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Barbara Taylor Bradford
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Book Description

15 Mar 2012

Captivating and evocative, Letter from a Stranger will take you on an unforgettable journey from idyllic Connecticut to exotic Istanbul to war-torn Berlin then back to the present day.

When award-winning film maker Justine Nolan returns to her beautiful childhood home, she is intrigued by an envelope she finds in her absent mother’s post. But the letter inside contains a shocking revelation. If genuine it will change everything she believes about her family’s recent history, her mother and her adored grandmother, Gabriele.

With the support of her beloved twin brother, Richard, Justine resolves to uncover the truth. To do so she must travel to Istanbul – the teeming, beguiling city on the cusp of East and West. It is a place which holds its own secrets, leading her to a fascinating man who appears to know more than he is prepared to disclose.

Yet even when her quest succeeds, Justine is faced with a further mystery: Gabriele’s background is not what it seems. Justine is given a book of memories in which the real story unfolds, taking her back to the darkest days of European history, with its suffering and astonishing acts of bravery. At the heart of it lie the final facts of Gabriele’s identity – and her own.

The letter from a stranger has brought her not only to the truth about her family but also a chance to heal the wounds of past betrayals, to embrace a new love and new life.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007441711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007441716
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,577 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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‘Another great yarn from the ultimate storyteller’ The Sun

‘Every novel from this acclaimed and beloved author is avidly read, and its engrossing historical dimension, family traumas, romance and vivid setting will prove irresistible’ Booklist

'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

‘dramatic and filled with passion’ Fraser Coast Chronicle

‘it is this passionate writing style which keeps you enthralled.’ Toowoomba Chronicle

‘Brimming with a suspense-filled plot, a myriad of secrets, Nazi occupied Germany, intrigue, danger and a once-in-a-lifetime love, this story is unforgettable.’ Romance Junkies reviews

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Letter from me 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected 1 Oct 2011
By Thalia
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BTB Letter from a stranger 8 Jan 2012
By Sue H TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Taylor Bradford 5 Jan 2012
By GAGA
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Had this book for christmas, from my friend. she said it is good value for money. I have got all twenty seven of her books. And I have enjoyed them all.she is a Brilliant Author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The book improves as you read more... 16 Nov 2011
By Bryan VINE VOICE
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars predictable and slightly irritating 11 Nov 2011
By K. Glaister VINE VOICE
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I am not sure why this book irritated me so much. It is a good story but it did not grip me in any way. I think that maybe the characters are just too pretty, slim, elegant, wealthy, young (or young-looking if elderly), well-connected and quite frankly unbelievable. That said, I enjoyed the description of Istanbul and the 'diary' section of Berlin is interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book so far.
I found it extremely difficult to put this book down. The story had me gripped right from the start. I shed tears at quite a few parts. Fabulous book to read.
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Published 26 days ago by patricia m. cattell
4.0 out of 5 stars letter from a stranger by Barbara Taylor Bradford
I loved the story. Fascinating, well written. Geographically interesting and description of dress etc brought the novel to life for me
Published 1 month ago by Mrs June W Sherwin
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Tedious and so typical of B.T.B. all her characters are so false - do people really behave like this?
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An excellent book - as are all this author's stories - and can recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Letter from a Stranger
A book so difficult to put down - most diverting reading. Really enjoyed it and sure others will also do so.
Published 2 months ago by Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars letter from a stranger
A good story and an interesting insight into Berlin during the war. As usual Barbara Taylor Bradford makes you feel as if you know the characters
Published 2 months ago by Christine Hart
3.0 out of 5 stars review
I thought it was very shallow, not at all like Barbara Taylor Bradford, definitely not her best work, would not recommend it to my friends
Published 3 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Taylor Bradford at her best
Great story! Gives you an insight in to war and trouble area journalism but still a story of love and adversity.
Published 4 months ago by Cathy
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