The Lost Letters of Evelyn Wright, a review by Shelley

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Clare Swatman

Boldwood Books
February 15th, 2024
357 Pages

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I have loved every other book by Clare Swatman. How to Save a Life was a five star read for me and everything else from The World Outside My Window to A Love to Last a Lifetime were a solid four stars. But The Lost Letters of Evelyn Wright left me wanting. I couldn’t stand the main character Beth, she was selfish where her children were concerned and childish when it came to her ex and his new girlfriend. I get it, she was cheated on and that really hurts and makes a person angry but for the love of god by the time the divorce is final, you’ve gotten your share of the money, bought a house and custody arrangements are made it’s time to get over it and move on. All she did was wallow in self pity and that isn’t good for the kids. And don’t get me started with her lusting after a married man when that’s how her marriage ended. And her giving out advice when she isn’t even remotely qualified, that’s rich!

I really wish this focused more on Evelyn Wright/Lois and her daughter Catherine. Yes, it does eventually get there but it took too long for my liking, I was ready to DNF this one but I was halfway through so continued, what a mistake that was. I should take my own advice and not worry about finishing books I am not enjoying. Needless to say (but I am going to anyway) I was really disappointed with this one. It didn’t have the magic that the author’s other books have. Swatman usually comes through making the ordinary extraordinary and I recommend all her other books, this one just made me angry.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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