March 05, 2016



It's just a box of letters, right? 

Words that were written a long time ago. 

From a boy to the girl that he missed. From a man to the woman he loved. 

But what if those words carried more impact than anyone realised? 

Will they finally give Georgia the closure she needs and lessen the guilt she battles every day? 

Or will everything she thought she knew about the boy and man who wrote them and the life they shared be forever altered? 

All will be revealed in The Letters.

A story about life, love, and acceptance.


REVIEW BY: Carmie 

Lesley keeps her crown as writing goddess!

If you haven’t read the previous books in the Carnage series (Carnage:  The Story of Us, Carnage:  The Story of Me, and Marley), please stop reading this review and go read them.  You will fall under the spell of the writing goddess, Lesley Jones.  
Regardless if you are #TeamMaca or #TeamTiger, Mrs. Jones showed a phenomenal respect to both teams in the telling of The Letters.  I waited patiently for this book with equal parts anticipation and fear – wanting to have my questions answered and yet fearing the same answers.  The Letters are so much more than I could have imagined it to be.  Getting a ring-side seat to the untold portions of the Carnage books made me love the author and the characters even more.   
My words to the characters:
Marley, my dear sweet misguided Marley, oh how I was pissed off at you after reading your book.  I am not so pissed off at you anymore.
Ashley and Jimmie, the BFFs that I wish I had.  Thank you for all the laughs and tears – you are the greatest sister-in-laws EVER!  I will not look at handbags the same ever again.
Sean, the hot rock god and Georgia’s first love, oh how I wish the first book ended differently but it was an emotional and mostly-beautiful journey.  The remorse you felt for your mistakes and continued love for Georgia comes across loud and clear.  Without you Georgia would not have ended up where she is today.  I guess you gotta take the good with the bad or is it the bad with the good.
Cam, the bad-boy business mogul head over heels for Georgia, oh how I wish I had your love.  Your love, patience, understanding, and undeniable devotion to Georgia is beyond words.  Your acceptance of her past with Sean and jealousy over what they had makes you human; what you do with those feelings make you exceptional.  I am truly happy you were there when Georgia needed you to be and so happy you have found the love that dreams are made of.  Be happy forever and ever.
Georgia, my dear Georgia Rae Layton McCarthy King, you have come a long way from the mouthy Essex bird we first met.  You are still a hot mess but we love you death.  You are lucky to have had the unconditional love of two exceptional men – Sean and Cam.  The trials and tribulations are the price you paid for that love.  At times that price was overwhelming and destructive – I am so glad you came out the other side.  This story could not have been told without you – keep on being a hot mess, loving with all you have, and keeping the family in check.
My words to the author:
You nailed it!  Love the characters even more than before.  I need this series to continue and for you to talk about this RJ person.   

Five HUGE ASS Stars!


MEET Lesley Jones:

Lesley Jones was born and raised in Essex England but moved to Australia in 2006 with her family. Her first book was Saviour, followed up by Resolution. Next came books 1&2 in the Carnage series, then Conviction, a stand alone novel. In 2015, Marley, a Carnage companion book was released, with the series being neatly tied up by The Letters, published in February 2016. She has quickly gained a reputation as a writer of gritty, down to earth characters, involved in angsty and emotional plot lines. Carnage having won a number of awards for ‘Best Ugly Cry’ Her readers love the fact that she can switch her stories from hot and steamy, to snot bubble crying, followed by laugh out loud moments, in the space of a few sentences. She has declared that the very best part of her job is meeting her readers and already has plans to travel to the U.S for several events during 2016, a list of which can be found on her web site. When not writing, she has admitted to being a prolific reader, getting through around four or five books a week. She is a fan of trashy reality TV, listening to music, watching her son play football and enjoys a glass of wine… or three.


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