The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright: An absolutely unputdownable feel good novel about love, loss and taking chances

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‘Wow… I laughed out loud, I cried, I stayed up well into the night reading just a little bit more. I just loved this book so much… I really really loved this book… An absolute joy to read.’ Goodreads Reviewer

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 practise 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.

Readers are falling totally in love with The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright:

Absolutely beautiful! I finished it late last night – I knew I couldn’t stop once I started – with happy tears running down my face! Just beautiful and thought-provoking! A wonderful, heart-warming, life-affirming tale from this fantastic author. Everyone should be reading this… Outstanding. Five stars do not do this book justice… Thank you Beth Miller for this exquisite treasure of a book!’ Bestselling author Renita D’Silva ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A story that drew me in from the first pages. With tissues clutched in my hand and tears running down my face, I read this book in one sitting. A story that will stay with me.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was teary-eyedA book to truly fall in love with! I couldn’t seem to read this book fast enough. I stayed up way, way too late to finish it. There were parts that actually had me laughing out loud. I haven’t read such a warm-your-heart type of book in a very very long time. I totally recommend it.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A poignant read and an emotional one. Beautiful doesn’t do it justice. If you read just one book about life make it this one. 10 stars if I could.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Such a touching, heartfelt book; tears a few times. Couldn’t put this one down and finished it in one dayGreat, great book!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh, what an absolute gem of a book… At several points I definitely had something in my eye, and towards the end, well… All I can say is that it takes a lot for a book to simultaneously make me laugh and need to clear a lump in my throat. This one did it in spades. Highly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘A very heart-warming, emotional read. Get your tissues ready as you might need them; I certainly did.’ Goodreads Reviewer

I stayed up way too late reading this book. My 2 a.m. novel. I laughed out loud and I cried while readingI cannot wait for more novels from Beth Miller.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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5 reviews
Gaele Hi
January 24, 2020
Kay Bright has been stuck in a rut, until the letters that didn’t come and her decision to revisit all of the old ones push her to the edge. Her marriage of twenty-nine years is flat, her job is always the same. The bright spot has always been the letters from her best friend and the one who holds a never-mentioned secret. Regular as clockwork, Kay’s correspondence allows her to fully “feel’ herself with no chance of judgment – just an ear. And when the letters stop coming, she’s confused and hurt – thinking perhaps she’d missed something. Told in the perspective of Kay and her daughter Stella – the decision to walk away from the uninspired marriage without actual ‘cause’, and Kay’s own attempts to explain the why to everyone, especially her daughter Stella, gave this story a sense of ‘what if’ that I’m sure crosses everyone’s mind occasionally after the ‘honeymoon period’ dulls. What stood out more from this one was Kay’s determination to explain, and Stella’s willingness to try and understand – as both found new opportunities in a wholly different life from the one that previously existed. Miller does an excellent job of allowing the reader to travel along with Kay, get information from Stella and truly find that there isn’t one person, place or thing on which to lay the blame, but that lives are a series of choices taken and not, secrets shared or kept, and being willing and able to move toward something – even when you don’t quite know what that something is, but are sure of what it isn’t. Clever, engaging and witty – the tone of ‘what could I have done” was clear, and with or without the dramatic chucking it all in will give people an opportunity to see different ways of making a change while still holding tight to family, friends and experiences that put you into that place. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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DJ Sakata
January 11, 2020
This was my introduction to the stellar stylings of Beth Miller and I was an instant fan. Forgive my exuberance and probable abuse of exclamation marks but I reveled in this book! The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright was thoughtfully written and gently chronicled and may be best suited for those of us more mature beauties on the other side of fifty, but being on that side of the age stick I found it flawless. The writing was as profoundly insightful and perceptive as it was cleverly entertaining. I was fully engaged from page one and adored Beth Miller’s witty prose, seamless writing style, enticing and quirky characters, and ample servings of clever levity that were skillfully woven in all the way through. The storylines and writing were easy to follow and continually poked and prickled my curiosity. I was enjoying the tale so much I would have gleefully continued on for several hundred more pages. Beth Miller as a new fangirl and I have a new favorite author at the top of my list.
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