“Letters to the Lost is a powerful debut, one of those rare books that grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
The story is told through dual timelines. One set during the war years where Stella Thorne, a young married woman, meets and falls in love with Dan Rosinski, an American air force pilot.
The second is set in the present day and features Jess and Will. Jess is homeless and desperately trying to escape her past, which includes an abusive boyfriend. Will is recovering from a breakdown caused in no small part by being compared to his over-achieving brother by his parents.
Jess breaks into a house to find sanctuary, but while there, picks up and reads a letter sent by Dan (now ninety years old and terminally ill) to Stella, in the hope of finally getting in touch with her before he dies. Jess finds all the letters that Dan sent to Stella during the war and builds up a picture of this doomed relationship and decides to try to help him.