Letter from a Stranger by Barbara Taylor Bradford

57%

6 Critic Reviews

Bradford’s efforts to assign the moral high ground are doomed to fail, since she can’t seem to penetrate her characters’ hypocrisy.
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Synopsis

Letter from a Stranger

Barbara Bradford

Justine Nolan is a documentary filmmaker who lost her cherished grandmother a decade ago—the only source of love and comfort in her life. Her own mother, Deborah, has always been distant, focusing on her career as an interior designer. But when Justine inadvertently opens a letter addressed to her mother, she discovers that not only is her grandmother alive, but that Deborah has deliberately distanced her from the family for all these years. Justine's search for her grandmother takes her to Istanbul, where she begins to uncover secrets that stretch all the way back to World War II. As layers of deception peel away, Justine begins to understand a woman she never really knew…and she begins to ask questions about the true desires of her own heart.

 

About Barbara Taylor Bradford

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BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD was born and brought up in England, where she started her writing career as a journalist. She has written twenty-seven international bestsellers. This is her twenty-eighth novel. In 2007 Queen Elizabeth awarded her the OBE for her literary achievements. She lives in New York with her husband, TV and film producer Robert Bradford.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 431 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Letter from a Stranger
All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 01 2012

Bradford’s efforts to assign the moral high ground are doomed to fail, since she can’t seem to penetrate her characters’ hypocrisy.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 13 2012

If the plot turns simplistic at times, loyal fans will still tear up at the descriptions of enduring friendship and familial love.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on May 04 2012

An emotional story, the research about Istanbul and Berlin makes for an intriguing story of identity.

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Express

Below average
on Sep 18 2011

...while Gabriele continues in the BTB tradition of strong women, the rest of the book’s characters are so flimsy that I failed to care about them...

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Vibrant Nation

Good
on Apr 19 2012

...once Justine arrives in Istanbul, Letter from a Stranger becomes a captivating book. It’s another success for Bradford.

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Sunshine Coast Daily

Above average
on Mar 04 2012

...while the novel came to the conclusion I wanted and hoped for it was anti-climactic - it felt a little forced.

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