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Letter from a Stranger Hardcover – 15 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007304137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007304134
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in England. She started her writing career on the Yorkshire Evening Post and later worked as a journalist in London. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, became an enduring bestseller and was followed by twenty-four bestselling novels. Her books have sold more than eighty-one million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries and forty languages, and ten mini-series and television movies have been made of her books. She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford.

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Praise for Letter from a Stranger:

‘Another great yarn from the ultimate storyteller’ The Sun

Praise for Playing the Game:

‘As romantic and thrilling as the rest’ Independent on Sunday

‘The novel has that compulsive page-turning quality that marks out a bestseller as this one is bound to be’ Daily Express

Praise for Barbara Taylor Bradford’s other novels:

'Queen of the genre' Sunday Times

‘Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world’s best at spinning yarns’ Guardian

‘Memorable and moving…a sure-fire winner’ Express

About the Author

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in England. She started her writing career on the Yorkshire Evening Post and later worked as a journalist in London. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, became an enduring bestseller and was followed by twenty-six others, including the bestselling Harte series. Barbara’s books have sold more than eighty-two million copies worldwide and in more than ninety countries and forty languages, and ten mini-series and television movies have been made out of her books. In October of 2007, Barbara was appointed an OBE by the Queen for her services to literature. She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford. Letter From a Stranger is her twenty-seventh novel.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2012
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The story is about a relatively wealthy family comprising mostly successful and caring individuals. The novel is centred around US based Justine and her twin Richard. Richard and Justine have not seen their maternal grand mother in 10 years having been informed by their mother that their grand mother had passed away in an air accident. Justine intercepts a letter from a friend of her grandmothers which leads her to believe she may still be alive. The novel then describes the search for their grandmother who they believe may be living in either London or Istanbul, and the discovery of family information from her past dating from the second world war.

As a mystery story with romantic under tones, the style of the novel is more akin to Mills and Boon rather than Dan Brown. It is set in a relatively ideal world where the characters are not limited by having to go to work daily, nor care for aged/or sick family members, and who have servants to care of the daily grind. The main characters are on the whole very positive and are deeply caring about each other, except for their mother who they dislike intensely. The positive aspects continue with some love at first site romance, and with all `good characters' having a happy ending.

Some of the characters actions and how they interpret situations are some what fare fetched. Descriptions of Istambul and Berlin (during the war era) were interesting, however I don't have enough knowledge of either to comment on if they reflect fact or are more based on fiction.

For those who like an emotionally charged light story, with an escapist feel from everyday life, then this will be an ideal read. However for those who like a `tell it as it is mystery story' with highly credible characters and situations based on most folks idea of normality then this is probably of lesser interest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Mars on 7 Jan. 2012
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I am unsure why there are so many negative reviews on this book. Yes it is a clear departure from BTB's normal books, but I still loved it. I am not sure it was totally believable, especially when Justine spots her Gran that she hasn't seen in 10 years whilst out on a boat ride!! Anyway, take it for what it is and I could not put it down and had indeed finished it within a few days. I like the simplicity of it and it was easy to follow. A feel good story for when there is so much bad in the world.

Well done BTB for risking a change.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sobriety Sam on 9 Jun. 2012
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Words fail me on how to describe this book. The characters are from a TV soap, shallow and unbelievable. Repetition seems to be her forte; how many times does Michael remind himself of his Secret Service training. I know she has a great following but I cannot see me reading another of her books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bryan VINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2011
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I was taught as a youngster that `no good will come from opening someone else's mail' and I would never have dared open my mother's private letters! But Justine does just that and from there on Barbara Taylor Bradford's book Letter From A Stranger opens up a mighty can or worms.
I have been a fan of BTB's books in the past and was very surprised how, at first, shallow the characters and settings were illustrated in the text. Justine gets in a flap when she learns her mother has lied and... surprise!... her twin brother goes into an equal flap! Fortunately, as the story progresses the characters become more believable, though I would have liked to see less 'gushing' from Justine about being reunited with her grandmother as it started to get rather expected and tedious.
In the Catherine Cookson novels, Cookson goes to great lengths to describe the characters, their feelings and their moods and equally, places, settings and atmosphere. This latest book from BTB has very little of this to begin with. The characters are like the cellophane wrapping around a box of tea bags - you just never can get inside if you don't have fingernails and have to grab a knife to stab away at the box. The same goes to the places visited in the book, but later in the book, BTB finally returns to her previous ways giving an excellent account of Justine's grandmother during the Second World War. Believable, well-researched and tinged with sadness.
This book will make an ideal paperback to carry on a train or bus as the book is divided into parts and then into small chapters. I recommend this book to readers of previous novels by BTB and if you can get past the first few chapters then I'm sure you'll settle down and have an enjoyable read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thalia on 1 Oct. 2011
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I have read every book by barbara Taylor Bradford,and have always found them "un-put-downable" I pre- ordered this and couldn"t wait to get started but sadly i found it very disapointing, not a patch on anything else, and I found it very bland and nothing like her usual wonderful books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2011
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Movie producer Justine Nolan finds " a letter from a stranger" which leads her on a journey from Connecticut to Istanbul to uncover a family mystery. What she discovers is unexpected and shocking to her and her family and reaches far deeper than anything she can imagine. The plot is quite a good one but a little disjointed at times. The characters are likeable but I feel a little too good to be true .This book is not the page turner that the Woman of substance series was but I think that series raised our expectations rather high. It is an average read and I think anyone who enjoys mystery, intrigue and romance will enjoy it.
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