Letters to the Lost (Brigid Kemmerer)

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Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.


WOAH. Holy emotional overload! I really enjoyed this book way more than I had anticipated I would, and that’s always a plus for me. If I hadn’t had life to tend to, I could have read this book in one sitting easily.

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“One day isn’t your whole life. A day is just a day.”

My favorite part of this entire book was the RAW emotions. The realness of it all just felt pleasing to me.

The sparks and the relationships.
The struggles and the overcome fears.
The strengths and the downsides.
The ugly part of it. The beautiful part of it.

It was all so wonderfully wrote that my heart actually felt tugged at. A couple of times actually.

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Another one of my favorite things about this book was although a lot of the situations could have been “cliches” the author did an excellent job at executing all of the events to where they weren’t predictable or over dramatic. She stuck to what she wanted to and instead of making everything so predictable, she threw wrenches in our predictions. Kind of like saying “hey, take THAT!” to her readers while we are already sniffing our noses all misty eyed.

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At times though, Juliet’s judging of Declan really pushed on my nerves. The way she treated him, the things she said to him, it was all just overwhelming and frustrating to me because when we get her POV she doesn’t seem like that type of person, but 80% of the time when she’s around Declan she’s judging him. Pushing. Degrading. Struggling. This was my downfall. Her struggles wore on her and in return she took it out on every one around her, including the people who had been there for her since day 1.

There are not enough words of praise to explain to you what I felt for Rev; Declan’s calm and sense of direction. His relationship with Declan was just what the story needed and for that I’m grateful. BUT, with that being said: I want more on him. There’s this huge hole in his plot and I want it. I want it real bad.

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All in all, an incredible read I’d recommend to anyone! Well, unless you don’t like feelings and happiness and redemption and hope. Then, probably not for you.

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