- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Lutino Publications (14 Feb. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0995742103
- ISBN-13: 978-0995742109
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Letters to Eloise Paperback – 14 Feb 2017
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About the Author
Letters to Eloise
"This book is funny, witty, and emotional, with an ending I didn't see coming right until the last few pages. It really gave me a lump in my throat." Amazon review.
Letters to Eloise is the heart-wrenching debut epistolary novel by Emily Williams; a love story of misunderstandings, loss, and betrayal but ultimately the incredible bond between mother and child.
‘Receiving a hand written letter is something that always puts a smile on my face, no matter who the sender is.’ Flora Tierney.
When post-graduate student Flora falls unexpectedly pregnant during her final year studies she hits a huge predicament; continue a recent affair with her handsome but mysterious lecturer who dazzles her with love letters taken from the ancient tale of ‘Abelard and Heloise’, or chase after the past with her estranged first love? But will either man be there to support her during the turmoil ahead?
‘Banish me, therefore, for ever from your heart’, Abelard to Heloise.
Emily Williams lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a large menagerie of small pets. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school. Letters to Eloise is her debut novel. Her second novel, a psychological thriller, will be released later this year.
"This book was a complete emotional rollercoaster. I just ... aarrghh! Words cannot explain how much I loved this book." Goodreads reviewer.
"A truly heart warming and fantastically written book, which definitely deserves 5 stars!" Goodreads reviewer.
This book is not only beautifully written but beautifully presented, with the attention to detail given that makes you feel that you're actually reading Flora's heart felt letters; I would recommend." Goodreads reviewer.
"As good as any Cecelia Ahern love story but with the emotions of an Amanda Prowse or Jojo Moyes romance. Just fantastic." Goodreads review.
"Bloomin heck I wasn't expecting such an emotional punch from this book." Goodreads reviewer.
"This debut novel by Emily Williams is snapping at the heels of other love stories and is as good as any Cecelia Ahern." Goodreads reviewer.
Top Customer Reviews
It was bloody brilliant.
When Flora falls unexpectedly pregnant during her final year studies, she hits a huge predicament; continue a recent affair with her handsome but mysterious lecturer who dazzles her with love letters taken from the ancient tale of ‘Abelard and Heloise', or chase after the past with her estranged first love?
But will either man be there to support her during the turmoil ahead...?
This book was a complete emotional rollercoaster. I just... aarrghh! Words cannot explain how much I loved this book. I loved it so much that the second that I had finished it, I genuinely emailed Emily Williams and told her so.
I loved the letter format of the book (think Perks of Being a Wallflower) and how every day, Flora writes a letter to her unborn child about the circumstances that led up to her being conceived. We learn about Flora's relationships, her friendships, and her troubles. The thing that hit home for me was that Flora was in university - albeit her last year, where I am in my first - and I just kept comparing myself to her. Would I be as strong as she was if I suddenly got pregnant? Would I be able to manage? I would like to think so.
Flora is such a strong character that always tries to do right by everybody. I loved her friendships with Brian and Brooke and even though Brooke could be a real pain sometimes and do things that angered me so much, I know that she only had Flora's best interests at heart and that she was looking out for her best friend.
“Mistakes happen and life is full of twists and turns, but you mustn’t let any set backs hold you back from moving forward.Read more ›
Flora unlucky in love, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and being on her own she writes letters to her unborn child explaining how shes feeling and whats going on in her life with notes to her baby.
Just when we think poor Flora will be lucky and get her happy ever after all is not as it seems and we are hit with a devastating shock of a bombshell.
A truely heart warming and fantastically written book which definitely deserves 5 stars!
Sometimes frustrating, almost always heart wrenching, the book has a ring of authenticity that you are reading someone's deeply personal real life story here.
The ending devastated me, so beware, but I'm sure you'll be caught up in what happens along the way.
Everyone loves getting a letter. There is nothing more personal, more thoughtful or more exciting than receiving a letter unexpectedly through the post which is overspills with news, feelings, thoughts and ramblings. Writing letters is something I have so little time for these days but as the main character of this novel points out, receiving one will always put a smile on your face.
So what could be more special than reading letters written by your mother to you while you were safely tucked away inside her tummy, smaller than a peanut? This is exactly what Flora sets out to do:
"I've never been one to write a diary, the daily goings on in people's lives are usually so mundane.....writing to you is an easier way of getting those thoughts out and one day you may find your mother's withering vaguely interesting or at least amusing, or neither, whatever suits you."
This is a lovely premise for a book. Each entry starts with an update of the number of weeks old the baby is and what is happening to it followed by a quip or short remark from Flora. The rest of the chapter is written as a letter to the bump which later becomes known as Eloise. It may sound a little saccharine or schmaltzy but actually Flora's letters are honest, open and much more about the complicated relationships she finds herself embroiled in with two men than fluffy musings about her impending parenthood.
Flora is a university student and her letters reflect her youth, inexperience, fears, anxieties and catalogue her attempts to navigate her way through the new and unexpected situation she finds herself in.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this heart breaking novel. Definitely an author to watch out for. This novel was excellent, the characters, especially Brooke, were witty, well developed, and the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by INGER NEEDHAM
A lovely story and a great read too, had me hooked! Cant wait for the next release by Emily!Published 7 days ago by Craig R.
Letters to Eloise is beautifully written story about a young mother and her unborn child. The author's realistic approach to this story made it a page-turner. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book, it was an emotional rollercoaster that was jam packed full of the side effects of pregnancy with a underlying plot twist – which I absolutely LOVED. Read morePublished 20 days ago by charlie
A lovely read. Didn't want to put it down. Ending unpredictable and very moving. Have recommended it to friends. Looking forward to the next book.Published 21 days ago
Fab book - a real page turner with an unexpected ending which stays work you long after finishing.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Right from the blurb I knew I would love this! Being a recent graduate myself, I knew I would connect to the stresses this character Flora may be facing in her 3rd and final uni... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Charlotte Donovan
Letters to Eloise is a simple yet captivating, heart-wrenching story that follows Flora, a post-graduate student who has found herself newly pregnant. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Charlotte @ Bookmarks and Blogging