Not since dashing to the local library to greet the publication of Frank Herbert's "Dune Messiah" back in the seventies have I been quite so excited at the publication of a new book - Fiona Walker's latest epistle, "The Love Letter". As the Title suggests, this is a work of romantic fiction - strange enthusiasm, you may say, from a male whose usual reading fare ranges from military history to mountaineering via politics! However, since the day two years ago when a large thud on the coffee table announced my Wife dumping "Lots of Love" down with the words, "You'll like this - read it!", I have been hooked on Fiona's work. I did, of course, have to fight my Wife for First read of "The Love Letter."
Three days later and at 2 o'clock in the morning, the new volume had not disappointed. Eschewing her more recent genre of the Home Counties, horses and 3-day eventing, Fiona returns, initially, to London, the scene of some of her earlier books. This time, the Heroine, Allegra "Legs" North works in the publishing industry. When her boss and sometime lover sends Allegra to the West Country and potentially into the arms of an old flame, everything kicks off. Our Heroine finds herself sharing centre stage with a renowned literary festival and the unmasking of an international sensation!
Don't expect a quick comic-book read: this book has depth, substance and a satisfying length and complexity (although, personally, I wouldn't have objected to a couple of hundred more pages!) With a nod to J. K. Rowling, characters and mysteries abound: why does Kelly make life so difficult for our Heroine? Who are Julie Ocean and the equally strange Gordon Lapis? Romping along at pace and gripping to the last page, for those who believe in the magic of love this is a must-read tale! Bring on the next one, Fiona - soon please!!.