Posted in 2018, Contemporary Fiction, elizabeth noble, literary fiction, NetGalley, Novel, Review Copy

Letters to Iris by Elizabeth Noble

Tess has a secret – one which is going to turn her life upside down in just nine months’ time.

The only person she can confide in is her beloved grandmother. But Iris is slipping further away each day.

Then chance brings a stranger into Tess’s life.

Gigi’s heart goes out to Tess, knowing what it’s like to feel alone. She’s determined to show her that there’s a silver lining to every cloud.

As their unlikely friendship blossoms, Tess feels inspired to open up.

But something still holds her back – until she discovers Iris has a secret of her own. A suitcase of letters from another time, the missing pieces of a life she never shared.

Could the letters holdthe answers that Tess thought lost for ever?


[Mornings like this morning were Iris’s favouritekind]


(Penguin,5 April 2018, ebook, 474 pages, copy from the publisher via NetGalley andvoluntarily reviewed)




I had high hopes for this novel after reading a fewof the author’s previous novels and I wasn’t disappointed. This is abeautifully written, touching novel that made my insides ache. The charactersare well written and I fell a little in love with them all. Tess is a greatcharacter, strong, a little feisty, yet vulnerable as well, especially when herboyfriend Sean is brutally honest about his plans for their future and the factthe baby she’s carrying is not part of it. Iris, Tess’s grandmother hasdementia. The author writes about her will kindness and consideration. Mygrandmother had dementia and Iris reminded me a lot of her. I was completelyabsorbed in this book, in the character and the world they inhabited. Lettersto Iris was a delight.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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