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$15 Amazon GC (3 winners)-The Last Letter-Kathleen Shoop-Ends 8/3

Friday, June 20, 2014


How do I begin to describe a story that gripped me and tore at my heartstrings. The Last Letter by Kathleen Shoop did just that. This is the story of a woman whose life was changed utterly from perfect to gruesome in a very short period of time. Her name disgraced by actions taken by her father and partially by her husband she was forced to leave a life of privilege and make a go of it in a hovel dug into the side of a mountain on the prairie.

They had neighbors who helped each other out but her husband lived in the clouds. When she gave birth to a premature baby she did everything possible to keep that child alive. Her four children were her life. When her first born died in a freak snow storm attempting to warn his philandering father she fell apart. Katherine who really did not know the whole story was bitter for a reason you will have to read the book to find out, and as an adult hated her mother, although they used to be very close.

When Katherine's husband forces her to take in her dying mother and her sister she fights it--until she begins to read the letters her Mom has kept all these years.

You will need a box of tissues-I can't say more because it will give away what happened and happens at the end. This is one of those books that will probably stay with me for a very long time. Yes, 5 Stars.


A Father’s Deceit

A Husband’s Betrayal

A Loved One’s Death

A Mother’s Choice

A Daughter’s Resentment

A Time to Forgive

For every daughter who thinks she knows her mother’s story…

Katherine wouldn’t have believed it if she hadn’t found the last letter…

Katherine Arthur’s dying mother arrives on her doorstep, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie’s husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty — a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death.

Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine’s world apart. Now, seventeen years later, Katherine has found the truth — she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it’s too late?

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About the Author

A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen's debut novel, The Last Letter was garnered multiple awards in 2011.  Her second novel, After the Fog (Silver IPPY), was a category finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her third novel, Love and Other Subjects, earned a Silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. Recently, Kathleen has released the her first romance novella, Home Again (Book One). Book Two, a novel-length work in the Endless Love series called Return to Love, will be released in May, 2014.

Books Two and Three in the historical fiction series that started with The Last Letter are nearly complete and should be released by fall, 2014.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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45 comments :

Kristal Deane said...

Impressive! This definitely sounds too good for words. I haven't had a good read in quite some time and will love to check this one out. Thanks for another amazing book review. I think Kathleen Shoop just won me over. :)

Sharon Martin said...

I know exactly what you mean, I'm almost finished reading this one and my heartstrings are well and truly pulled.

Diane Estrella said...

Sounds like a tear-jerker for sure. One life and so many troubles. This looks like a book I would enjoy as well.

Karen Greenberg said...

I would hold on to the Amazon card until it is time to buy Christmas gifts for my daughters. I'm not sure exactly what I would buy.

bxcrochet said...

Wow seems like she had a rough life. Looks like a great read to help you appreciate what you have.

Michelle F.

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

I book that I have to read with a box of tissues---sounds like a very moving read...I love the music for the video too.

Stace Werner said...

I would spend the money on more books to read! Thanks!

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Oh, this sounds amazing!!! I would definitely buy this one!

Kristen Campbell said...

That was quite a review! I cry over anything - so this would probably be no exception LOL

Ria C said...

You got my interest piqued. I find the brief info of the storyline you share very intriguing that I am left wondering on what happened next. I am not much of a novel fan but once in a while, I do indulge myself in some serious novel-reading. This can be one of those books that will move me.

Masshole Mommy said...

Oh man, this sounds like a real tear jerker. I will have to remember this when I am feeling down in the dumps anyways LOL

Anonymous said...

I would probably spend it on some kitchen gadget that I need.

Carla WorkingMommyJournal said...

Sounds like an incredible book that you will definitely need the box of tissues for - I love books like this!

Kung Phoo said...

As soon as i saw its a tear jerker.. i know my wife would like it..

Uplifting Families Parenting Advice said...

This sounds like a great read. It sounds like an amazing and inspiring story, thank you for sharing.

Lame Shrill Owl said...

I just finished a book that made me cry, I will think about this one after I get a couple others read.

Kendall Rayburn said...

Wow - sounds great! I would use the gift card to buy books! :)

becca said...

This book sounds good and what a great giveaway.

Amanda @ Growing Up Madison said...

This really sounds like a tearjerker. I love those kind of book and btw that giveaway is great. I just love Amazon.

Renald said...

maybe a book or something for the house.Deb P

Maria Constanza Oller said...

Seems like a wonderful book, I love the excerpt.

April Mims said...

Oh wow....this sounds like a really interesting book!

Rebecca Swenor said...

Sounds so interesting and would make a great read. Thanks for sharing.

bn100 said...

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Hanna Lei said...

I'd use it towards my school books -Hanna Lei

katieoscarlet said...

I would spend it on some Amazon Prime movie rentals

Pixel Berry Pie said...

I'd like to get some new Douglas Bond books. Thanks!

John Lamano said...

buy a book. :D

Anonymous said...

There is just something about a book with letters and finding out the truth that grabs me.
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Anonymous said...

Forgot to answer specific question - I would definitely buy a book.
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ChickensGal said...

Books, Books Books!

mandala said...

I would use it towards getting a book for a friend. Thanks!

Sherry Butcher said...

I would buy at lest one book!

Linda Romer said...

I would buy books maybe socks.

Debra Holloway said...

I think this I would keep for myself.

andie said...

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Might get my daughter the latest "How to Train Your Dragon" books. She's really into them.

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

I'd get some ebooks I've been dying to read. =)

cowboyswife said...

I would get some books that my daughter has been asking for. I love that she enjoys to read.

Kate F. said...

I would spend the gift card on books.

Journeys of The Zoo said...

I would buy caviar of course :)

Thanks for making this giveaway open to Canadians.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

Cali Willette said...

I would buy a book! Thanks for the giveaway! <3

PrettyLittleWarrior said...

Since I have a crush on books, it will definitely be that! Thanks for this great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I'd get some snacks I can place next to me so I don't have to get up while reading!

Amanda

amanda.townsend2 at gmail dot com

Ramon Rojas said...

I would buy... more books!! Maybe some romantic or fiction ebooks. Thanks for this giveaway :-)

Marissa M said...

I would spend the Amazon Gift Card on textbooks

 
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