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The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright

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You’ve met Mrs Bright. She’s that nice woman who lives three doors down and always smiles at you in the mornings. She’s planning her thirtieth wedding anniversary with her husband. She wants to travel, read endless books and take beautiful pictures. She’s been waiting for this forever.

For the past twenty-nine years, Kay Bright’s days have had a familiar rhythm: she works
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Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Expected publication: January 9th 2020 by Bookouture
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Jayme
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book synopsis: “You’ve met Mrs. Bright. She’s that nice woman who lives three doors down and always smiles at you in the mornings. She’s planning her thirtieth wedding anniversary with her husband. She wants to travel, read endless books and take beautiful pictures. She’s been waiting for this forever.”

At least, that is what you thought she was doing.

In reality, Kay Bright has been going through the motions of being a happy wife and mother, while wondering what her life might’ve been like if she
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Terry Mitchell
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kay Bright's marriage of 29 years is over. One day, she packs up a few of her things and walks out, handing her wedding ring to her shocked husband, Richard. She doesn't know where she's going and can't put into words her reasons for needing to leave, but out the door she goes anyway. Everyone she knows and loves is gobsmacked, including her daughter, Stella, who has only just recently moved out of her childhood home to work a catering business with her boyfriend's friend. What set the ball ...more
Pauline
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Kay has been writing to her friend Bear is Australia for more than thirty years. When the letters from Bear stop she decides to go there to find out why. She also decides that now the children have grown up its time to leave her husband and start out on her own.
A story of family, friendship and new beginnings.
This is the first book by this author that I have read and I will be looking out for more of her work.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
DeAnn
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.75 friendship stars, rounded up to 4

What happens when your childhood friend (who moved to Australia) stops writing monthly letters to you? Kay and Bear have been friends for ages, but now Bear isn’t writing back. What I didn’t expect is that Kay would walk out on her 29-year marriage, her job, and head to Australia at long last.

There’s quite a bit of drama around how Kay could just leave her marriage, all those around her expect the usual suspects – infidelity or escaping a violent situation.
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Adrian Dooley
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, well that was a hugely enjoyable read. A bit off piste for me. Having spent the last three years or so reading almost exclusively thrillers and horror stories, this was a real departure and, as a middle aged man a bit of risk as it’s described as “women’s fiction”.

Kay has been married for 29 years. In her early 50s with two grown up children she has been unhappy for a long time.
When her best friend Bear moved to Australia 30 years ago they wrote to each other religiously. One month Bear
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Sherri Thacker
Thanks to the publisher for an early release of this book for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book and loved the friendships in it. My first book by this author and looking forward to many more.
Diane Merritt
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a touching heartfelt book, tears a few times. Couldn't put this one down finished it in one day. First for me from this author. Great great book!

Thanks to the publisher and net galley for an early release of this book.
Sheri
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british-novels
What a beautifully told story. I have to admit that there were many parts while I was reading that I was teary-eyed. At times it was funny, unforgettable, lifted you up and so warm. A book to truly fall in love with! I couldn't seem to read this book fast enough. I stayed up way, way too late to finish it. There were parts that actually had me laughing out loud. I haven't read such a warm your heart type of book in a very very long time. I totally recommend it.

I would like to thank the
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Audrey
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When fifty-something Kay Bright announces she won't be celebrating her thirtieth wedding anniversary, it's not only husband Richard left reeling. The repercussions of her decision reverberate through her family, leading to shocking revelations and life-changing events.
Oh, what an absolute gem of a book. Right from the start, I was rooting for Kay, yet found much sympathy for her struggling daughter, Stella, difficult mother-in-law, Alice (OK, I secretly adored her) and even the rather dull but
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Misfits farm
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that you want to gallop through as you “have” to know what happens. Others like a good wine or chocolate you want to savour- let them linger awhile and mature whilst your brain relaxes and takes in the thought processes. This is one of those savouring reads that I really didn’t want to end. Kay has left her husband. She has packed a rucksack with a few bits, told him that she is going travelling and walked out of the door. He didn’t realise to start with that she meant ...more
Olivia L
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright' is both irrepressibly brave and bold. With one fateful decision, one woman takes a momentous leap of faith. The result is an epic second chance at life. This story, that beautifully told of life's gains and love's losses, is all at once warm and witty, spicy yet sweet. There were many moments when I found myself laughing through tears.

No one could butcher English slang like Piet. No one could so eloquently knock someone's knees out with one little quip like
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Miriam
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Cheryl
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author, the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book, it was wonderful. It drew me in from the very first page and, although it might be a cliche, I couldn't put it down. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: December 4th 2019


"I wanted to try whatever life I had left without that net. Close my eyes and take a leap of faith."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Sania Jain
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭, 𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐧𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫. 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐢𝐭?"

I received this beautiful ARC of 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐋𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐫𝐬 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 by Beth Miller from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The journey of Kathlene Bright from being in a dull and monotonous marriage of 29 years to being an independent divorced woman who wants to fulfill all her dreams on her own, gripped me to the book till the end. Often in long marriages people tend to
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Cheryl
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kay Bright is a married mother of two grown up children. For all of her adult life, she has worked in her husband's chain of stationary shops, paid her bills on time, and written to her best friend in Australia like clockwork. Kay's life is quiet, normal, and regular. Which is why it comes as such a shock to her family when she tells her husband she's leaving, sets her wedding ring on the table, and heads off to visit Ursula in Australia, whose last three letters have been MIA.

Ursula is the only
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Taunya Miller
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Everyone thought that Kay was a happily married woman, happy in her job, and happy with life. She and her husband, Richard, have two grown children, Stella and Edward. The children are both moved out and life should be great, right?! So they all thought until the morning that Kay got up, got dressed, packed a rucksack and gave Richard her wedding ring. She had decided that life is too short and it was time to do all of the things
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Anuja (reading.cove)
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Cindy Bokma
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! If you like books such as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel
by Rachel Joyce or The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (these are must-reads) then you will absolutely love this one.

After twenty-nine years of marriage, Kay has decided she wants more. She walks out one day in search of something she's been lacking. Because her dear friend has stopped writing her monthly letters, Kay flies to Australia to see her face to face, searching for
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Nancy G / alovelybookishlife
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Just let me say, I adored this book. In the chaos of Thanksgiving week, this cozy little novel was just what I needed. I love it when a book is so good that you actually hurry the things that you HAVE to do just to get back to it. This was one of those books. Kay is the protagonist and is lifelong friends with Bear (Ursula). They have written each other every other month since they were
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Carolyn
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fifty one year old Kay Bright who has spent the last twenty nine years married to her husband Richard, raising their two children and working in his stationary store, wakes up one morning and decides she has had enough of living with a man who never wants to do anything interesting. She has decided she will leave Richard and do some of the things she has always wanted to do, such as visiting her dear friend Bear in Australia. Since Bear's family emigrated to Australia when she and Kay were ...more
Sally Tyrer
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great read that really does show you that we only live once so need to grab every opportunity to be happy and do all the things we want to!
I have read several books recently about middle aged/ pre menopausal women and the choices they make at this stage of life now that they are older and their children are less dependant upon them!it really does illustrate the fact that this time is for you so live it the best way you can!This book also celebrates female friendship and relationships through
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Mirtha
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow.

The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright by Beth Miller is a can't put down story about first loves, loss and wondering if it's ever too late to start over and live that life you always thought you'd have but never got around to living.

From the beginning of her marriage Kay Bright has always out family first. Working alongside her husband and the father of her children day in and out Kay's life becomes nothing to write to one of her nearest and dearest friends. When she stops receiving letter
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Missy
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can she really leave her husband of 29 years? I stayed up up way to late reading this book. My 2 a.m. novel. I laughed out loud and I cried while reading this.

"I wanted to try whatever life I had left without that net. Close my eyes and take a leap of faith."
This a book for everyone. Such an eye opener. All of our choices affect everyone in our family, be it good or bad. And sometimes what we think of a person bad or good, could it be just our imagination? Or our feelings in the moment? Kay
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MetLineReader
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019
An interesting story, as we wait for it to unfold. A little meandering but this allows the story to be revealed bit by bit. The foil of Kay’s letters to Bear/Ursula provides an insight into the backstory but also help to provide a little more gritty realism and think about what’s not been said.

When all is told, the outcomes are not that startling and as I had predicted. That said it was still a heartfelt book that kept my interest going.

Finally this book is marketed as one for fans of ‘Ove’...
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Laurie
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You go through life, you make choices, they lead to other choices, ad before you know it, you're in a place you wouldn't have started from. It was time to make new decisions, and change the story."
Talk about a mid-life crisis where you wake up and finally decide that the priority is ones own HAPPINESS!
How is it that it took Kay 29 years to realize that she had to start moving on that bucket list?
Kay moved along as we all do in life.
Wedding, kids, job and then empty nest, grand-parenting, and
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Virginia Morris
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley

Arc provided by Net Galley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Kay and her adult daughter, Stella, narrate the novel. Kay has been writing to and receiving letters from her friend, Bear, in Australia monthly like clockwork and then she realizes she’s missing a few letters. So she decides to leave her husband of 29 years and find out why she hasn’t received a letter from Bear in awhile. I found Kay to be an endearing main character. The publisher compared the novel to Eleanor Oliphant and I found
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Mikaela (Booklover1974)
I had a hard time connecting to this book, probably because I didn't like how Kay was portraited. She's a coward for just leaving everybody behind and don't even answer her phone when her children calls. Every thing she has done and do are just shallow actions for me. She talks about her best friend Rose, that she loves ,but it turns out Kay doesn't even know what's going on in her life, because it's all about Kay.

I'm not a fan of the dialogue either, it felt unbeliveable and stiff.
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Laura Peterson
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful from start to finish! The writing was well done and the story was very enjoyable.
I liked how the book followed both Kay and her daughter Stella, while each of them were going through an important part of their lives. The relationships in this book felt real and relatable. The book started with Mrs. Bright (Kay) making the decision to leave her husband, the rest of the book is what follows. It had heart wrenching moments as well as times that made me so happy for the
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Atomicbaby
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This is a coming of age book and book of self discovery with a difference. Kay has been married to Richard for 29 years when she decides to leave him as she is no longer happy and wants something different from life. So she leaves with just her backpack and no idea of where she’s going and what she is going to do.

This is a lovely heartwarming book that was a pleasure to read. The characters are all relatable and perfectly flawed. It is one of those books that helps you feel more positively
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