not meet my expectations. I found it to be super slow, boring at times, too long and a chore to read. I just didn’t get it. Trying to keep up with all of the characters just added to my confusion.

This was the first standalone novel I’
Joanna Haslam a reporter goes to legendary actor Sir James Harrison’s funeral where she meets an old lady called Rose who she helps home when she becomes ill at the funeral. When Joanna receives a letter from Rose Joanna goes on a hunt to discover Jame’s secrets but there are people out there who will do anything to stop this secret getting out,and they are very powerful people.

This book had me gripped from the start, you can really sink you’re teeth into it as it is a complex tale with a strong
Amy Bruno
I've been wanting to read Lucinda Riley for a while now after seeing my blogger friends praise her Seven Sisters series, and I am so glad that I took the plunge. Lucinda is magician with words!

Joanna is a journalist with a demanding job and fresh out of a failed relationship when she is assigned to cover the funeral for a famous actor. While at the funeral she meets an elderly woman who sends her a letter which begins a series of events that could absolutely ruin the Royal family. Joanna's inves
Liz Barnsley
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A proper tome of a thriller that was highly engaging from start to finish, peppered with brilliantly formed characters and a highly intriguing central theme.

I read with interest how this book was due to arrive years ago but didn't...a great one for conspiracy theorists!

A love letter, a scandal, money and family form the heart of this and whilst it was very different to this author's recent novels I definitely think she should write more like this!

Beautifully plotted and gorgeous writing.

Ivana - Diary of Difference
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The Love Letter was my first book by Lucinda Riley, and I can’t believe I haven’t read a book by this author before. This is a magnificent book, full of secrets, forbidden romances and unsolved mysteries of the past.


Set in London in 1995, this book starts off when Sir James Harrison passes away. He was one of the greatest actors of his generation. During his funeral, a lot of people gather, considering how impactful he was. Amo
Jeanette Lewis
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
France 1995 a newspaper front page, reporting the death of an aged famous English actor, Sir James Harrison is being read by another aged person with past connections to the actor. So the unravelling of events begins with the French resident making the fateful decision to return to England for the memorial service. Lucinda Riley has done it again, another fabulous creative thriller, a story of intrigue, suspense and murder courtesy of MI5 agents and with Royal implications. The author acknowledg ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book the day it was released .

Yet it took me agessss to finish. I have no idea why , it just felt that this was a bit slower than the authors other novels.

I still cannot wait to ready anything written by Lucinda Riley but felt this plot was a little weak. Slow and repetitive .
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
The Royal Secret focuses on the scandalous lives of some of London's elite - lives filled with secrets, romance, espionage and mystery. It was this premise, and the author's name (I adored her earlier book, The Midnight Rose), that prompted me to request an advanced copy of this book. But while the story promises a delightfully salacious royal scandal and long-held secrets, my feelings for the book are a little more complicated than I had anticipated.

The plot meanders through the lives of numero
Lynn Horton
I freely admit that I bailed at the 35-percent mark, even though the writing is clear and the manuscript obviously was written by a professional. Had I known that this is the re-release of a book called The Love Letter (in the UK), I'd never have purchased The Royal Secret.

Except for the grandfather who dies early on, the characters are spoiled, entitled, and boring. The protagonist is unbelievably naive and clueless, and her best friend’s convenient work in espionage is contrived. I couldn’t th
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I was really looking forward to reading The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley. Riley's The Seven Sisters series is a favorite of mine and I was curious to see how this stand-alone book would be. And, the mystery and the events surrounding the mystery is gloriously entertaining to read about. I love mysteries that makes the characters in books dig deep to reveal truths from the past. And, if I'm lucky the love stories that usually are a part of books like this will work out for me.

Unfortunately, that'
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
[May 16, 2018] I just preordered a copy! I LOVE Lucinda Riley's books!
[September 6, 2018] I got it, I got it, I, I, I got it!

[October 23, 2018] So I read what Lucinda wrote about this book and it shocked me! The story somehow, someway destroyed her raising career years ago! It was published before under the title Seeing Double, and for some reason it was pulled from markets! I just hope that this rewritten edition isn't removing the important bits from the original work. I'm highly intrigued!

Sep 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG I want the last week back. I found plot holes early on but were sure they would be explained. Then 3/4s through we get the action packed Hollywood ending, some trite dialogue trying to explain away inconsistencies and then it STILL goes on, adding more b/s and implausible scenario after the other. Characters are murdered with glib “ well he was at the end of his career anyway” type dialogue and then it gets worse and worse.

How to take an interesting idea, likeable characters and then complet
Paula Sealey
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an exciting read! When renowned actor Sir James Harrison dies, journalist Joanna Haslam is sent to cover the funeral. There, she meets an elderly lady who indicates that she knows of a long held secret concerning James Harrison. When Joanna receives a letter from her she begins to investigate, but the deeper she digs, the more danger she finds herself in. Who can she trust and how far will people go to keep the secret hidden?

I really became involved in the plot here, there was plen
This is a huge read - 600 pages so a great holiday read in theory
In places I was so gripped but it became messy in parts and lost me. Mid way through I couldn’t put it down but then the narrative just lost it for me
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, owned
Pardon my french, but OH MY FUCKING GOD!
This is the first Lucinda Riley book I've read, I got an advance reader copy in norwegian, and didn't expect much. BOY, if I only knew. Most of the time I just couldn't put this book down, and it took me on the craziest emotional rollercoaster ride ever. I did NOT expect it to be thrilling at all!

How do I even start with explaining the story? Ok, so it's the end of 1995, and a famous actor called Sir James Harrison dies. Before he dies, we get a hint about
Twists and turns. Wonderful storytelling. Numerous unreliable characters. Adventure. Mystery. Romance. Palace secrets and the scandalous lives of the rich and famous. All in 528 pages. If you're looking for a book to escape into, this is it. ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this! An entertaining thriller about a scandal that threatens the establishment. Although written during the 1990s and is a product of its times, I enjoyed it all the more for that. I've rarely read 600 pages so quickly. The perfect holiday read. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. 4.5 stars rounded up. ...more
Well, this was a disappointment! I haven't read a Lucinda Riley book before but have heard so much about her that I had great expectations from this one too.

The plot begins with the death of celebrated actor James Harrison at the age of 95, leaving behind son Charles, grandchildren Marcus and Zoe, and great grandson Jamie. A junior reporter, Joanna Haslam, is sent to cover the funeral where she meets an elderly lady named Rose. Circumstances force Joanna to meet up with Rose again and she soon
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A mystery and plenty of intrigue in this novel. I can understand why it wasn't released after the death of Princess Diana though and when the Royal family weren't exactly flavour of the month!

It was a twisty turny read with lots of intrigue and red herrings and characters not knowing what to do and finding things they didn't know what they were until this kind of novel! Characters were interesting but I admit I didn't know who to believe at t
Well this was no scholarly work, but it was just plain fun! Set in the late 90"s in London, its a mystery thriller involving an aging actor and his descendants, the royal family, and a young journalist who gets the scoop of a lifetime, but becomes embroiled with all the players. Deaths follow every clue, and the love relationships shift around like a merry go round. This would make a good TV movie or mini series.

Lucinda Riley is a great author to follow - and recently I have been in love with h
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging throughout. Great details. No big revelation, but a drip fed climax.

This was a large webbed plot about the dark side that comes with royalty, fame and fortune, it takes you through historical events that lead to the here and now, with action, romance & suspense.

The characters were brilliant as usual for Lucinda Riley, she really goes above and beyond with place and character... however the plot did get messy about three quarters of the way through, and obvious stuff is kind of spoon fe
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucinda Riley books are some of my favorites as she is always consistent. This is another really good book. The mystery will keep you turning page after page. I had no idea what the secret was until the very end.
Katrina Alexander
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hovered between 3 & 4 stars for this book. I didn't love it as much as her other books. As a "suspense" novel, I thought it dragged a little and several times I thought the story should've been over. However, I gave it the 4th star because I'm still processing and thinking about the story the next day, and that's usually one of my criteria for good writing and a good book. ...more
Moony MeowPoff
Lucinda Riley dose it again! I really like how she writes! This has been a really good book, with a dose of drama, love, mystery and alot of character's different persepctive. Though, this one for me was a bit long and felt like lots og drama was pressed into few pages here and there, wich was a bit meh. I did however like the book, so i gave it 3.5 stars. ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucinda Riley has done it AGAIN. This was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions (with just under 600 pages, it had no choice) and was completely unpredictable. It was told from many different viewpoints, I think 4 or 5, so you got a broad understanding and rounded view of the story. It wasn’t historical fiction (as such) in her usual style, but I thought as a romance/HF writer, Lucinda pulled off the thriller so well. This book is EVERYTHING
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Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and sold thirty million copies worldwide. She is a No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

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