Published: 28/02/2017
ISBN: 9781785899089
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The Seven Letters
by Jan Harvey

When Claudette Bourvil is recruited to the French Resistance the last thing she expects is that she will be sent to work in the heart of Paris to spy on senior Nazi officers.

Claudette learns how to survive in a city ravaged by war, where the citizens are murdered on the whim of the occupying force. Constantly under threat of discovery, and in danger of losing her life, Claudette risks everything when she falls in love with the wrong man, the worst kind of man.

Over seventy years later, in rural Oxfordshire, Connie Webber discovers seven letters linked to a famous playwright, Freddy March. The letters will eventually lead her to Paris where she discovers the horrific reason behind Freddy’s life long depression. As his mother’s story unfolds Connie uncovers a dark past that the city has tried to erase from history.

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The Seven Letters has had a fantastic pre-publication reception with reviews coming in from all over the world. Described as 'gripping,' 'a page turner,' and 'hard to put down' it was award a prestigious Discovering Diamonds Review for Historical novels.

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Michelle Meador

The Wychwood

The Seven Letters is absolutely fantastic. I was on holiday and I literally could not put I down to the point where we found a pub with Wi-Fi so I could selfishly read a few more pages whilst my husband had a pint! My breath was literally taken away and I just couldn't read it fast enough. It was a perfect read to escape from my world into another, I've also learned a lot too. It is heartbreaking how some people suffered so much to fight for freedom.

I can see it becoming a best seller and a film, it has everything there, plus so much soul, its definitely a roller coaster ride read. I read 'til 3am one morning and it was during a storm!

I highly recommend this amazing book.

by Annette Rainbow

I’ve read many novels, but The Seven Letters stands out for me as one of the best. I was involved with the mystery from the start and found the ending so moving. I read it it two sittings on holiday and would recommend it to anyone. The characters are very real and stay with you afterwards.

by Paul Chantry

I really enjoyed this novel and I couldn’t put it down towards the end as the pace really picks up.
It is full of tension, and the way to modern story links to wartime Paris is very clever.
I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a beautifully written mystery.

by Matt Henley

This book is brilliant! I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to more from this exciting new author.

by judy hand

The Seven Letters is a gripping page turner, I was hooked from the beginning.

by Nicola Leyland

Set in the Cotswolds and Paris, ‘The Seven Letters’ is a fusion of life in war torn France and the consequences of how it effected people for the rest of their lives.

The story telling in the book is so gripping it draws the reader in and it becomes very easy to relate to the characters and feel the emotion of their situations.

It is a book you are desperate to finish to find out the answers, but at the same time wish it would go on forever.

I loved it.

by S. Logan

Thoroughly enjoying this magnificent novel. Part set in my home town in Oxfordshire and part in Paris, the pace and sense of anticipation is delicious!

by Amazon Customer

Amazing, heartbreaking story that gives insight into the lives of some women during WW2. The author did an amazing job connecting the lives of the characters across the decades. I loved this book!!

by Andrea Huffstetler

I love books that draw me in and make me feel like I am part of the book. This book did this and I felt like I was truly a character and not the reader of the book. I found myself crying (I didn't even realize it). I didn't want this book to end. I highly recommend this book. I will be following this author and be reading everything she writes.

by Anne Gooch

This book is utterly compelling and beautifully written.

by Ms. O Arathoon

With a flip back and forth between chapters, the story line moves forward quickly and the reader is drawn into the worlds being revealed. Alternating between the lives of Connie and Claudette, we are thrust into modern day England and WWII Paris. Each one is trying to make their lives, dealing with struggle, love, and mystery. The writing style is lovely and would make for an easy transition to film. The subject matter in the WWII chapters is hard to face, but historically accurate. It is hard to understand how women could have survived in those situations. It leaves the reader with a moral question, wondering if they would have done the same, or if they could have changed things.

I would recommend this book for people who enjoyed Sarah’s Key, The Nightingale, Finding Rebecca, or Paris Time Capsule. The historical side is taken quite seriously yet never turns into a lecture or speech. The mystery wasn’t solvable in the first few chapters as I feared. I was surprised that this was first novel, it was very enjoyable and I am looking forward to reading more from author, Jan Harvey. Thank yous to NetGalley and Troubador Publishing’s branch Matador for allowing me to read this one so close to publishing date.

by Michelle Meador

I found myself going back to read whole paragraphs again because the writing was so beautiful.

by Mrs. M McDougall

A spellbinding first novel

Beautifully written and well researched this novel tells the story of a young girl, Claudette Bourvil, recruited into the French Resistance and sent to Paris to spy on German Officers during WW2. Claudette's story is gradually revealed through the discovery of some letters found by Oxfordshire resident Connie Webber over 70 years later whilst helping to clear out the house of her great friend Freddy March. The chapters of the book alternate between Claudette's story and Connie's piecing together of Freddy's mysterious past and gradually we see how the two are interlinked. The descriptions of life in occupied Paris are exceptionally vivid and the characters with whom Claudette becomes involved and their impossible situation is utterly captivating. This is a gripping page-turner of a novel. A book you want to race through to find out the answers but at the same time do not want to finish and a story which stays with you long after the final page is read. I do hope that Jan Harvey has another novel in the pipeline as I for one cannot wait to read it.

by Liz Potter

Just spent the last 24 hours reading a fantastic book. It was like watching a film. I couldn’t put it down.The Seven Letters by Jan Harvey can’t recommend it enough.

by Jacqui Bassett

I just couldn’t put The Seven Letters down. The story is so beautifully and
cleverly conceived, with so many rich details. I simply loved it.

by N. Williamson

A wonderfully written novel as well as a beautiful tribute to the ones who sacrificed everything for the greater good. This book was outstanding

by K. Krinick, USA

“It is a book you are desperate to finish to find out the answers but, at the same time, wish it would go on forever.”

by Sally Logan

Wow! This novel perfectly combines all the ingredients of a historical story, interwoven with both thriller elements and romance. I couldn't put the book down and bought more for Christmas presents. I can't wait to read more from the author, Jan Harvey is definitely someone I will be following and fingers crossed it won't be long before another novel is published.

by Kerri Trounce

A story of two young women separated by a lifetime. An absorbing and well researched novel which gives one a glimpse into the shocking world of the French Resistance. The characters are beautifully drawn and it is a book one would wish to read many times to take in all the nuances. Excellent.

by Carole Lawless

Mystery, history, romance, espionage - I was absorbed and intrigued by The Seven Letters from start to finish. Jan Harvey is a master story teller. The story lines - in war-torn Paris, in the Cotswolds of today - move along at a cracking pace. You’re shocked in parts, deeply moved in others; this is a book that really engages your emotions. I felt bereft when I got to the last page.

by H. O'Brien

The Seven Letters. How do I sum it up? I loved every word of it and didn't want it to end. Having been a war time child I have always read a lot. There were no toys in my day so, at home with my mother, (my father was in the army) I could read before I was four! A book was my great comfort when my son died as I found I could loose myself, if only for a few moments. This was how I felt about The Letters, it had me absolutely hooked. I'd like to say thank you to Jan Harvey for writing such an interesting tome. I will be first in line for the next one!

by J. Hills

Wow, just wow! My feelings are all over the place. Review to follow after I get myself together.

Days later: I took quite awhile to think about this book, partially because I was sick, but mostly because I wanted to spend some time to rethink some of my preconceptions. I found this book extremely readable and beautifully written, but it opened my eyes to the importance of the French Resistance in France during WWII. I now want to read more about that portion of the war.

This book made me curious, which is very important. It made me want to know more about what I was reading, to dig deeper into a subject that I had spend very little time getting to know and that is a good thing!

The story itself is very well told and very readable. I will be re-reading this book. I have recommended it to numerous friends (including my husband). Thank you to NetGalley and Troubador Publishing for the opportunity to read this amazing book!

by Elizabeth Richards

The Seven Letters.

I loved the shift between modern day and the past, the twists and turns, and every character was someone I could believe in and was intrigued by. There's at least a couple more books in there - Mdme Odile and Keber sequels please!

I had just finished reading Edward Rutherford's 'Paris' when my Mum lent me her copy of The Seven Letters, it was a tough act to follow in terms of WWII Paris stories...but follow it, this book certainly did.

by A. Lawless-Hearn

Could not put it down. Kept me enthralled all night. A must read

by Evelyn Duran

WHAT impressive research Jan Harvey has achieved. I can now appreciate the little thought-of 'horizontal collaborators' and just how much the French Resistance gave up to provide information to amongst others, our own Bletchley Park ciphers. Thoroughly recommend a read folks - a truly unique slant to the 'All's quiet on the Western Front...' adage. Hope it get's put on screen!

by Clarissa Hunt

What a great book! As soon as I realised this story was about the French resistance during the Second World War my interest was immediately piqued and I wasn't let down at all. This rich and vibrant story captures the real Paris during this terrible time and showing what real people had to do to survive. The author has decribed and told this tale with the total conviction of a clearly, very well researched story teller. A real gem of a book, I couldn't put it down and I really hope there will be a follow up. A really great read!

by N. Smith

This book seems extremely well-researched and is so very real.
As I read this book I felt like I was inside it, I was very involved, and I really empathised with the characters.
It think it would make a superb film or TV series.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.

by Sandy Markwell

So enjoyed this book and was totally engrossed reading it on the train I missed my stop!!

by Mrs. C. Trevors

Brilliant read. The Seven Letters would make an amazing film.

by Karen Lawrence

A brilliant debut novel

Set in the present day Cotswolds and Paris during World War II, this book provides an insight into another dimension of the war that I was not aware of. I have read many fictional accounts of the war but this was refreshing and insightful, playing out the tensions and dilemmas of the larger war in a house of ill repute on Rue Ercol, Paris, also bringing the plight of the French Resistance to the fore.

A page turner that leaves each chapter end on a cliff edge, the story draws you into the world of the main protagonist, Claudette, and how she sacrifices much to be part of the Resistance movement. It explores how she lives her truth amidst a world falling apart and where fraternising with the enemy is part of survival. It brings moral dilemmas under the spotlight as well as the horrors of human cruelty and judgement in a time of perpetual suffering and fear. It is a moving tribute to those who risked all to be part of the Resistance movement in France. The story also celebrates the power of the human spirit, where living amidst ongoing tragedy and pain, strength and resilience can prevail, even when all hope seems lost.

This is an incredibly atmospheric book with well developed characters that one becomes attached to. I enjoyed the format of the story, with each chapter alternating between the present day and Paris during the war. I could not put the book down and felt like I was there, immersed in the story and places. I was sorry to finish it and the story remains with me still after turning over the last page. A well written debut novel. I look forward to Jan Harvey's next novel.

by S. Layton-Matthewson

I am an avid reader and more often than not get maps out and google the areas and background depicted in a story line. So attending a book signing and hearing at first hand the research behind The Seven Letters made what had already been a brilliant read even more special. Once finding an author whose novels I enjoy I tend to work through all their works so I hope it won't be too long before there is another 'Jan Harvey'

by A. Shirley

Simply Amazing. Awesome!....You are captivated from the very first chapter!......Beautifully written, I couldn't put it down and read it over just a weekend. This is the first book I've read in a long time where I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter and wanted it to not end. Amazing first book Jan Harvey; I eagerly await your next one!!

by Amazon Customer

I read Jan Harvey's The Seven Letters twice -- and doubled my enjoyment. Old enough to remember a World War Two childhood with clarity, and having retired 16 years ago to a part of France, Northern Provence, where the Resistance was particularly active, the book resonated with me from beginning to end.

Take a bunch of sadistic Nazi bullies, a dozen French prostitutes, a fierce Madame, a young, innocent virgin from the countryside, a good dollop of romance (some of it steamy) throw in nasty wartime goings-on...give it all a good stir and you have a good story. Tell it well and end with a totally surprising mystery, as Jan Harvey did, and you get a fine book which deserves all the success a debut novelist dreams of. Can you better The Seven Letters, Jan Harvey? I'm waiting. 

by Bill Larkworthy

The Seven Letters is amazing. A really compelling and thought provoking read - I could hardly put it down. It is such a polished read I’m surprised it’s a first novel. It is so cleverly well-written, researched and quite literary, but also a really good story with a fabulous cast of characters! I’m genuine when I say it’s the best thing I’ve read for a long time. It is the first time this year I have not been able to put something down yet was actually sad when I’d reached the end!

by R E Hodges

Awesome!....You are captivated from the very first chapter!.........Beautifully written, I couldn’t put it down and read it over just a weekend. This is the first book I’ve read in a long time where I couldn’t wait to get to the next chapter and wanted it to not end. Amazing first book Jan Harvey; I eagerly await your next one!!

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