Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Last Letter Review & Giveaway

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A Father’s Deceit

A Husband’s Betrayal

A Loved One’s Death

A Mother’s Choice

A Daughter’s Resentment

A Time to Forgive

For every daughter who thinks she knows her mother’s story…

Katherine wouldn’t have believed it if she hadn’t found the last letter…

Katherine Arthur’s dying mother arrives on her doorstep, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie’s husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty — a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death.

Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine’s world apart. Now, seventeen years later, Katherine has found the truth — she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it’s too late?


Wow!!  This one left me crying.  Mother/daughter relationships are hard in the best of circumstances but add in life altering disastrous events and these relationships can become extremely strained or broken.  Kathleen Shoop has done a wonderful job of bringing this mother/daughter relationship to life.  You will go from one character to another feeling empathy for them and wondering how they will survive.

You will be pulled into this story and will barely be able to hold yourself back from yelling at the book asking for the whole story.  Even those in the story, never learn the full truth until the end of the book.  I can not even imagine the hardships that Jeanie, the mother, goes through.  I really don't want to say too much about this book because I'm afraid of giving away too much of the story.  Just know that you will love this book, and remember that not everything is as it appears.

I give this book 5 stars.  It is a story that will pull at your emotions.  People of all ages will enjoy this book.  As with any book, parents may want to read this one before letting their children read it.  There are some circumstances that children/teens may have difficulties with.  The book does not hold back on some of the difficulties of pioneering.

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About the Author

A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen's debut novel, The Last Letter was garnered multiple awards in 2011.  Her second novel, After the Fog (Silver IPPY), was a category finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her third novel, Love and Other Subjects, earned a Silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. Recently, Kathleen has released the her first romance novella, Home Again (Book One). Book Two, a novel-length work in the Endless Love series called Return to Love, will be released in May, 2014.

Books Two and Three in the historical fiction series that started with The Last Letter are nearly complete and should be released by fall, 2014.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


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  1. This is a book that I will absolutely cherish, one of my favorites xx

  2. Thank you so very much for reading, Kelli! I'm just awed and excited that you found The Last Letter moving. Your words straight to my heart!!