The Seven Letters is much more than a reminder of the Second World War horrors and much more than the so-called 'ripping yarn' although it is both of those. It is a very readable story that challenges readers to think more deeply about loyalties and duties, to decide the difference between right and wrong in wartime and to take a broader view of the morality of wartime living. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
What a brilliant book. I literally didn't want to put it down, but at the same time I didn't want to finish it because it was so good (If you see what I mean). Jan Harvey’s time-split style of writing and the way she weave the threads together at the end of the book are magical. I did find this novel more graphic than The Slow Death of Maxwell Carrick, for example the prologue is slightly unsettling, but gripping. Then wow! The way it returned in Claudette's story later on was genius. Highly recommended.
This book was amazing from start to finish, I loved it, the story line was brilliant it keeps you wanting to get to the next chapter to find out what is going to happen next, I found that I rushed to the end and then was sorry I had finished this amazing book, I brought this book because I enjoyed the slow death of Maxwell Carrick another book by this author, I didn’t think that she could have written another book as good, but she really has, just amazing. I would highly recommend the seven letters to anyone who wants to read a truly brilliant book.
This was a great debut novel. The characters were so real and beautifully created. Kept me up late and I'd finished it within the week which is unusual for me. I couldn't quite reconcile the two time zones though. The present one seemed a bit disjointed but the past truly came alive, I could have almost been there to experience the pain and sadness this side of the story was superb. Well done Jan, will be starting on The Slow Death of Matthew Carrick very soon.
After a few lacklustre reads, this book was a breath of fresh air that kept me riveted throughout. I couldn’t read it quick enough, I was that desperate to unravel the many threads of the complex storyline.
I’ve always found wartime Paris to have an essence of romance within the fiction world - this was just that but a whole lot grittier and showed a side of the heavily occupied city rarely discussed in history. The story is told both in modern and historical chapters and the stories weave together as the plot develops - something I have found can only be achieved well within this genre by a gifted writer.
Part of the modern day setting is based on the very village I live in in the Cotswolds, so that was a pleasant surprise and made me feel closer to the protagonists.
The writing here is incredibly vivid and I was able to paint scenes in my mind as I read. It’s a dramatic, romantic and features everything I enjoy about historical fiction, albeit based on actual events. I would recommend this to just about anyone.