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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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    The Missing Letters of Mrs.

    I was very disappointed in reading this book. I had read that readers who had liked A Man Called Ove would enjoy it. I do not appreciate soppy books that pretend to be literary as I consider this one to be. It is also not humerous at all. Very disappointed.
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    The life we live

    I can imagine this is a very relatable book for many these days when life expectancy is much increased and forever suddenly seems a very long time in a marriage. In this example Kay Bright is not in a bad marriage but can’t shake off the feeling that there should be more to life than this, she’s feeling stuck in a rut both at home and at work where she manages a shop in the family business. There’s no trigger for her leaving her husband when she does beyond the feeling that if she doesn’t now she never will. The story is told from two perspectives, those of Kay and of her twenty something daughter Stella. Whilst I enjoyed reading both I don’t feel that Stella’s chapters especially added to the story, I felt more invested in Kay’s travels and relationships, more so her friendships than her marriage. This is a very reflective story which definitely makes you think a little about the life you live.
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    Slow starter but good.

    This book was a slow starter for me but then all of a sudden it was really good and I enjoyed it. Kay decides to leave her husband, Richard, after almost 30 years of marriage and two grown children. Kay has a good friend, Bear (Ursula) who she has exchanged letters with for years up until about six months ago. The story is told from different POVs to go along with the different story lines within this book. This is a very poignant story of love, loss and hope. Thank you NetGally and Bookouture for the ARC of this very touching book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Captivating & Engaging

    If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of relationships, imperfection, hope, secrets and friendships then The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright by Beth Miller is a must-read for you! This book is substantially about family, love, mother-daughter relationships, women's friendships and starting-over, and the synopsis also implies a soupçon of mystery, which was exactly the reading experience I had. Beth Miller has an admirable writing style: it is seamless, flows well, and is wonderfully expressive. The characterisation is impressive with an unforgettable cast of people that are complex and determined, though difficult and flawed to somewhat varying degrees. The character-driven plot uses a perfect blend of narrative, letters, and multiple points of view to help the reader understand the different reactions to Kay's decision to leave her husband after twenty-nine years of marriage. This was an exceptionally compulsive story and the ending was bittersweet. I really hoped that things worked out well for all of the characters, having lived in their pockets throughout their respective journeys. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel, at my request, from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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