Did you enjoy the obsessive journaling of Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Diary, the family travails of Reese Witherspoon in Wild, From Lost to Found, and the 'what if' debacle of Gwyneth Paltrow in the 80's British-American dramedy Sliding Doors? If so, you will enjoy our story in THE LETTER DIARIES, A Memoir of Mishaps.
This new book offering centers on the more downs than ups of a thirty-something, British-American singleton whose letters to her grandmother become the glue that holds life together, much like diaries do for those who journal.
“If I knew then what I know now, would life not have gone so wrong. Or, was this life meant all along?” ponders first-time author Daniella Cracknell, who gets her life back when her letters are returned, as Grandma said they would be, after her death.
The return of the letters, an inheritance of sorts, revives a promise memorialized in a letter that only at death can the promise be fulfilled. Grandma delivers on her end and leaves her granddaughter to fulfill the rest. However, making sense of matters will take time, as the letters are from all over the place.
But here, the letters now are, at Daniella's doorstep ready to relive. Perhaps her former self will reveal patterns of discourse and provide rationale on why things she had set up to go so right had gone so wrong, not just once but many times over.
Daniella juggles romantic shakeups and family debacles that parallel her professional breakdowns. Naturally, she falls into the same television industry as her father, who earned early fame as a leading British actor on the BBC, but he lost it all due to a debilitating mental illness.
So, Daniella questions if this will be her fate, too. She has good girl qualities and supposedly did all things right. Therapists declare her as sane, at least, in all senses of the word. Yet, all things in love and life, and in her career continue to go awry.
All the while, the reopening of the letters takes Daniella on a therapeutic journey through English villages and American cities where letters were mailed and received.
The first series of letters are written and sent from an English country estate with a haunted tale of its own and dates back to the golden age of letter writing, an era made famous in many a novel by Jane Austen. In Austen's Pride & Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, a new day was not complete without the arrival of a letter or the anticipation of a reply.
THE LETTER DIARIES similarly bridge time and distance but through modern-day misfortune and with a new generation of women. The stage is thus set for a return to the golden age of letter writing. Our story comes complete with 13 chapters that delve into a box of an estimated 200 real-life letters written over a lifetime, 30 years to be exact.
An edited portion of those letters is featured and guides the story as Daniella finds herself stuck in an 18th-century idea of how life should go but comes of age at the end of the 20th century. When she pieces letters out of the box together with her own diary entries, she sees what she could not see before in a life derailed at the get-go.
Despite all that could go wrong does go wrong, Daniella finds hope in troubled times, insight amid chaos, and feel-good energy to fuel the bounce-back power of resiliency. But, does she find resolve? Find out as more of the THE LETTER DIARIES unfolds right here, right now!
“There is something pleasantly, innocently voyeuristic about reading an epistolary novel,” says Book Riot. “They give you the feeling of stumbling on a box of letters left in an attic, but there are no consequences or hurt feelings if you read them. Actually, the author prefers that you read them.”
IN TEST READ
“Cracknell emerges as a resilient, sprightly, and engaging character ... a dream read!”
—MARY, Test Reader, English Professor, Avid Book Clubber, NY—
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