BOOK CLUB: The Lost Letters of Playfair Street

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Michelle Montebello is one of my favourite independent authors. It is my great pleasure to have not only been involved in introducing her work to the members of Beauty and Lace Book Club but also for the opportunity to have provided some input into The Lost Letters of Playfair Street.

The story is set in Sydney where Walter Greene supplies steel from his steel mill to the company building the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  We first meet the Greenes at the engagement party of Walter’s daughter, Charlotte, to the banker—and financier of loans to Walter—Floyd Clark.

Floyd moves Charlotte through the group until they come to the last man, Alexander Young, Bradfield’s chief engineer.  As the introductions are made, Charlotte feels a stirring she has never felt before, and certainly something she has never felt with Floyd.

In the present day, Paige Westwood has moved to Sydney from Albury, after having her heartbroken. Her job is to set up the house on Playfair Street that her boss Xavier has purchased to run his business from.  While cleaning the attic Paige discovers a trunk, carved with the initials CG, and containing bundles of letters carefully tied together.

As Montebello deftly guides us between the two timelines we are privy to information about Charlotte, Walter and Alex’s lives, that Paige and Ryan must seek to discover through the letters and modern-day research. At the same time we are taken on a tour of Sydney, and The Rocks, as we explore those areas from both the perspective of the 1920’s and 30’s and present day.

This is a beautifully written book that gives us a historical glimpse into Sydney, the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the impact of the stock market crash, all within the context of a beautiful, yet illicit romance.  Montebello has smoothly woven fictional and real-life characters into a tale that will leave you wanting more.  

Many thanks to Michelle Montebello and Beauty and Lace Book Club for the opportunity to read and review The Lost Letters Of Playfair Street.  Highly recommended for lovers of historical romantic fiction, a definite 5 star read.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading The Lost Letter of Playfair Street by Michelle Montebello. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

25 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Lost Letters of Playfair Street

  1. What a good read!

    I loved the storyline and being able to follow Charlotte’s story through her own eyes and through Paige and Ryan’s discoveries and research.

    I loved the chapters changing between the two eras and between the two main characters Paige and Charlotte.

    I look forward to reading more books by Michelle Montebello.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Michelle Montebello for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. I loved The Lost Letters of Playfair by Michelle Michelle Montebello!
    The story is set in Sydney, both in the 1920s/30s and present day and I was easily able to picture myself in the streets as Charlotte and Alex, and Paige and Ryan walked the streets. It tells the story of Paige who discovers a trunk of love letters between Charlotte and her beloved written in the 20s. The letters intrigue Paige and bring into her life the newly single Ryan.
    It has romance, mystery and history so plenty of substance to entertain many types of readers.
    A lovely pre Christmas read. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Michelle Montebello.

  3. I really enjoyed reading The Lost Letters of Playfair Street. The story is set in Sydney over two time periods-in the 1920s and in the present day.
    The 1920s tells the story of Charlotte Greene who is the daughter of a steel supplier who’s company is building the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Being the obedient daughter that she is, she is engaged to Floyd who is a loan financer who she is not in love with. At her engagement party she meets Alexander Young who she feels an instant attraction to. Meanwhile in the present day we see Paige Westwood move to Sydney to escape a broken heart. Her boss has just bought a house on Playfair Street and Paige has been sent to set it up. She ends up finding a chest full of letters which sees us slowly unravelling the story of Charlotte and her life.
    I really love these types of historical fiction set over multiple timelines where you see the pieces slowly fall into place. This one was written so well that I just didn’t want to put it down. Thanks to Michelle Montebello and Beauty and Lace for giving me the opportunity to read this great read.

  4. Thoroughly enjoyed The Lost Letters of Playfair Street by Michelle Montebello. I loved the way it switched between the present day and the past to tell two different but connected stories. Very well written and the mystery element had me hooked from the start.

    Thanks very much to Beauty & Lace and Michelle Montebello for the opportunity to read and review this book. It was delightful.

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