Messages from the past: A Letter from Nana Rose

Every day I journal.  I write down my thoughts and plans, my dreams and my secrets.  I have given instructions that should something happen to me, they are to be used as fuel for the fire.  They aren’t to be read.  But what if someone did read them …. We all carry our secrets and I think it helps us unburden ourselves.  The words nestle in folds of paper, resting there and they are out of our minds and our thoughts. In this masterful story, A Letter from Nana Rose by Kristin Harper, the lady herself decides to send a series of letters to her three granddaughters.  She needs to tell her story, and unburden herself.  She wants to die knowing that these three woman know the truth. Jill, and her two older sisters Brooke and Rachel all have their own demons and battles.  They come together to spend two weeks at the beach house that they have inherited, not because they want to, but because this is a requirement of the inheritance.  And they all have their own very firm ideas about what should happen to this shared windfall.

Book Description

“My darling girls. You were once so happy in this house. Now I’m gone, all I ask is that you spend one last summer here together on Dune Island. And please forgive me, your Nana, for the secret I’m about to tell you…”

Arriving at the honeysuckle-covered beach house inherited from her beloved grandmother, recently heartbroken Jill hopes to convince her two feuding sisters not to sell a place so full of happy childhood memories. But the envelope waiting on the driftwood table changes everything. In her elegant handwriting, Nana Rose promises a new letter will arrive each day of the summer revealing a family secret she took to her grave.

Shaken, Jill anxiously awaits each letter filled with Nana’s bittersweet memories of her own sister who she loved more than anyone—and lost far too young. But why did Nana never speak of this tragic loss to her grandchildren?

As the letters arrive tensions mount, the weather is horrendous and they struggle to deal with no power, which means neither showers or coffee!  Alex a handsome tree surgeon with unforgettable eyes comes to the rescue and shows Jill that there are other options in life. The letters bring the sisters closer and yet uncover more secrets than those told by Nana Rose.
The letters tell a story so shocking that despite the chance of happiness with Alex, selling the house seems the only way forward. Will Jill find a way to forge new bonds of sisterhood and save their inheritance, or will Nana Rose’s secret tear them all apart?

I really enjoyed this book, which made me think of the relationship with my own siblings. It is a really enjoyable read, I give it 4 out of five hearts – my new way of rating.
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Author Bio:

Ever since she was a young girl, there were few things Kristin liked more than creative writing and spending time on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her family. Eventually (after a succession of jobs that bored her to tears), she found a way to combine those two passions by becoming a women’s fiction author whose stories occur in oceanside settings. While Kristin doesn’t live on the Cape year-round, she escapes to the beach whenever she can.


There was a huge part of me fighting against turning anything like fifty. It happens though and there is nothing we can do to fight it. Well we can’t fight the chronology of years and minutes ticking by but we can stay fabulous. I try to be fabulous, despite having a few things I am fighting against like RA, Diabetes and Pernicious Anaemia. This blog is simply about me embracing life. Food, make-up, fashion and more. My trials and tribulations. I hope you enjoy!

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