FICTION

The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant

Morrow. Mar. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062970589. pap. $16.99. F
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Rachel Parker, whose work as a marine researcher allows her to change jobs and locations frequently, embarks on a new assignment that takes her to the Isles of Scilly off the coast of England. On her first venture out on the water, she becomes engrossed in her research and gets caught in a storm. In her attempt to reach shore, she lodges her wrist in a rock formation and is rescued by a recluse who lives in a mansion on an otherwise uninhabited island. While recuperating there, Rachel finds clues about the previous inhabitants of the mansion as well as its secretive current resident. Among her findings are beautiful love letters written more than 50 years prior. Rachel is soon engrossed in solving the mystery of the love letters even though she is skeptical about true love. If she can reunite these two lost lovers, she may be able to change her own views on love.
VERDICT Vivid descriptions highlight intertwining plot lines that seamlessly build to a satisfying climax. For fans of the author’s other works (The Botanist’s Daughter) and fiction by authors such as Lauren Willig and Kate Morton.

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