Thursday, January 9, 2020

BLOG TOUR - The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright by Beth Miller.


Sometimes it takes losing something to see where you truly belong.

For the past twenty-nine years, Kay Bright’s days have had a familiar rhythm: she works in her husband’s stationery shop hoping to finally sell the legendary gold pen, cooks for her family, tries to remember to practice yoga, and every other month she writes to her best friend, Ursula. Kay could set her calendar by their letters: her heart lifts when the blue airmail envelope, addressed in Ursula’s slanting handwriting, falls gently onto the mat.

But now Ursula has stopped writing and everything is a little bit worse.

Ursula is the only one who knows Kay’s deepest secret, something that happened decades ago that could tear Kay’s life apart today. She has always been the person Kay relies on.

Worried, Kay gets out her shoebox of Ursula’s letters and as she reads, her unease starts to grow. And then at ten o’clock in the morning, Kay walks out of her yellow front door with just a rucksack, leaving her wedding ring on the table...

This emotional and heart-warming novel is for anyone who knows it’s never too late to look for happiness. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, A Man Called Ove and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will fall in love with this feel-good and moving story that shows you that the best friendships truly last forever.


Title:   The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright
Author:  Beth Miller
Genre:   Literary Fiction; Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   327
Date of Publication:   January 9, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars

The letters from her best friend Ursula arrived like clockwork. Actually, Kay Bright's life was the same - day in, day out. All of a sudden, the letters have stopped. This is exactly the catalyst Kay needed to take a hold of her life.  She informs her husband Richard that she is leaving, and she does just that. Her husband is shocked and panics. 

Simply put, Kay does not care. Her husband stopped paying attention and she has stopped caring. She takes a very long flight and is now in Australia, having traveled for hours and hours - plenty of time for her to feel confident in her decision. Richard and their daughter Stella are both shocked with Kay's decision. This is especially so because it becomes clear that Kay's concern over the missing letters is only part of why she left.

Not only is Kay's relationship with Ursula examined, but that of Kay and Stella as well. I was rooting for Kay all the while I patiently waited for a reason as to why Ursula stopped writing.

This warm story by Beth Miller is touching and often heartbreaking. However, it is also one born of lifelong friendship and that of a woman taking hold of her own life. This takes what could be a tragic novel into one of hope and starting over. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


I have been told that I write like a tall blonde, so that's how I'd like you to picture me.

I've published three novels, with one more about to be born, in January 2020. I've also published two non-fiction books. I work as a book coach and creative writing tutor.

Before writing books, I did a lot of different jobs. I worked in schools, shops, offices, hospitals, students' unions, basements, from home, in my car, and up a tree. OK, not up a tree. I've been a sexual health trainer, a journalist, a psychology lecturer, a PhD student, a lousy alcohol counsellor, and an inept audio-typist. I sold pens, bread, and condoms. Not in the same shop. I taught parents how to tell if their teenagers are taking drugs (clue: they act like teenagers), and taught teenagers how to put on condoms (clue: there won't really be a cucumber). I taught rabbis how to tell if their teenagers are druggedly putting condoms on cucumbers.

Throughout this, I always wrote, and always drank a lot of tea. I'm now pretty much unbeatable at drinking tea.

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  1. This book sounds like one I would like. Great review!

  2. This sounds really lovely. I love stories where women decide to take hold of their destiny.

  3. Looks interesting. Thanks for sharing

  4. I'm currently reading and enjoying this one

  5. Amazing review Robin, now I am really intrigued about this book after reading your review. This book looks and sounds like an fantastic book and right up my alley as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.