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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 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 fictio
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Hardcover, Large Print, 389 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Wheeler Publishing (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tânia Tanocas
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Gostei, mas não adorei...
Opinião em breve... ;)
Emi Bevacqua
Jan 27, 2009 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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Dana
May 02, 2012 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 22, 2012 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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Namrata
Mar 03, 2014 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.
Maria
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: club-blogring
Um livro sobre o qual tinha algumas expectativas pois era sobre uma troca de cartas entre um casal e o ultimo livro que li deste género foi uma agradável surpresa. Infelizmente não foi este o caso. A história em si é triste, fala-nos do pior pesadelo que uns pais podem viver, ou seja, a perda de um filho, situação que vivi recentemente relacionada com uma colega e amiga. No entanto o livro não me prendeu, apesar de pequeno e de leitura fácil, esperava mais, até porque tinha gostado de outros liv ...more
Christine
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This is quite a unique little book. One that most certainly caught me off guard. I checked the library audio out for this book because I needed a short book at the time. Much to my surprise, I really found this book to be a wonderful experience. It's the first book I have ever read OR listened to in this format. It's simply letters back and forth between a husband and wife during a difficult time in their lives. I must admit that I was thinking about this book when I was away from it, and I love ...more
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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Deirdre
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy
Oct 09, 2008 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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Natasha Borah Khan
Feb 01, 2014 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
Pauline
Apr 29, 2014 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..
Tina  M
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Megan for this recommendation. I really enjoyed reading it:)
Mónica Horta
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Este livro desiludiu-me imenso. Apesar de ser um tema que toca o coração a forma como é abordado não transmite nada e no fim fica um vazio.
Misty
Aug 17, 2009 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.
Suey
Sep 09, 2014 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.
Kristen
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woman-s-fiction, 2016
In Luann Rice's The Letters, she told us a gripping and moving story about love, life and loss in one powerful woman's fiction novel. For Hadley and Sam West, they had split up after their own child, Paul, died in a plane crash in Alaska. They went their separate ways and filed for divorce, when their love went wrong. For Sam, he had sent her the first letters, when he was set out to go to Alaska to see where the plane crashed and learned about dog mushing in his first Alaskan adventures. For Ha ...more
Mel Ann
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dealing with a loss can pull two people closer together or completely break them apart. In this story of love and loss and breaking points, Sam and Hendly are tested to the limit. They each need to figure out their own ways to overcome grief and find their way.

Their journey will bring you to tears and pierce your heart, while getting to know them personally through letter form. I've always believed that words and feelings are best expressed through writing and this story is embedded in so many
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Chris
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book until the very end. The ending just went off on a tangent and it disappointed and annoyed me. That's when my rating dropped from a 4 to a 3. Hadley's crazy, rambling letters were not interesting and I just skimmed quickly to the end. Totally disappointed in the ending.
Kim Taras
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not my thing and I did not enjoy it at all. I was reading this because for some reason I had a copy of it and I needed to read a book of letters for my popsugar reading challenge. The only thing I am glad about is that I completed this goal. On to the next!
Tammy Bandy
I started off not liking this book. Then I ended up liking it and again not liking the ending.
Jane
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a moving story - so glad I finally read it.
Lorraine
A very very simple story. It was just ok and a small book so I finished it.
Colette
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Luanne Rice. I have read all of her works and enjoy everyone and "The Letters" Is no exception. Granted, it is a short novel but very powerful! "All roads lead to back to home..."
Angie
Feb 24, 2014 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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Bibi
Oct 21, 2013 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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Joy
Apr 11, 2009 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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Machel
Sep 09, 2012 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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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
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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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 New York City and the Connecticut shoreline.
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