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.
Brigid Kemmerer is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!! Letters to the Lost is the best book I’ve read by her yet, and I have a feeling it will be in my top picks for 2017!
My favorite thing about this story would have to be that these characters, though broken and struggling, had family and friends beside them. They weren’t completely alone, trying to find their way while walking in circles. These characters had their struggles, that’s for sure… but to see the support they each had behind them was amazing.
I also adored the relationship between Cemetery Girl and The Dark. They found in each other an anonymous way to open up about their deepest fears, regrets, and concerns going forward. These two counted on each other, even though they were hidden behind a screen. Hearing how different they were, yet so similar at the same time, had me truly falling for these two and wanting only the best for them.
Both Juliet and Declan were developed in such a way as I felt as though I had known them their entire lives. Declan was bitter after an encounter with the law that left him being judged by everyone, including his family. Juliet was struggling to deal appropriately with the loss of her mother, leaving her hobby (photography) in the dust, and struggling to redeem her relationship with her father since her mother’s death. These two were lost, and with the help of each other and their friends and family, they were able to start working through their difficulties and find a light at the end of the tunnel.
Such a raw, emotional, heartfelt and swoony story!!! I have to admit that I did get quite emotional a time or two. This story was heartbreaking at times. But it was also uplifting, encouraging, and outright adorable at certain points. (And we can’t forget the swoony scenes! Loved them!) This book had everything I love, plus so much more! Definitely add this one to your TBR. It’s magically amazing.
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