The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant
A forgotten woman...
1951. Esther Durrant, a young mother, is committed to an isolated mental asylum by her husband. Run by a pioneering psychiatrist, the hospital is at first Esther's prison but soon becomes her refuge.
A cache of unsent love letters...
2018. When free-spirited marine scientist Rachel Parker is forced to take shelter on a far-flung island off the Cornish...more
2018 and in her twenties, Eve had thought she would be with her boyfriend but the ...more
The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn. (2019).
1951: Esther, a young mother, is committed to an isolated mental asylum by her husband. It is at first her prison but then becomes her refuge.
2018: Rachel, a free-spirited marine scientist, discovers a collection of hidden love letters and is determined to track down the intended recipient.
Also in 2018, Eve is helping her grandmother, a renowned mountaineer, write her ...more
Every once in a while a very special book comes into your hands at EXACTLY the right time. The Forgotten Letters by Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn is that book. It came to me at a time when I needed it the most. This absolutely exquisite and superbly told tale of love, family, sacrifice, endurance, the strength of the human spirit and long held secrets is a novel that I could easily award all the stars for.
A collection of letters provides an essential link ...more
In 1951, John and Esther Durrant leave to go on a holiday and John has secretly made other plans! Esther finds herself isolated on a small island off the coast of Cornwall, she's not very happy when she discovers that she has been tricked by her husband and he did what he thought was the best for her at the time.
Esther is ...more
In the autumn of 1951, John and Esther Durrant embarked on what she thought would be a holiday. But Esther quickly discovers that the house on the isolated island off the coast of Cornwall is a private mental asylum. She’s angry with John for committing her to this asylum and frustrated that she is unable to leave. Dr Richard Cresswell, the psychiatrist who runs the asylum, takes a small number of patients. Esther ...more
It has to be said that I'm not usually a fan of romance novels or a great love story, but somehow Kayte Nunn tricked me by writing such a compelling historical fiction novel about a ...more
Esther Durrant is a young wife and mother living in England, it is 1951 and she has been sent away to an isolated island is the Scilly Isles by her husband to get help from a ...more
It is written with intertwining points of view to construct a mystery of life, love and sacrifice. It is well crafted to engage readers emotions and take them on a journey. And what a wonderful journey it was. It was so easy to read, kept me wanting more and made my heart swell with both admiration and heartbreak.
Esther Durrant is taken on holiday in Southern England by her husband, and ...more
In 2017 we have two separate stories, ...more
I had no hesitation in highly recommending Kayte’s book last year, ‘The Botanist’s Daughter’ to lovers of historical fiction - it had a real Kate Morton feel to it - and was fabulous! So it was with great anticipation that I embarked on her latest offering, ‘The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant’ and I am happy to report it, likewise, is a wonderful read.
‘I can see that you’re trying to find the light, just as fiercely as you were digging for those clams. But you know the real trick is ...more
With The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant, Kayte Nunn has cemented her status as one of Australia's most exciting historical fiction voices. The novel, with it's compelling dual timeline and spectacular Isles of Scilly setting, is an easy one to get swept up in, full of tragedy, romance, empowered women and a good dose of adventure. Readers should note triggers for SIDS, PTSD and suicide.
In 1951 Esther Durrant and her husband John take a boat trip to a remote southern UK island, ...more
The location might confuse her, but Esther Durrant thinks she's heading out for a nice holiday with her husband. After the heartache she's been through, she's glad for the break. But soon after arriving at the isolated island, she realises something isn't right.
Rachel Parker is an Australian marine scientist who travels all over the world. She doesn't like ...more
After the loss of her second son, Esther is plunged into a constant state of depression. Blaming herself for his death, she becomes numb to her thoughts and emotions.
Believing it to be the right thing to do, Esther's husband invites his wife on a "vacation" with the intent of committing her into a mental institution. The institution, on the remote island of Little Embers, is run by Dr Richard ...more
Written as a dual timeline novel wth three distinct stories, this is a complex book yet author Kayte ...more
Initially I was put off from reading this novel because of the title - I found it a bit dull and didn’t feel drawn to the book. How wrong I was as this was an incredibly interesting and intricate story that showed not only depth of historical research but also a lot of heart and feeling. The moving across times was smooth and easy to follow. The characters were also both interesting and intriguing with quite a range of personalities that enhanced the storyline.
Although a ...more
The past sections were decently written, but the modern day sections with Rachel, a marine biologist, discovering love letters to ...more
This was the perfect winter read, as I snuggled up under a blanket and read this delightful novel on the first day of the cold season. The Scilly Isles was the perfect setting, as I imagined the island with it's beautiful beach, wild flowers and gardens surrounding the residence. As I curled up with this novel it was raining outside, yet Kayte Nunn managed to transport me to the sunshine and wild mountain ...more
This is a book which had great potential but which I didn’t feel quite lived up to it. The historical ...more