Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction presented by The Publishing Triangle
The story unfolds like a flower; the impact of it on each person is profound. It’s a spectacular offering of love gained, lost, and struggled with over a lifetime—a poignant tale with a marvelous reveal at the end.—Anna Furtado, Lambda Literary Review


Best Lesbian Historical Romance
Best Lesbian Debut
"The way this book is written is so beautiful. I was captivated by the character's lives and the way the entire story slowly unfolded. As far as historical romance is concerned, this is by far the best one I've ever read!" (Joann)

"This is a superb novel. The author's skill at weaving the time periods like ribbons through a braid is very impressive. She reflected the repression of the era but also showed the dawn of community." (Kit)

"When I started this novel, I figured it would be my least favorite, given that it seemed to be more of a remembrance story. Oh, was I wrong. Compelling writing, a volatile time-period, and tension that had me resentful when I had to put the book down." (Anna)
"Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran is a wonderful historical romance. The story is engrossing and will keep you turning the page. The characters are well developed and the story is beautiful. This story will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, that will make you beg for more books by this author. I would be happy to read this book over and over again. Letters Never Sent should be a bestseller." -- Heather Bennett, Curve Magazine


"This story is “real” – it’s not fancified or glorified in any way.  The characters are not bigger than life nor are they leading exceptional, unexpected lives. These women could have been our mothers, our grandmothers, our great-grandmothers, our aunts . . . Therein lies so much of the beauty of Letters Never Sent.  It’s so much more than a novel about three women, their lives, their choices, their loves, and their losses.  It’s also a study – historical, anthropological, ethnographic – of society and gender.  Personally, I firmly believe this should be required reading in college course on Gender and Society." -- Carleen Spry, Frivolous Views



"Letters Never Sent is a crisp, well-written story that is chock full of strong imagery, indelible characters, and conflict that almost any woman can relate to in one way or another. Her transitions between the past and present work seamlessly, and she is able to capture the floodwaters of joy, love, heartbreak, and sorrow with unhurried profundity." -- Salem West, The Rainbow Reader


"Letters Never Sent is an emotional, romantic story that deals with important issues and powerful themes of loss and injustice. It was very moving to read a book that reminded me just how far women have come in our fight for equality and freedom. I enjoyed reading this touching novel." -- Erin Golding, Healing Scribe

Three women, united by love and kinship, struggle to conform to the social norms of the times in which they lived.

 In 1931, Katherine Henderson leaves behind her small town in Kansas and the marriage proposal of a local boy to live on her own and work at the Sears & Roebuck glove counter in Chicago. There she meets Annie—a bold, outspoken feminist who challenges Katherine’s idea of who she thinks she is and what she thinks she wants in life.

In 1997, Katherine’s daughter, Joan, travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to clean out her estranged mother’s house. Hidden away in an old suitcase, she finds a wooden box containing trinkets and a packet of sealed letters to a person identified only by a first initial. 

Joan reads the unsent letters and discovers a woman completely different from the aloof and unyielding mother of her youth–a woman who had loved deeply and lost that love to circumstances beyond her control.  Now she just has to find the strength to use the healing power of empathy and forgiveness to live the life she’s always wanted to live.


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