The Last Letter By Kathleen Shoop! Review and Giveaway!

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?

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My Thoughts
Sometimes you must be forced to look backwards to let go of the past. Katherine must return to a time in her life that was full of successes, failures, and the harshness of pioneer life. These times that created an unyielding anger at her own mother. Her Mother, Jeanie, had a hard life, a life story Katherine is just now beginning to understand.Jeanie had to make extreme and intense decisions to ensure she and her children have a future. As Jeanie lay dying, new chapters in her story are uncovered by Katherine. Finding that last letter shed light on the circumstances that changed their lives back then. The love, trust, broken hearts, and betrayal revealed in the last letter leaves her to the realization that she really may not know her mother as she thought.
Kathleen Shoop has captured the harshness of surviving on the prairie. Her portrayal of the blizzard and the aftermath was staggering. Several times I was overwhelmed with emotion. I think you will enjoy this story, as well as the historical aspects.
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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018836-glossy-silver-icon-symbols-shapes-square-2 I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY !!

THREE Lucky Winners will each receive a $15 Amazon Giftcard, courtesy of author of The Last Letter, Kathleen Shoop

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24 Responses to The Last Letter By Kathleen Shoop! Review and Giveaway!

  1. I’m currently reading this one myself and know exactly what you mean about how Kathleen describes the harshness and natural disasters, brilliant.
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  2. That sounds like an awesome book! I am going to have to add it to my reading list.
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  3. Jessica @EatSleepBe says:

    Someone else just mentioned this book to me too. Twice in one week. It must be a good one!

  4. Dria says:

    This sounds like an awesome book something I would def read, going to add this to my list of summer reading thank you for sharing this!
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  5. lisa jones says:

    Sounds Like My Kind Of Read I Must Get Thanks For The Giveaway Too

  6. Debbie L. says:

    Sounds like a great read….added to my list of Must Read!

  7. Deanna Ritz says:

    Once again you have introduced me to another book to add to my summer reading list. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to get started. 🙂
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  8. Amanda says:

    This sounds like a great book! Off to enter the giveaway!

  9. Jennifer B says:

    This looks like a REALLY good book! Will be adding this to my list as well!
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  10. Sounds like a great summer read! Will definitely be entering the giveaway!
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  11. Michelle F. says:

    I would probably get something for my daughter.

  12. Maria Oller says:

    This book sounds great, I read something alike long long time ago and loved it , I might love this one too

  13. Liz Mays says:

    It sounds pretty powerful and full of emotion. I can’t wait to read it and see what happens.
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  14. Charity L. says:

    I have never read this author before but the book sounds interesting. If I won the giveaway, I might buy another book to add to my tbr pile:) Or maybe a gift.

  15. Vicki W says:

    This book sounds lovely! If I won a gift card I would purchase more supplies to stock up for my home. Thank you for the opportunity to win!
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  16. sounds like a great read, definitely one I would enjoy!
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  17. The author is pretty local to me!
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  18. Rebekah says:

    Sounds like a captivating read. I’m sure people can relate in one way or another to her family’s drama. Perhaps not directly – but the hurt, forgiveness, etc.
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  19. Shanna says:

    Sounds like a great book. I’ll add it to my list!
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  20. I just finished a great book about betrayal. This books sounds like the right amount of grit to keep me turning the pages.
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  21. Sounds like a good read! Thanks!

  22. Another great beach read. Now, I just need to get to the beach…lol
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  23. Debi says:

    Great list of books. I will have to check some more of them out.
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