You’ve met Mrs. Bright. She’s that nice woman who lives three doors down and always smiles at you in the mornings. She’s planning her thirtieth wedding anniversary with her husband. She wants to travel, read endless books and take beautiful pictures. She’s been waiting for this forever.
For the past twenty-nine years, Kay Bright’s days have had a familiar rhythm: she works in her husband’s stationery shop, cooks for her family, tries to remember to practice yoga, and every other month she writes to her best friend, Ursula, and Ursula replies. Kay could set her calendar by their letters: her heart lifts when the blue airmail envelope, addressed in Ursula’s slanting handwriting, falls gently onto the mat.
Ursula is the only one who knows Kay’s deepest secret, something that happened decades ago that could tear Kay’s life apart today. Ursula has always been the person Kay relies on. Knowing she will hear from Ursula is like being sure the sun will rise tomorrow.
And now Ursula has stopped writing. Three missing letters doesn’t sound like a lot, but Kay gets out her shoebox of notes from her best friend, in case there’s something that she overlooked. Ursula seems fine, but the further back she goes, the more Kay begins to question every choice she has made in her life. Which might be why, at ten o’clock one morning, Kay walks out of her yellow front door with just a rucksack, leaving her wedding ring on the table…
If you are looking for a heart-warming novel about the importance of friendship, family, and living life to the fullest, then I highly recommend that you read The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright by Beth Miller. It truly is a lovely book.
“The whole world is so beautiful… I wish I had realised that before.” – Beth Miller, The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright
The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright will tug at your heart-strings. I have never read any other works by Beth Miller, but I definitely will in the future. She understands how to write characters that you will care about. I was pulled into Kay and her daughter Stella’s world, and found myself captivated by these wonderful characters. They have their faults, as everyone does, but I can honestly say that I loved these characters.
“We only have one go around this planet, don’t we, and it’s up to us to make it what we want it to be. But friends, good friends… can help us to make those things happen.” – Beth Miller, the Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright
While I enjoyed The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright, I am not sure I agree with the comparison with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (which is still one of the best books I’ve ever read). It is a lofty comparison to make, and unfortunately The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright is not quite there. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is one of those books that has stuck with me since I read it, and I’m not sure I can say the same of The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright. That being said, it is still an excellent book, and those who enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant will likely still enjoy it, but please don’t expect them to be similar.
Beth Miller has written six books – four novels and two non-fiction works. She worked in a number of occupations before becoming a writer.
The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright is a delightful, heart-warming novel. It is one of those books that you won’t want to put down until you finish.
My rating: ★★★★☆
Amazon (US): here
Amazon (UK): here