Today is my turn on the blog tour for ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ by Helen Cullen. Huge thanks to Katie Ashworth for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . .
Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.
When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning.
Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn’t know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?
William must follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.
What does TWG think?
Can I just say how amazing the cover of this book is?! Look at it! I choose books to read based on the cover/title/author, and I have to say that this is one of the best covers I have had the pleasure of holding in my hands so far this year!
‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ had me feeling intrigued from the very beginning as I had no idea where the storyline was going to lead, and what with such colourful and diverse main characters, I couldn’t help but feel that I was going to be in for a bumpy ride.
I don’t know what I expected to happen in ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’, but what actually happened couldn’t have been further from my mind. The overall premise was enchanting and delightful, and I really did appreciate what the author was trying to convey with her words that were clearly written from the heart, however I didn’t quite get…..IT. It’s probably just me, but I seemed to miss the hook in the book as I couldn’t quite work out what William and Clare were trying to achieve. Well, I understood that they were trying to patch up their relationship, but as both of them seemed to make decisions which made that patching up incredibly slow, I had to have more of an open mind to try to understand why William took the route that he did.
Maybe it’s because a lot of the storyline was written from the characters sub conscience as opposed to mainly communication between them both, I don’t know, but even though my mind took a while to work out the storyline, there was still a part of me that ended up being swept up in the moment of ‘what ifs’, ‘could be’s’ and true love.
Helen Cullen is an exceptionally talented author who, even though I struggled to understand the novel, still allowed me to grasp the emotions of the characters with her enchanting and delightful way of writing. Yes, ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ is a completely different style of book that I would usually read, I am so pleased that I was able to get to know William, Clare, and the writers of such tender letters. Unique, emotive, and highly enchanting, understand it or not, ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ will get under your skin.