Did you enjoy the obsessive journaling of Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Diary, the mental makeover of Reese Witherspoon in Wild, From Lost to Found, and the 'What If' cultural debacle of Gwyneth Paltrow in the 80's British-American dramedy Sliding Doors? If so, you will enjoy our story as proposed in THE LETTER DIARIES.
Our story centers on the more downs than ups of thirty-something, serial singleton Daniella Cracknell whose letters to her grandmother become the glue that holds life together much like diaries support those who journal.
When the letters are returned, a promise buried in a letter is unearthed, that only at death can the promise be fulfilled. Grandma delivers on her end, and now Daniella is left to fulfill the rest. However, the letters are from all over the place, so making sense of such an epistolary inheritance will take time.
Nonetheless, the letters have arrived at Daniella's doorstep ready to reopen and relive with a new perspective. 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. If she knew then what she knows now, would life have gone according to plan or, was this life meant all along?
“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.”
When this unsettled singleton pieces together letters with her diary entries, she starts to see what she could not see before so much so, she is moved onto a therapeutic path, taking readers on a journey through English villages and American cities where letters were mailed and received.
All the while, Daniella juggles romantic shakeups and family dysfunction that parallels her professional breakdowns, instigated by badly behaving bosses, mean girl co-workers and pink slips, along with all else that could go wrong does go wrong.
Naturally, she falls into the same television industry as her father, who earned early fame as a leading British actor on the BBC but 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. Yet, all things in love and life, and on the job as a daytime talk show publicist go awry, as if she were destined for nothing but a colossal mishap.
The letters guide the story as Daniella finds herself stuck in an 18th-century British idea of how life should go but comes of age at the end of an American 20th century. 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.
The stage is thus set for a return to the golden age of letter writing. 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.
IN TEST READ
“Cracknell emerges as a resilient, sprightly, and engaging character ... a dream read!”
—MARY, Test Reader, English Professor, Avid Book Clubber, NY—
Daniella's epistolary inheritance delivers a pleasant surprise. Grandma has not just saved her granddaughter's letters but a series of letters her daughter writes as well, which opens a window for Daniella to see familial travails through her mother's eyes. The three travel together through the written word from here, there and everywhere.
Despite all that could go wrong does go wrong, daughter, mother, and grandmother find hope in troubled times, insight amid chaos, and feel-good energy to fuel the bounce-back power of resiliency. As a result, our story is for those who desire better out of the feminine experience. Readers are invited to travel along in a refresh of their own lives, as the author restarts hers with a new perspective.
Our story comes complete with 13 drafted chapters in a series of mishaps as told through 200 real-life letters penned over a lifetime, 30 years to be exact, where 75 of the letters are featured in THE LETTER DIARIES, so stay tuned as more of our story unfolds into published form!
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