Today I am reviewing A Letter from Nana Rose by Kristin Harper. This was released on the 25th of October, published by Bookouture.
“My darling girls. You were once so happy in this house. Now I’m gone, all I ask is that you spend one last summer here together on Dune Island. And please forgive me, your Nana, for the secret I’m about to tell you…”
Arriving at the honeysuckle-covered beach house inherited from her beloved grandmother, recently heartbroken Jill hopes to convince her two feuding sisters not to sell a place so full of happy childhood memories. But the envelope waiting on the driftwood table changes everything. In her elegant handwriting, Nana Rose promises a new letter will arrive each day of the summer revealing a family secret she took to her grave.
Shaken, Jill anxiously awaits each letter filled with Nana’s bittersweet memories of her own sister who she loved more than anyone—and lost far too young. But why did Nana never speak of this tragic loss to her grandchildren?
Watching the sunset each night and wondering how well they really knew Nana Rose, Jill feels her family is closer than they’ve been in years. And after a chance encounter with blue-eyed tree surgeon Alex, she wonders if Nana believed being back on Dune Island would help Jill find love, too?
But when Nana’s final letter arrives, the revelation about how her sister died is more shocking than Jill ever imagined. Suddenly, despite the chance of happiness with Alex, selling the house seems the only way forward. Will Jill find a way to forge new bonds of sisterhood and save their inheritance,or will Nana Rose’s secret tear them all apart?
An absolutely gorgeous, gripping and heartbreaking read about the importance of family, and how even our loved ones can keep shattering secrets. Perfect for fans of Carolyn Brown, Debbie Macomber and Mary Alice Munroe.
“Three sisters…one summer…one family secret…”
As a psychological thriller and crime junkie kind of girl, it is not very often I deviate away from those genres and read this type of book. Maybe I am becoming a big softie in my old age, as I am starting to find myself gravitating towards these stories more to mix it up a bit.
In the case of A Letter from Nana Rose, I was drawn to this book and knew that I just had to read it and my instincts were right! I absolutely adored this book and I am so glad I read it and to have been introduced to Kristin Harper’s work. It is also not very often that a book really pulls on my heartstrings and makes me shed a few tears, but again I found myself in exactly this position reaching for the tissues.
The setting in Dune Island Massachusetts is magical and had me fully immersed whilst my hometown was in another lengthy lockdown. It really was the perfect escape and I was able to imagine myself there, not wanting to tear myself away. The sisters are real and authentic, each with their own set of challenges and I loved Nana Rose and reading her story.
Beautifully written, A Letter from Nana Rose is an utterly gorgeous tale that will most definitely be part of my best reads for 2021. Now please excuse me while I go and purchase this talented author’s other books!
Thank you to Kristin Harper, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of A Letter From Nana Rose, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Kristin Harper
Ever since she was a young girl, there were few things Kristin liked more than creative writing and spending time on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her family.
Eventually (after a succession of jobs that bored her to tears), she found a way to combine those two passions by becoming a women’s fiction author whose stories occur in oceanside settings.
While Kristin doesn’t live on the Cape year-round, she escapes to the beach whenever she can.
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