Jun 23

#Book #Review The Last Letter By Kathleen Shoop


A Father’s Deceit

A Husband’s Betrayal

A Loved One’s Death

A Mother’s Choice

A Daughter’s Resentment

A Time to Forgive

For every daughter who thinks she knows her mother’s story…

Katherine wouldn’t have believed it if she hadn’t found the last letter…

Katherine Arthur’s dying mother arrives on her doorstep, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie’s husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty — a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death.

Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine’s world apart. Now, seventeen years later, Katherine has found the truth — she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it’s too late?

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My Review: 

This is a historical fiction book. The time frame is 1887 and 1905. When the book begins its 1905 which is “current time”.

Frank and Jeanie leave the life they knew behind due to a scandal. They start over in the praries as pioneers. They feel they are doing what is best for their family.

Frank is a dreamer and finds the good in everything. Jeanie is more of a realist and sees what is right in front of them. She sees how much they are currently and will continue to struggle.

There is a secret that Jeanie has kept from her daughter Katherine. Katherine has a lot of resentment towards her mother. It’s not until her mother is dying of cancer and living her that Katherine learns the full truth of the past. Will Katherine forgive her mother in time? Will she be able to forgive herself for the last 17 yrs she lost with her mother?

About the Author

A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen’s debut novel, The Last Letter was garnered multiple awards in 2011.  Her second novel, After the Fog (Silver IPPY), was a category finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her third novel, Love and Other Subjects, earned a Silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. Recently, Kathleen has released the her first romance novella, Home Again (Book One). Book Two, a novel-length work in the Endless Love series called Return to Love, will be released in May, 2014.

Books Two and Three in the historical fiction series that started with The Last Letter are nearly complete and should be released by fall, 2014.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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1 comment

  1. sharon martin

    I’ve just finished this read last night, oh my what an emotional read!
    sharon martin recently posted…A is for Emotions by Lisa Weidknecht plus Signed Book Giveaway,My Profile

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