The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis @EmilyGunnis @headlinepg @annecater #blogtour #RandomThingsTours

Delighted to host a stop on the blog tour for The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis today! My thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invitation to join and to the publisher for my review copy.


Author : Emily Gunnis
Title : The Girl in the Letter
Pages : 384
Publisher : Headline
Publication date : August 1, 2018


In the winter of 1956 pregnant young Ivy is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a home for unmarried mothers in the south of England, run by nuns, to have her child. Her baby daughter is adopted. Ivy will never leave.

Sixty years later, journalist Samantha stumbles upon a series of letters from Ivy to her lover, pleading with him to rescue her from St Margaret’s before it is too late. As Sam pieces together Ivy’s tragic story, terrible secrets about St Margaret’s dark past begin to emerge. What happened to Ivy, to her baby, and to the hundreds of children born in the home? What links a number of mysterious, sudden deaths in the area? And why are those who once worked at St Margaret’s so keen that the truth should never be told? As Sam unpicks the sinister web of lies surrounding St Margaret’s, she also looks deep within – to confront some unwelcome truths of her own…


Wow! The Girl in the Letter has left me rather speechless and let me tell you that doesn’t happen very often. I feel quite lost for words and slightly incapable of forming any kind of coherent sentence, nor do I have a clue as to how to do this novel justice.

In her debut novel, Emily Gunnis tackles one of the most disturbing topics in history. That of the mother and baby homes, where single expecting mothers were sent to give birth away from the disapproving eyes of relatives and neighbours. They were often forced to give their babies up for adoption with no hope of ever seeing them again.

The story starts in 1956 when young Ivy is sent to St. Margaret’s. Abandoned by her family and the boy who got her pregnant, the circumstances in which she finds herself are utterly devastating.  Sixty years later, reporter Samantha stumbles upon letters written by Ivy while at the mother and baby home. Samantha senses there’s a story here that needs to be told. What happened to Ivy? Where is Ivy’s baby? What secrets and lies hide behind the walls of the home?

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot. Yes, there are a few mysteries to be solved and questions to be answered but to be honest, they all kind of melted into the background for me. This was all so realistic and believable, as history has proven it to be, that it near had me in bits. Ivy’s letters are immensely harrowing and the events she describes are incredibly disturbing. I can’t even begin to imagine the hardship of daily life at the home, the loss of a child. Not just at the home but also in later life. It’s devastating to realise that so many people got away with these atrocities.

The Girl in the Letter is a thought-provoking, moving and utterly heartbreaking novel that nearly had me in tears. It made me sad, it made me angry and it’s a novel I won’t be forgetting in a hurry. I’m not entirely sure I’ve managed to get across the impact this novel had on me but I do so hope I’ve said enough to make you want to pick this one up. This is an absolutely incredible debut novel by Emily Gunnis and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

The Girl in the Letter is available to buy!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Bookdepository | Kobo | Goodreads


I’ve wanted to be an author since my mum, Penny Vincenzi, got her first book deal when I was 13. We’d spend hours walking and talking about the worlds her characters inhabited and unpicking any plot dead ends she’d found herself in. I absolutely loved it – this is what I wanted to do!

Fast forward 30 years and I’ve discovered it’s a great deal harder than my mother made it look! But still, here I am.

After graduating I wrote scripts and had two episodes of BBC Doctors commissioned but didn’t like all the input from Script Editors and Producers. So, while I worked in various PA jobs I decided to go for it and just kept learning as much as I could until I sold my debut novel, The Girl in the Letter, which is published on eBook on 1st August 2018 and paperback in April 2019. I really hope you enjoy it, and my follow-up novel which I’m busy researching now!

I live in Sussex with my husband Steve and our two beautiful girls, Grace and Eleanor.

Author links : Facebook | Twitter




  18 comments for “The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis @EmilyGunnis @headlinepg @annecater #blogtour #RandomThingsTours

  1. Karen
    August 7, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Love your review. I’m currently reading this and feeling very sad and angry too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 7, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      It’s hard not to, isn’t it? Look forward to your stop on the tour.


  2. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    August 7, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Nice review! I haven’t heard of this book before, but sounds like it had your emotions going!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. August 7, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Great review but no. Just no.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. August 7, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks so much for this amazing Blog Tour support Eva x

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 7, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Great review and sounds like a very thought provoking book.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 7, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Fabulous review, added this one to my wishlist.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you, Cathy. Hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it.


  7. ChrissiReads
    August 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    I am so intrigued by this book! I may have to add it to my TBR! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Berit&V@Audio Killed the Bookmark
    August 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Lovely review Eva! I can absolutely tell how much you loved it, and I’m really excited to read it!💕


  9. Yvo
    August 7, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Fab review! I really like the sound of this one and the cover is gorgeous.


  10. Jo
    August 8, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Great review, Eva – love the sound of this! 🙂


  11. August 8, 2018 at 9:40 am

    This sounds so good. Great review.


  12. August 8, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Lovely review Eva. Your feelings about this book certainly come through in your review. Definitely adding this one to my TBR.


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