THE FORGOTTEN LETTERS of ESTHER DURRANT by Kayte Nunn – Spotlight & Giveaway



In Kayte Nunn’s new novel, THE FORGOTTEN LETTERS of ESTHER DURRANT (WilliamMorrow), a cache of unsent love letters from the 1950s are found in a suitcase on a remote island. And from there, unravels a mysterious love story.

1951. Esther Durrant, a young mother, is committed to an isolated mental asylum by her husband. Run by a pioneering psychiatrist, the hospital is at first Esther’s prison but soon surprisingly becomes her refuge.

2018. Free-spirited marine scientist Rachel Parker embarks on a research posting in the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornish coast. When a violent storm forces her to take shelter on a far-flung island, she discovers a collection of hidden love letters. Captivated by their passion and tenderness, Rachel determines to track down the intended recipient. But she has no idea of the far-reaching consequences her decision will bring.

Meanwhile, in London, Eve is helping her grandmother, a renowned mountaineer, write her memoirs. When she is contacted by Rachel, it sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to reveal secrets kept buried for more than sixty years.

With an arresting dual narrative that immediately captivates the reader, The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant is an inspirational story of the sacrifices made for love.

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I believe that stories circulate in the ether and if you are receptive, they will tap you on the shoulder and start whispering in your ear. The writer’s job is then to do the story justice.

I now live in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia and am also a mother to two girls. When not writing, reading or ferrying them around I can be found in the kitchen, procrasti-baking.

I love nothing more than a generous slice of warm cake, a cup of tea, a comfortable place to sit and a good book to read!

Thanks to William Morrow we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us of you’ve ever discovered some old letters that were really interesting. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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59 thoughts on “THE FORGOTTEN LETTERS of ESTHER DURRANT by Kayte Nunn – Spotlight & Giveaway

  1. Haven’t ever discovered old hidden letters like that but reading old postcards is always fascinating. Sounds like a great story.

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  2. I haven’t discovered any old letters. I do love stories involving old letters. This book is definitely on my want to read book list.

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  3. After my dad passed away several years ago my sister discovered love letters that our Dad wrote to our mom while he served in Korea. My sister and I cried and cried.

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  4. The only old letters I have ever found were my own to my HS sweetheart after he left for the service! Thank heaven my hubby never found them 😱

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  5. I recently found a box of letters sent by a childhood friend after I moved from Pennsylvania to New Jersey about 25 years ago! We communicated through letters for a couple years until we were old enough to start calling each other on the phone

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  6. Thanks for this captivating novel. What a beautiful story. I have discovered letters as my late mother was a correspondent to many relatives for years way before there was any other way to communicate. I treasure the letters as they are wonderful.

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  7. I’ve never discovered any but I have a box saved from a guy i used to date. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book!

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  8. While clearing out my parents’ house after they had passed, I found a box of letters they had written to one another during their courtship.

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  9. I recall finding all the letters and cards etc. My husband sent to me over 6 years knowing each other and going to college being away from each diff times. It was interesting reading them again after so many years passed. However right now I don’t recall where they are!!

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  10. I have not discovered any old letters, but I recall my mother telling of finding letters that her parents exchanged during their courtship. My grandma had kept them for over 65 years.

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  11. Haven’t found any old letters but I do have in my possession all the letters my Mom wrote my Dad during WWII. I treasure these.

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  12. My husband was driving on some back roads about 20 years ago. He found letters that were written during World War II. There were two brothers in the service. We also found family photos. Their last name was Delaney. We were so curious that we even found where they were buried along with their parents. One of the sons died during the war. We tried to locate living relatives without any luck. Even the small details were interesting. They talked about how they missed the fresh vegetables from the garden. They were excited about coming home. Thankfully my husband found them before they were rained on. Sadly someone dumped them alongside the road with trash.

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  13. I found old letters from my childhood best friend. I was cleaning out my closet, and the 35 year old letters were in a bag with some mementos I had saved!

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  14. Yes 😂 I discovered my mother and father’s love letters when I was young. It was so exciting and embarrassing at the same time…. 🙃😉

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  15. I haven’t found any old letters but I did tape an interview with each of my parents 20 years ago. I haven’t been able to listen to them but my children/ grandchildren will be intrigued.

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  16. Postcards from my uncle when he was in the service. Postcards from my grandma when she went to Belgium. I love reading about old letters. Thank you for the chance

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  17. My sister sent me a couple of letters that my husband ( then boyfriend) had written me some 50 years ago.
    Apparently, my parents had intercepted MY mail and never told me. 🤷‍♀️

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  18. My mom and dad both passed a few years ago and within a year or so of each other. While going through some of their things, my sister ran across a couple letters that my dad had written to my mom shortly after they met. She was reading them to us and we were shocked because we had never even known him to write a letter before. It was just so strange to listen to these letters he wrote to her. They weren’t necessarily love letters, but more love letters than anything else I guess. Just so warming to read something like that!

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  19. i have never discover old letters but I had a friend who did and she would share them on Facebook with her friends and they were very interesting. Thanks for the chance at this amazing book.

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  20. There were some old letters in my parents things after they passed. Sadly they disappeared before I had a chance to read any of them. I’ll always wonder…

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  21. No, I have never found any old letters, but I would think that something like this like what your book is about would really be interesting! Your book sounds very intriguing and like a very good page turner! I really love the cover! Thank you for sharing about it.

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  22. I haven’t discovered any, but I do have my mom and dads letter from when they were 15 yrs old and dating. I haven’t read through them yet

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  23. I didn’t actually discover them but when my sister-in-law and I were cleaning out my mother-in-law’s things she found some old letters that were very eye opening. We were kind of sorry she found them.

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  24. I’ve never discovered any old letters but I always kind of hope that I’ll find some when my parents pass away. Old letters are a really unusually wonderful way to think of someone once they pass. Thank you for being on this tour. ❤ Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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  25. I work in a library, and once found a very sad breakup letter in a book. I read it, although that made me feel guilty, it seemed like the couple both had spouses and they communicated through letters left in this particular book, and this letter I found was so sad, as the writer was breaking it off. I left it in the book.


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