Beth Miller comes to the blog today with a story of second chances, reframing your life and the power of family and friendship in
The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright
Kay Bright has been stuck in a rut, until the letters that didn’t come and her decision to revisit all of the old ones push her to the edge. Her marriage of twenty-nine years is flat, her job is always the same. The bright spot has always been the letters from her best friend and the one who holds a never-mentioned secret. Regular as clockwork, Kay’s correspondence allows her to fully “feel’ herself with no chance of judgment – just an ear. And when the letters stop coming, she’s confused and hurt – thinking perhaps she’d missed something.
Told in the perspective of Kay and her daughter Stella – the decision to walk away from the uninspired marriage without actual ‘cause’, and Kay’s own attempts to explain the why to everyone, especially her daughter Stella, gave this story a sense of ‘what if’ that I’m sure crosses everyone’s mind occasionally after the ‘honeymoon period’ dulls. What stood out more from this one was Kay’s determination to explain, and Stella’s willingness to try and understand – as both found new opportunities in a wholly different life from the one that previously existed.
Miller does an excellent job of allowing the reader to travel along with Kay, get information from Stella and truly find that there isn’t one person, place or thing on which to lay the blame, but that lives are a series of choices taken and not, secrets shared or kept, and being willing and able to move toward something – even when you don’t quite know what that something is, but are sure of what it isn’t. Clever, engaging and witty – the tone of ‘what could I have done” was clear, and with or without the dramatic chucking it all in will give people an opportunity to see different ways of making a change while still holding tight to family, friends and experiences that put you into that place.
Title: The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright
Author: Beth Miller
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 9 January, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 54 minutes
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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 in her husband’s stationery shop, cooks for her family, tries to remember to practice yoga, and every other month she writes to her best friend, Ursula, and Ursula replies. Kay could set her calendar by their letters: her heart lifts when the blue airmail envelope, addressed in Ursula’s slanting handwriting, falls gently onto the mat.
Ursula is the only one who knows Kay’s deepest secret, something that happened decades ago that could tear Kay’s life apart today. Ursula has always been the person Kay relies on. Knowing she will hear from Ursula is like being sure the sun will rise tomorrow.
And now Ursula has stopped writing. Three missing letters doesn’t sound like a lot, but Kay gets out her shoebox of notes from her best friend, in case there’s something she overlooked. Ursula seems fine, but the further back she goes, the more Kay begins to question every choice she has made in her life. Which might be why, at ten o’clock one morning, Kay walks out of her yellow front door with a just a rucksack, leaving her wedding ring on the table...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.