Letters to the Lost

by Iona Grey

Published by : Simon & Schuster UK

Pages: 384

Genres : Historical Romance, Fiction, War



1943, in the ruins of Blitzed London…
Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them: she is newly married, and he is an American bomber pilot whose chance of survival is just one in five.

… He promised to love her forever
Seventy years later Dan makes one final attempt to find the girl he has never forgotten, and sends a letter to the house where they shared a brief yet perfect happiness. But Stella has gone, and the letter is opened by Jess, a young girl hiding from problems of her own. And as Jess reads Dan’s words, she is captivated by the story of a love affair that burned so bright and dimmed too soon. Can she help Dan find Stella before it is too late?

Now forever is finally running out.

When I was in Scotland, I came across a museum that had displayed letters from the war. I gazed at it for a while and wonder what the love behind it represented? It was just a simple letter; yet it impacted someone’s life. A life that could have been broken or forgotten. I wonder did he love her. I wonder if it was mutual. Did they survive the horrible ordeal of the time, or become nothing but a memory. I watched the letter for a while and wish I could touch it. Be able to feel the vibration of the surroundings when he had written the letter. I can be transformed into their story. Somehow be able to have just a slither of opportunity to be in their undoubtedly true love. Unfortunately, I could not. As much as my imagination ran its course, this letter will only be between these two individuals. Unless you had discovered it first.

Letters to the Lost, had tattooed my heart with a desire like no other. It’s a story of heartache and separation, but driven with passion and adventure. Iona Grey left me breathless with how powerful the message was about these two stories intertwine by just by a letter. A love that can’t be lost—only relived.


Dan, an air force pilot back in WW2, had live his life only to be wishing he had the one person he loved dearly. Over seventy years, he cherished the memories of this one woman, who he finally needed to reach out because time was slipping away from him. So what was the best way to reach for her? Well just a simple letter.

The letter wasn’t discovered by her, but by a young woman name Jess who happen to take shuttle in a house that wasn’t hers. She was running away from her abusive boyfriend. She had too because she had nothing under her name. No money or people to help her. Jess had stumble across an empty house on a street. No one lived there, anymore. Somehow, this home will transform her life.

She had noticed a letter was delivered. As she opened it, her life was altered into the love between Dan & Stella—the woman that has left a hole in his heart for seventy years. Somehow, their love allowed Jess to take this opportunity to deliver the message and to embrace a new path for her.

The book takes you through past and present; letting you experience the world through the vivid description of Grey’s writing. The conversations, the atmosphere—it all felt organic. As if you walked right onto the streets of London, seeing these two individuals living.

“I’ll be seeing you…”

When it came to the final piece, the ending, it left a chill through my body. My smile hurt as it stretched across my face. Tears fell down my skin, and it felt like I finally found closure to a letter I had a chance to see. A letter that somehow managed to take over my mind, because of the addiction of the unknown. That was for Jess. She learned so many things, that even though it may have been a love story—it helped her see the beauty that surround her.  It’s incredible that even all this time, you still love someone. You’d think they’d move on–but who really does?

I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a love that can never die, even if there is many odds against them. A perfect song that tided this story in such a memorable way was “Heroes” by David Bowie.

Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time, just for one day.