Sometimes it takes losing something to see where you truly belong.
For the past twenty-nine years, Kay Bright’s days have had a familiar rhythm: she works in her husband’s stationery shop hoping to finally sell the legendary gold pen, cooks for her family, tries to remember to practise yoga, and every other month she writes to her best friend, Ursula. Kay could set her calendar by their letters: her heart lifts when the blue airmail envelope, addressed in Ursula’s slanting handwriting, falls gently onto the mat.
But now Ursula has stopped writing and everything is a little bit worse.
Ursula is the only one who knows Kay’s deepest secret, something that happened decades ago that could tear Kay’s life apart today. She has always been the person Kay relies on.
Worried, Kay gets out her shoebox of Ursula’s letters and as she reads, her unease starts to grow. And then at ten o’clock in the morning, Kay walks out of her yellow front door with just a rucksack, leaving her wedding ring on the table…
This emotional and heart-warming novel is for anyone who knows it’s never too late to look for happiness. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, A Man Called Ove and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will fall in love with this feel-good and moving story that shows you that the best friendships truly last forever.
This is a story that alternates between Kay and her daughter Stella as well as letters written from Kay to her best friend in Australia. Through Kay’s chapters as well as the letters, we get to know her better as an adult as well as her younger life.
I wasn’t sure if Kay was a little bit crazy to start with. Upping and walking out of a relationship of twenty nine years. In a way I admired her but on the other hand I thought she was mad to walk out without trying to at least talk things through. I really enjoyed being taken on a journey with Kay though as she rediscovers herself.
The storyline to do with Kay and Ursula really tugs on the heart strings. Their friendship has stood the test of time over the years and whilst they haven’t seen each other, they have always taken it in turns to write letters to each other. It brought up memories of my childhood writing to pen friends and the excitement of receiving a letter in the post. Emails, texts, sorry but technology can never replace a good old fashioned letter.
The Missing Letters Of Mrs Bright was a whole bag of emotions kind of read. Overall it is a light hearted read but there are some really emotional parts where I found myself overwhelmed with tears rolling down my face. It is a reminder to live life to the fullest and to take chances. Devouring it in one afternoon, the author had me fully engrossed in this wonderful story of friendships. Definitely worthy of five stars.
The Missing Letters Of Mrs Bright is available to purchase from Amazon.