Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world famous photojournalist--even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only thing that helps Juliet cope. Declan Murphy is the sort of guy you wouldn't want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service doing landscaping at the local cemetery, he is holding inside ghosts of his own past. When Declan finds a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist the urge to write back.
Soon, he is sharing his pain with a perfect stranger and somehow he feels like he might be helping her too. Except they're not strangers, and when real life interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
Two people who have lost so much in their lives accidently find each other, when a letter Juliet leaves on her mother’s grave is read by Declan, who is mowing the cemetery lawns as a part of his community based order.
They develop an enthralling relationship as their letters continue, and even when they discover who the other person is and how different their worlds are, that don’t want to lose what they have.
This is an exceptional novel, written by the author of the hugely successful Elemental series, that delves deeply into the psyche of two troubled teens as they uncover secrets from their past and learn to cope in their emerging new lives, and move towards a possibly positive future.
I found this riveting, and highly recommend it to readers 15 and older. As is often the case, the cover may lead it to appeal to a more female audience, but that will be a shame.
Reviewed by Rob