William Woolf has a most intriguing job. He works in the lost letters department of the British post office. Using available resources, William tries to get letters that strayed to their rightful recipients. There are several moving stories in the novel in which William succeeds in this task.
William is married to Clare. They were once very happy but now are struggling. Will they stay together? How deep are the ties that bind them? Can they accept each other?
While they struggle, William becomes involved in his most engaging quest ever. He begins to find letters from the mysterious Winter, addressing her true love. William longs to know who Winter is and his search, along with her letters, form the backbone of the novel.
There were many things that I very much liked in this novel. All of the characters came to life and were well portrayed with their idiosyncrasies, faults and foibles. I loved some of the descriptions of William’s travels, especially Clovelly and Dublin. However, I confess to being a mite disappointed with what is the “big reveal.” Nonetheless, this is an engaging novel and should be a successful debut for the author.
“A love-letter to letters and a brilliantly written, moving homage to the power of words, The Lost Letters of William Woolf celebrates the magic of pen and paper.”
-Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop
“In her mesmerizing debut, one of Cullen’s many gifts is skillfully managing the voices, stories, and possibilities of the enchanting world of lost letters…. This moving treatise on love and the art of letter writing will leave readers eager for more from this very talented writer.”
-Booklist (Starred Review)
“A beautiful story celebrating life, love and letters. This is a luminous debut.”
-Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
“A heartwarming novel about love, life, and the lost art of letter writing.”
“Gorgeous. Packed full of romance and longing, the writing pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the very last page. I was sad to finish it!”
-Ali Land, bestselling author of Good Me Bad Me
“A charming romantic caper. William Woolf, a thirty-something Englishman working in the dead letters depot of London, is the latest in a tribe of unlikely heroes. Delightful.”
-Sunday Times (UK)
“If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Helen Cullen’s nostalgic debut. With its themes of love, romance and frustrated hopes, this life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there.”
“Wonderfully warmhearted and quirky.”
-Good Housekeeping (UK)
“I LOVED this book. If you want a beautifully written story of love, loss, heartache, thwarted dreams and how to negotiate relationships as they change over time, this one’s for you. A lyrical exploration of things said and unsaid, and the spaces between lives.” -Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths
“A wise, imaginative and heart-warming novel about the limits of love, the allure of new romance and the lost art of letter writing.” -Luiza Sauma, author of Flesh and Bone and Water