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Sunday, May 15, 2016

#21 - The Letter - Richard Paul Evans

Title:  The Letter
Author:  Richard Paul Evans
Genre:  Fiction
Rating:  B
Published:  1997
Dates:   4/30/16 – 5/14/16
Pages:  331

The Letter is third in The Christmas Box Collection.  It continues the story of David and Mary Anne Parkin following the tragic death of their three year old daughter, Andrea.  The year now is 1933, deep in recession times.  David’s business continues.  He employs whites and Negroes alike.  Yet time continues to starve the hungry and freeze the scantily dressed and pray heavily upon both David and Mary Anne as they continue to grieve their daughter’s death.  In utter despair that David’s love for her has all but disappeared, Mary Anne flees to England to attend her brother’s wedding.   

The Letter could refer to a number of letters described in the story.  One letter is found by David at the grave of their daughter, presumably written by David’s mother.  Another letter Mary Anne hands to Catherine, their housekeeper, to give to David before Mary Anne leaves him.  The third, David learns about when he travels to Chicago to satisfy his need to find his mother who abandoned him when he was a child.  As they face love’s greatest challenge alone and together, will David and Mary Anne find its truest meaning before its too late?

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