Title: The Lost Letters of William Woolf
Author: Helen Cullen
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest 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.
First of all, I didn’t know Dead Letters Depot was a thing, but sign me up! William Woolf works in this department of the post office and his job is to accurately locate exactly where these mysterious letters of packages were meant to go.
In the midst of his marriage decaying, William stumbles upon love letters written by this lady named Winter. However, Winter hasn’t met the man who these letters are intended for. With his own marriage crumbling, William finds himself striving to know more about this Winter girl. He becomes so wrapped up in finding Winter that he completely disregards his wife in the process.
This was a bit hard for me to read for multiple reasons. First, William is emotionally cheating on his wife by being so interested in Winter and wanting to meet her, almost fantasizing about a life with her. Second, too much of the story is focused on William and Clare’s relationship versus the actual letters. It would’ve been nice to hear about a few other stories. And lastly, isn’t it illegal to open mail?! All you need is listed on the front of the package or letter, not inside!
The beginning of the novel was extremely slow and the ending was entirely rushed. So much so, that I actually found myself confused since it was left open-ended. It left me feeling sad versus joyful, especially being a hopeless romantic and believing that you should never give up on a marriage.
Readers who enjoy second chances, lost communication, and the pursuit of love will enjoy this novel.