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Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Advent 2015 - Day 14 - The Last Letter by Kathleen Shoop (The Letter Series Book 1)

The Last Letter by Kathleen Shoop
The Letter Series, Book 1

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 letter... In the summer of 1905 Katherine Arthur's mother arrives on her doorstep, dying, 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, and far from the homestead, 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?

The Last Letter has won numerous awards, both national and international.

The Letter Series 
 Book 1: The Last Letter 
 Book 2: The Road Home 

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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) and Book Two, a novel-length work in the Endless Love series called Return to Love. Book Three in the historical fiction series that started with The Last Letter and followed with The Road Home is also near completion.

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.

The first thing Kathleen thinks of at the thought of Christmas is...
My daughter, Beth, being born on Christmas Eve!

Kathleen's favorite Christmas indulgence and why...
Cookies... should I admit that? Nothing like hot chocolate and sugar cookies.

Kathleen's Christmas Wish for 2015…
World Peace...and not in a flippant way. I wish somehow the world could just right itself overnight. I suppose each of us can do our part, so I wish we all did that--saw each other as we want to be seen.

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Sharon x

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  1. This sounds pretty powerful and emotional. It also sounds irresistible, so thanks!

  2. I really should check out this author, her books sound great!

  3. What an emotional sounding book, maybe one i'll need to add to my to read list x

  4. this is something i would definitely read! ive watched dramas with a similar storyline before

  5. This is one of the most heart warming books I've read--the whole series is absolutely one you should not miss reading. Kathleen Sloop knows how to grab at your heart strings and won't let go.


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