The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Release Blitz & Review for Lesley Jones "The Letters (Carnage 3.5)."
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1KNGcKU
It's just a box of letters, right?
Words that were written a long time ago.
From a boy to the girl that he missed. From a man to the woman he loved.
But what if those words carried more impact than anyone realised?
Will they finally give Georgia the closure she needs and lessen the guilt she battles every day?
Or will everything she thought she knew about the boy and man who wrote them and the life they shared be forever altered?
All will be revealed in The Letters.
A story about life, love, and acceptance.
It's not very often I read a series that affects me as deeply as Lesley Jones' "Carnage" did. Georgia Rae's story is one that has stayed with me from the minute I turned the first page, reading about a girl who (at the tender age of eleven) crossed paths with the boy she would spend her whole life loving as she swung upside down on the monkey bars showing her knickers to the world!!! lol. Even now when I remember certain parts of the story, I'll find myself either smiling like a cheshire cat or a lump will form in my throat. In fact, there are certain quotes from the series that (if I think about too much) have the power to reduce me to tears. Yup, this was one hell of a story and the characters, well over the course of the three books, they became my family. I laughed with them, I hurt for them and I felt their loss when tragedy struck. Would I change any of it for the world? Hell no!!! However, despite reading all three full length novels, I still felt that I hadn't quite got closure on certain elements of the Georgia Rae's story. For me, there were still loose ends that needed tying up. There were still secrets that remained locked away. So when Lesley Jones announced we'd be getting a novella entitled "The Letters," I was hoping I would finally be able to close the door on this amazing story and let the characters bask in their HEA in peace and without the prying eyes of us nosey readers.
If it weren't for the permanent pain, this continuous ache I have in my chest,
I'd be numb. I'd have nothing else right now.
So, I read "The Letters" the minute it landed on my kindle and what can I say? I'm a wreck... again!!! How did this author manage to fit so much into so few pages without it feeling rushed or crammed? How did she manage to elicit so many feelings from me? I honestly wasn't expecting to be assaulted by so many emotions... not all of them good either. This was about Sean's letters, of course it was but I got so much more than I bargained for. This was also about Cam and Gia and the kids. It was about Marley and Jimmy and the rest of the gang. This final instalment definitely opened up old wounds. It unearthed secrets that should have remained buried and forced the demons from the past to rear their ugly heads, forcing the pain and hurt from years gone by to resurface with a vengeance.
My heart races as I read. I switch from totally understanding the bloke's heartbreak
to wanting to smash his fucking face in.
I got glimpses into the past from different POV. I fell in love with characters all over again. My feelings for others were definitely tested and guilt.. I think that was one thing I really wasn't expecting to feel. I had never been "Team Cam" and although I did eventually fall in love with him, my heart had always been with Sean. Stepping back in time and getting this man's POV really was an eye opener and the guilt that consumed me for how I'd felt about it was unnerving. This was a man who had laid down his heart at Gia's feet. He had handed his soul over to her on a platter. He had sacrificed his feelings and emotions just so he could have the girl but at the time, I just couldn't see through my own rose tinted "Sean" glasses that actually, he was a good man, the right man even.
"Ladies, his King Dick has ruined my Mildred.
I'm not letting it ruin my arse as well."
This really was the perfect way to end this amazing series. The writing was beautiful and the letters... wow, each and every one left me speechless. I'm so glad I finally got the closure I needed and I'm so glad the characters did too. It wasn't an easy ride to get there that's for sure and there were times I wondered whether a HEA was ever truly going to be possible for the characters. But we got there. Through blood, sweat and tears we got there and now, well now I'm a little lost. If you haven't read this series, it's a must. If you're thinking about clicking, bite the bullet and do it. Honestly, you won't be disappointed.
We'd taken a long and winding road, with unimaginable loss and heartbreak
along the way, to get to each other, but we got here.
I rated "The Letters" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Lesley Jones Biography
Lesley was born and grew up in Essex, just outside of London, England but moved with her family to Australia in 2006 and now lives close to the city of Melbourne. As well as writing, Lesley is an avid reader and also enjoys watching a game of football- the round ball version- while sipping on a glass of wine, during her down time. Despite now living in Australia, she is still an Essex girl at heart and remains partial to her waxing, tinting, sculpting and shellac routines. Lesley is a huge fan of social media and can often be found chatting to her readers in her various groups. She is a sucker for a reality TV show, with TOWIE being her obvious favourite.