Author: Jojo Moyes
Published: June 2012; Penguin Books
Format: Paperback; 416 pages
A heartbreaking, stay-up-all-night novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One
A Brief Encounter for our time, The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply "B," from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age.
My thoughts: As I mentioned when I did the cover reveal for this book earlier this week, I am a big fan of Jojo Moyes and even had the pleasure of getting to meet her when she was on tour in the US promoting her book The Girl You Left Behind. This book, The Last Letter from Your Lover is now the third book I've read by her and will definitely be reading all the books I can get my hands on by her.
I just loved this book - and am happy to be posting my review of it on Valentine's Day!!! It truly is a fantastic romantic read, full of passion and tension. Plus, those love letters...OMG - who wouldn't want to be the recipient of those? Oh how I wish I lived in the era of letter writing...I truly believe it is such a lost art and what a shame that is.
I loved both Jennifer and Ellie's characters. In a lot of ways, they are alike, confined by the expectations placed on them by the society of their time. But, at the same time, they bucked the system in their own way. They each wanted to be loved for who they are and they each believed in love.
I really enjoyed how this story was told. First we get most of Jennifer's story, starting right after her accident and then moving back and forth in time filling in pieces of the puzzle. Then the story jumps ahead to Ellie's story. But, the magic of the book is the way that Jojo Moyes is able to connect the two - in a plausible way that leaves you satisfied, and quite possibly even wanting more!
This is a book that I think is going to stay with me and one that might just be the type to reread a few times. The one message that I take away from it is that happiness isn't always what you thought it would be, and sometimes you find happiness where you least expected it. I also want to treasure this book for the beautiful love letters - it makes me want to start writing love letters to my loves ones!
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