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Jennifer Stirling wakes in hospital after a car accident, her memory scattered. She returns home with her husband, who seems little more than a stranger, and tries to pick up the threads of a life she doesn't remember. Disorientated and unhappy, she discovers a love letter hidden in a paperback and pieces together a passionate history with a mystery lover.
Forty years later, Ellie discovers a letter in newspaper archives and is drawn by the parallels in her own life. She sets out to discover what happened to the star-crossed lovers, finding a story of love, betrayal, heartbreak and joy.
The story unfolds in a non linear fashion, Jennifer's story takes place in the 1960's but moves between the past and present to recall memories that she has forgotten, and illustrate the life she is leading. Moyes uses this to build tension and anticipation, providing no answers until the conclusion of the book. Ellie's story begins some forty years later, but I was far less interested in it except where it pertained to finding out what happened to Jennifer and `Boot'.
I felt for Jennifer much more than I expected to and I could not help but be swept up in the passion and romance she shared with Anthony. Generally I am unforgiving of infidelity but Moyes does well to ground Jennifer in the morality and social expectations of the sixties where women's choices were limited in a way modern women can barely consider. In contrast, I was far less sympathetic to Ellie, whose petulant and entitled attitude grated on me. It exposed a dilemma I am not terribly comfortable with admitting but I believe is a sign of a good book since it made me think.Read more ›
I just finished what may well be the best such book I've read in years: The Last Letter from Your Lover, by JoJo Moyes. Just released on July 7th (my own love's birthday), this novel has received rave reviews. The story starts in the early 1960s in London and the French Riviera; it later leaps forty years. It's a story of love, loss, missed connections, bad timing, heartbreaking letters, and wonderful characters.
Moyes is an exceptionally talented writer: superb pacing, great period details, realistic dialogue. Everything about this book feels authentic, which makes it all the more compelling.
This is a beautiful story, an utterly absorbing, romantic book. What a fine read!
That being said, this is an odd book for me to review because I was somewhat bored until well over halfway through, but did become engrossed from that point on. So, how to rate it overall? I only gave it 3 stars because I think most regular readers would put down a book they were bored with well before the halfway point. I think a good book has to “hook” the reader sooner than that.
This is one of those love stories that connects a couple from the past (Jennifer Stirling and “B” in 1960) with a different present day couple (Ellie Haworth and John in 2003). I’ve read books like this before and the stories are usually told through alternating chapters. So, that was my expectation with this book. I was surprised to find that Ellie and John don’t show up until over halfway through the story. This annoyed me because I was awaiting their appearance (in a confused, rather than an exciting, suspenseful way!) and even went back to Amazon to make sure I’d read the plot summary correctly.
Jennifer and “B” are the real story here and Ellie and John are merely vehicles to tell Jennifer and “B”‘s story, which is why I didn’t bother even mentioning Ellie and John in my own plot summary. Ellie stumbles upon Jennifer and “B”‘s story while working for “The Nation” and starts playing detective. What she learns then causes her to think hard about her own romantic situation with John and to attempt to track down Jennifer and “B”. I feel like I would have been much happier had this expectation been set appropriately for me!Read more ›
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Love this book! I have recommended it to several of my friends who also loved it. The first book I read from this author was, Me Before You. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nannette
This one is about a married rich woman in London in the early 1960's who falls deeply in love with another man. They write secretly, using P.O. Box 13 to correspond. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Lewis P. Wilkinson
A romance with suspense that will keep you reading throughout the night. An enduring love story that will give forever and commitment new meanings.Published 7 days ago by Kathy's Books
While the storyline is woven through time effortlessly, the depth of characters seems lacking. A great beach read for women who like romance but not a book soliciting incite into... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Gardenjunkie
Loved this book. Another beautifully written love story from Jojo Moyes. Not a soppy one, a complex story with flawed (read human) characters so beautifully drawn, in believable... Read morePublished 15 days ago by ang
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