Friday, February 14, 2014

Review: The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes Plus 2 Book Giveaway!!! (CLOSED)

Title: The Last Letter from Your Lover    
Author: Jojo Moyes 
Published: June 2012; Penguin Books
Format: Paperback; 416 pages 
Source: Publisher   


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!

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS - CLOSED (US only) 
Thanks to Annie at Penguin, I have two books to offer. One reader will win a copy of both The Last Letter from Your Lover and Me Before You


 
To enter…

  • Leave a comment below & be sure to include your email address.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
  • You MUST include email address or entry will be invalid.
  • I will contact winner at the conclusion of the giveaway & they will have 2 days to respond or I will pick a new winner.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends February 21st. 


Good luck!

21 comments:

  1. Jennifer HuelsebuschFebruary 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I have been wanting to read her books since I have heard fantastic things about them!

    jhuelsebusch@sbcglobal.net

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  2. I love JoJo Moyes. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    courtlawrence11 at gmail dot com

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  4. I've never read Moyes. Here's my chance. If I win.

    bethvollbach(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  5. Tweeted and shared! I would love to win JoJo Moyes' books! I read The Girl Left Behind and LOVE her writing. Thanks for the chance to win!

    booksintheburbs at gmail dot com

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  6. This book giveaway is doubly good! I've wanted to read this author's work for a while now. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway, Kristin. I will add it to my blog's sidebar.

    suko95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. This book sounds fabulous. Please enter me in the giveaway contest. I twitted this post as well. Thanks! email: postingfornow@gmail.com

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  8. I've heard a ton of great things about JoJo Moyes and I know my wife would love these two books. Thanks for the chance to win them. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/434499572438540288
    and pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/336573772123787565/

    Thanks again!


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  9. I've always wanted to read a JoJo Moyes book and your description sounds wonderful. I'd like the opportunity to read one. I am still a letter writer and would especially appreciate those parts of the book. Thanks for offering this great giveaway.

    Liglesias3[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. I have been wanting to read JoJo Moyes books and haven't gotten to it yet. This new one sounds perfect because I love the romance of letter writing.
    kathleen.bianchi@ymail.com

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  11. Haven't read this author, but have seen good reviews. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  12. I have been dying to read these! Thanks for the great giveaway. Chris327@mac.com

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  13. What a great giveaway! I am sure keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  14. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. This giveaway is precious and lovely. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. Wonderful! Thanks for offering this. heidiup7 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  17. I'd love to read this author at long last! Count me in, and thank you so much for this chance. shamy at post dot harvard dot edu
    Cheers -- Kara

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  18. What a fantastic giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win. Fingers crossed!!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  19. I've been dying to read this! Thanks

    sumsum085@aol.com

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  20. Oh how I love Me Before You but I don't own it yet. And I've been wanting to read JoJo's other books. Thanks for the chance to win it! I will reread Me Before You over and over. I tweeted it too.

    https://twitter.com/momsvictories/status/435208870093287424
    email tanya{at}momssmallvictories{dot}com

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  21. I do hope you'll stop by and share your giveaway and up to 3 total posts on my Small victories Sunday linky where I recap the cooking, reading and blogging I've done in the last week and what I hope to do next week.

    http://momssmallvictories.com/small-victories-sunday-7-one-make-comeback/

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