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  • Live Life to the Fullest NOW

    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 rolling was that Kay had not received letters from her childhood friend and now longtime pen pal, Bear, for six months. She was understandably concerned so had a dig through past correspondence and came across other items from her youth. What follows is a well-woven tale about starting anew and working towards one's goals, no matter what age. It's also about love and loss. I found this book to be quite heartwarming. It covers a lot of ground, yet it accomplishes it in a way that leaves the reader feeling glad to have read it instead of mournful and overly ponderous about everything that occurred. It really drives home the point of 'We only have one go a round on this Earth," which is a sentiment I couldn't agree more with. Anyone who knows me also knows that I don't sit and wait for something to happen, but I do my best to make it happen. This doesn't always work out very well, but I can honestly say I'll never be Kay, stuck in a marriage for 29 years before realizing I've not done anything I wanted to do. Well, knock on wood, I suppose. The story had me tearing up at moments, but there were way more moments where I had to quiet a guffaw so as not to wake my sleeping child. The story is told through Kay's point of view, Kay's letters to Bear (and one from Bear to her), and Stella's point of view. I thought having Stella chapters was a nice touch, as it allows the older and younger readers to connect with the story, which, as above, contains an important message. The characters are well written. Even Richard has more depth to him than one will originally think. There were only a few moments when I thought maybe the witticisms seemed a touch forced, and that's what keeps it from the fifth star for me. I'm glad to have read this. It's a well-packaged reminder to oneself to go LIVE life, to the fullest, no matter how hard it sometimes is, and to cherish those we love. While I think the message is something that I'd recommend to everyone, I think the packaging is more appropriate for those who enjoy women's fiction, so I'll be sure to recommend it to all the women in my life. Thank you, Beth Miller, for writing The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright; Bookouture for publishing it; and NetGalley for allowing the connection between all of us. All thoughts above are 100% my own.

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  • Complicated

    This is a story of yearning; about making decisions that are hard to make; about wanting a change; about leaving what you know because there just has to be more. "Kay Bright" wants more. She has been a devoted mother, wife and the backbone behind her husband's stationary chain of stores. After 29 somewhat happy years she grabs her backpack, places her wedding ring on the counter and walks out the door to the next part of her life. Her husband, her adult children and her friends don't know what to make of it all...her husband is convinced she had an affair and is leaving for someone else. Her daughter is angry and strikes out. Her son is indifferent. And the company she helped to build is suffering. But the truth remains as lost as Kay is, or maybe she isn't ready to look at the truth...the decision to walk away is too fresh. Kay books a flight to visit her very best friend, a woman she has been friends with since they were young girls. Kay needs her help, but something has drastically changed with her friend, something is very wrong. Kay has much more to deal with than she expected. She wonders how it got so complicated...or how she got it so wrong.

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  • Excellent story with wonderful characters!

    "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 then......? I loved this novel! It often takes that WAKE UP call from a friend or loved one to make the light bulb go off and realize that time is precious and too short! A very relatable novel! Excellent story with wonderful characters! I love Kay, Bear and Rose!

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  • Importance

    Le livre nous renseigne bien, mais c'est un peu courte. Corriger ce dernier

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  • Leave a 29-year Marriage, what??

    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. I think Kay finds herself just wondering about everything in her life and decides she doesn’t want to be married. This book has a great pattern of mother-daughter alternating narration. I enjoyed both Kay’s part and her daughter Stella’s part. They both are trying to figure out what life has in store for them. I definitely rooted for them both to find happiness in their love lives and careers. There are some fun adventures in Venice and I’m dying to eat at the Gritti Palace now. Stella was a fun character and I wanted to remind her to stay strong! I did enjoy this one, but I was not completely drawn into in emotionally. It has been compared to “Eleanor Oliphant” and “A Man Called Ove” – I agree that if you like those, you would enjoy this one, it just didn’t pack the emotional punch of those in my opinion. It’s definitely filled with friendship, secrets and drama, and even a few moments when I laughed out loud (especially with Kay’s mother-in-law and Stella’s friend Piet).

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