The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn. (2019).
**5 out of 5 stars**
1951: Esther, a young mother, is committed to an isolated mental asylum by her husband. It is at first her prison but then becomes her refuge.
2018: Rachel, a free-spirited marine scientist, discovers a collection of hidden love letters and is determined to track down the intended recipient.
Also in 2018, Eve is helping her grandmother, a renowned mountaineer, write her memoirs. When Rachel contacts her, secret kept buried for more than sixty years resurface….
This truly is a beautiful book. I was really absorbed by the story and found it to be an easy read that I didn’t want to put down. The plot is primarily from Esther and Rachel’s point of views with a few chapters relating to Eve and her grandmother. I particularly enjoyed both Esther and Rachel’s respective stories and admired their courage. The book is at times quite sad but also very moving and ends on a positive note rather than a heartbreaking one so that was a lovely finish. I recently read and greatly enjoyed the author’s previous historical fiction novel (The Botanist’s Daughter) and I think the author has definitely cemented her talent in this genre with this fabulous new book. I certainly look forward to seeing what’s next from author and would happily recommend this novel!