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The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jojo Moyes
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (840 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A sophisticated, page-turning double love story spanning forty years-an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times.

It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband.

Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie's search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance.

A spellbinding, intoxicating love story with a knockout ending, The Last Letter from Your Lover will appeal to the readers who have made One Day and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society bestsellers.


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"A weepie that'll have you snivelling ecstatically into your cocoa." Daily Mail "A tale brimming with tenderness and romance." Marie Claire"

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'Exciting, moving, intriguing; the atmosphere's perfect, the plotting is masterly, the characters are brilliant' -- Penny Vincenzi 'Epic, romantic and completely and utterly brilliant. My book of the year.' -- Lisa Jewell 'I read it in one giant greedy gulp. Jojo Moyes is a brilliant writer.' -- India Knight 'I lost myself completely in THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER, I totally adored it. Utterly compulsive and swooningly romantic, it's just perfect.' -- Jenny Colgan 'Moyes brings intelligence and wit to the traditional romance and this gorgeous novel kept me reading till the small hours.' -- Saga on THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER 'A wonderful, emotional book - just make sure you put aside enough time to sit down and enjoy it uninterrupted.' -- www.thebookbag.co.uk on THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER 'A small-life-big-dreams weepie that'll have you snivelling ecstatically into your cocoa' -- Daily Mail on THE HORSE DANCER 'A tear-inducing but ultimately uplifting story, with a narrative that zips along faster than a cantering horse' -- Sunday Express on THE HORSE DANCER 'A strikingly original tale which captivates from the first page ... There are all sorts of unusual touches in this magical novel ... [Moyes] creates a cast of very believable and sympathetic characters and maintains the tension throughout.' -- Daily Express on THE HORSE DANCER 'A tale brimming with tenderness and romance' -- Marie Claire on THE HORSE DANCER 'An engaging and moving tale of love and loss, bravery and the determination to beat the odds' -- Choice magazine on THE HORSE DANCER

Product Details

  • File Size: 1843 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670022802
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IYITJ8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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134 of 145 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Romance July 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Last Letter From Your Lover is a novel for romantics who believe that true love can never be denied.
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.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book! July 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a sucker for romantic books. Not "romance novels," but good books that involve a poignant love story. It's a weakness, I guess -- one I happily indulge.

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!
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't dare think "The Last Letter. . ."is chick lit July 22, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I haven't enjoyed a book more in recent months, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a solid, well-written love story, involving two couples losing and finding each other over several generations. Along the way the lost art of handwritten love letters is honored. I only wonder why I've never read JoJo Moyes before now, but I will in the future.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Premier Kindle Experience August 27, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I recently received a Kindle for my birthday, the same day I saw a review for this book written up in the Parade section of my newspaper. So, when my son asked me to choose a book so he could show me how to put it on my kindle I chose this one. I spent the next 3 days glued to my Kindle. My husband and kids thought it was the Kindle I loved (which I am begrudgingly enjoying) but, really, it was this wonderful book. I usually am not a sucker for love stories, but I could not put this one down! I just ordered the book version for my mom. I know she'll enjoy it just as much, and so will you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Letter From Your Lover July 15, 2011
By Rose P.
Format:Hardcover
I could not put this book down from the first page, and it kept me going until the last sentence!
A page-turning love story that was wonderfully written. I am sad that I have finished it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow--dramatic, suspenseful, poignant August 25, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a novel that I was able to savor while I was on vacation. When I had a spare moment, I picked it up, and whether I had time to read 5 pages or 40, I was so excited to see what was going to happen next.

Jennifer Stirling wakes up in a London hospital in 1968. She doesn't know a lot. She's been in an accident, as evidenced by the jagged scar on her arm. Friends and family, a husband, have visited her, but she doesn't know them. Even when she leaves the hospital, her own home is a mystery to her. She doesn't feel any tie to this man that she's wedded to - wouldn't she feel something? In addition, the way people respond to her makes her wonder what kind of person she was, apparently not a very nice one.

When Jennifer finds a love letter seemingly address to her, signed only with "B," it begins to make sense to her. Perhaps she wasn't in love with her husband after all, but in love with someone else. But who is this man?

The way this story unravels is so unique, since the reader learns about Jennifer's past just as she does. Though I'm usually put off by storylines featuring adultery, the way this was handled with Jennifer almost being two different people, not remembering her former life, somehow lightened what might have normally soured the story for me.

The story of the year of 1968 ends and the story fast-forwards 30 years, introducing new characters. Again adultery is prominent, with Ellie being involved with a married man, wanting more from him and wondering why she's let herself get in this predicament. When she stumbles across an old love letter in some papers at the Daily Mail, she becomes interested in the story, and wants to track the lovers down for a story. She also has a personal angle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story
Such a great author! All of her books pull me into the story, which makes it hard to put the book down. Great love story, although it made my heart hurt a few times!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed the literary style of this author; the story was fairly predictable, but overall an interesting read.
Published 18 hours ago by Renee Hewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Enjoyed the book... Stay with it... It's worth it .. Great love story spread out over 40 years. Could not put it down.
Published 1 day ago by Maryann Farfalla-Kall
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Well written and compelling. Loved it!
Published 2 days ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great storyteller! Loved this story.
Published 2 days ago by first teacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good but not as riveting as Me before You
Published 3 days ago by Maureen Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 4 days ago by Terry R Purdy
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the way this author writes
Could not put this book down for long!! I was obsessed with finding out what was going to happen! I love the way this author writes!
Published 4 days ago by ShinyFeet
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the romantic at heart
This is a beautiful book! I honestly couldn't put it down. It's perfect for the romantic at heart. The characters are interesting and the book is well written. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Caroline Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars love lost and found
Jojo Moyes writing puts you into the story and keeps you there until the very end. I like the connection of the past to the present.
Published 6 days ago by Carol Levy
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