Book Review: The Letter – Kitty’s Story by Eliza J. Scott

F17B7F1A-9233-44AF-81E4-39F3C1BF8024Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember.

Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…

Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement,

Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…
Will she stand by Dan, or will Kitty be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?

Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

When Kitty first meets Dan, he is charming, attentive and loving. It’s not long before she is won over and they are married. Kitty’s family is not so convinced about Dan and try to warn her to be careful. Ollie is also heartbroken. He’s in love with Kitty and tries hard to move on but is always in the background of Kitty’s life.

Dan and Kitty have now been married for a few years. Dan is dominating and mostly absent from the family home. When he is there, he is emotionally abusive. This is where we find Kitty at the beginning of the novel.

Kitty, despite having the outwardly appearance of having the perfect life is in fact living quite a tragic one. I was torn between wanting to step into the novel to give her a hug and to firmly tell her to leave Dan behind.
Without giving too much away, something definitely shifts for Kitty throughout this book.

Dan is the perfect villain. I really wanted him to get what he deserves. He is one of those arrogant, self- satisfied characters that you love to hate and I immediately didn’t like him.

43B656A7-5F7B-4B69-A03A-67A489B2F93COllie and Kitty’s brother, James, along with Violet and Molly are great supporting characters and add warmth and humour to a subject matter that is very serious and sometimes hard to read. I think it’s handled with great care and the author has done very well to do this.

The plot moves along at a satisfying pace. The prologue adds some great mystery to it. I was not sure how it fitted in with the rest of the book and it was exciting as secrets are revealed.

This was a book I really enjoyed as I sat outside in the beautiful weather we’ve been having. I look forward to seeing what Eliza does next.
Great novel.

(The Letter – Kitty’s Story is available to buy now. Click to view on Amazon  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letter-Kittys-Story-Life-Moors-ebook/dp/B07DMKKM89/)

 

About Eliza: 

elizaShe lives in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When she’s not writing, Eliza can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle, or in her garden.

Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Say hi to Eliza via her blog – elizajscott.com, on Twitter: @ElizaJScott1Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott and Facebook – @elizajscottauthor

 

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Laura
I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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