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The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel Paperback – June 26, 2012
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“With its realistically complicated characters and emotionally complex plot, The Last Letter from Your Lover is hopelessly and hopefully romantic.”
“Crafting a love story that feels not just compelling but true is a very difficult thing indeed—and yet, with The Last Letter from Your Lover, Jojo Moyes has done it twice. I found myself utterly transfixed by both sets of lovers in this marvelous novel. Moyes is a tremendously gifted storyteller, and I'm all admiration.”
—Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife
“A fabulous, emotional, and evocative book—perfect for anyone who loves Mad Men.”
—Sophie Kinsella, bestselling author of Confessions of a Shopaholic
“This story of passion and missed chances—with a twist that provides fresh perspective 40 years later—is entrancing.”
—Parade (Top Pick)
“A prize-winning, cross-generational love story of missed connections and delayed gratification [that] hits a seam of pure romantic gold. . . . A cliffhanger-strewn tale of heartache in two strikingly different eras [and] a tour de force.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Elegiac . . . emotionally ablaze . . . Moyes’s genuinely captivating tale resonates deeply in today’s fast-paced, less gracious world.”
“Toggling between two eras, Moyes cleverly juxtaposes the conventions of old-fashioned and thoroughly modern romance.”
“A modern yet ageless story of the human heart and its tenacity to hold on to a love that will not die or be replaced. Beautifully written . . . Jojo Moyes’s novel gives the satisfaction of a fine wine and meal before the fireplace on a winter’s night.”
—Leila Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of Roses
“Exciting, moving, intriguing; the atmosphere’s perfect, the plotting is masterly, the characters are brilliant.”
—Penny Vincenzi, author of The Best of Times
“An engrossing double love story . . . a captivating tale of missed connections. The Last Letter from Your Lover is itself a love letter to the all-but-disappearing handwritten message.”
About the Author
- ASIN : 0143121103
- Publisher : Penguin Publishing Group; Reprint edition (June 26, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780143121107
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143121107
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 1 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jojo, and I call her Jojo because I’m such a fangirl and love her books. As an author myself, I admire her work, and I’m inspired by her. Without further ado: Jojo has written a story about a gripping love affair. But no matter how deep the passion between our two lovers, Jennifer Stirling and Anthony O’Hare, they can’t seem to find a way open to each other. The timing never seems to be right. That finger of fate I mentioned earlier, steps in and places insurmountable obstacles in their paths. We, the reader, hold our breath, praying that this time these two people who are meant for each other will find their way.
Much of the book takes place in 1960s London and must be viewed by the mores of that time. The story spans the years of Jennifer and Antony’s lives, shifting back and forth in time. Anthony's a crackerjack international affairs journalist, and Jennifer is the wife of a wealthy industrialist. As the title suggests, it all begins with a letter, an urgent, expressive, love missive that will have you falling in love with the writer. If you really want to understand what great storytelling is about, I suggest you read The Last Letter from Your Lover and fall in love.
London, France, Africa and America all come into play in this story of a woman piecing back together her life in effort to understand what she has lost, and what she threw away.
There is a bit of a time-hop from 1964 to 2003. I'll let you read and determine the juxtaposition of these two time frames and the women who inhabit the rest of the story.
If you're looking for brilliant characters who are both real and inspired, then do read this book. However, if you cannot wrap your head around time jumping between eras, look somewhere else.
As for me, I rather love Ms. Moyes' abilities to draw us forward and backward through time, connecting the dots of a trail gone cold and all the points between.
Unlike some of the other reviewers I never had a problem with the timeline jumps and was invested in all the characters. The plot line that takes place forty years later is completely necessary to bring the original story to it's conclusion.
**Spoiler Alert** The only thing that wasn't clear to me was how Laurence Stirling knew about the P.O. box and was able to get his secretary to remove letters from it. Even after reading the book twice I still never picked that up. Any suggestions?
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A plea to reviewers: please stop giving us the low down on the stories you review. Why do you feel the need to write such lengthy descriptions? We don’t need to know the plot before reading the books!
I always skip long reviews.
Obviously this book is successful judged by the number of reviews that it has received, and quite rightly too, the ability to transport the reader into different time zones and into the personalities and characters is a very wonderful gift and ability, and the ability to read it makes life a more enjoyable experience.
Spanning forty years, two women's stories of love, loss and betrayal are intertwined. A perfect reading group novel from the bestselling author of Me Before You.
When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she doesn't think she'll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband - and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man.
In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can't remember anything - her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.
Ellie and Jennifer's stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel - interspersed with real 'last letters'.
Present Day. Ellie is a journalist, but her work is suffering as she is so consumed by the relationship she is having with a married man. Told by her editor to bring her work up to scratch 'or else', Ellie heads to the newspapers archives to begin research for a feature. There, she discovers an old love letter and Rory, the librarian archivist. Investigation into the letter leads her back in time, and it is this part of the book that held most appeal for me as it was beautifully written with wonderful characters and descriptions of the era.
1960's. Jennifer Stirling has just woken with semi-amnesia after being involved in a car crash. Sent home with her rather cold husband who she has little recollection of, she tries to carry on with the life she is told she lived before. When she starts to find hidden love letters written to her and signed by 'B', she realises that her heart lay with another before the accident and sets out to find who he is.
The two stories merge together beautifully and this would have been a 5 star read for me had it not been for the rather confusing way the before and after chapters of Jennifer's accident were presented. For a while I thought she met 'B' after her accident, and I see others made the same error. Another negative was the large number of grammatical errors throughout the book that had me reading sentences twice to try and make sense of them. Considering it was first published in 2011, I would have thought these could have easily been rectified on a digital edition by now.
This was however a wonderfully written love story slightly let down by the points mentioned above.
I won’t spoil the plot on here but I will say that if it’s a tear jerker you’re after, you’ll get it with this book. It spans the decades and there’s tons of anticipation throughout. I couldn’t stop reading once I’d started and cried buckets at the end.