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The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel Hardcover – July 7, 2011

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“With its realistically complicated characters and emotionally complex plot, The Last Letter from Your Lover is hopelessly and hopefully romantic.”
Chicago Tribune

“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.”
Publishers Weekly

“What’s astonishing about this ingeniously crafted dual love story . . . is how swiftly and effortlessly Jojo Moyes pulls you in. . . . Like an afternoon spent watching a beloved old movie, made wonderfully new.”
Barnes & Noble Review

“Toggling between two eras, Moyes cleverly juxtaposes the conventions of old-fashioned and thoroughly modern romance.”
Booklist

“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.”
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About the Author

Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. Moyes writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian. They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books; First American Edition edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022809
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I loved Me Before You (JoJo Moyes’ 2012 novel) and was excited to read some of her other work. Maybe it was because Me Before You set such high expectations, but The Last Letter from Your Lover came up a bit short for me.

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!
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I've read two other books from this author, and really enjoyed them. This one? Not so much. If my "reading time" is like visiting with friends, then this was a very dull visit. Very slow, not very engaging, and frankly a bit boring. The other two books of her's that I've read, while essentially about love, were not "Romance Novels" per sei. Romance is not a genre I find particularly appealing, so maybe I'm biased.

There were some interesting plot twists here, some good writing, but the characters really did not ever "pop out" as interesting, at least not interesting enough to carry the story. Jennifer reminded me of Betty Draper, from "Mad Men" -- Not particularly relate-able, or likable. And "Boot," a divorced player, who loves to seduce married woman, who in just a few brief encounters finds the love of his life, a reason to change his ways? Writes her these incredibly romantic love letters? Lust maybe, but enduring, epic love does not happen this way--I just don't buy it. Unless some of the courtship got edited out.

The abrupt shift in the last third, introducing new characters to essentially provide the reader with an epilogue was unnecessarily distracting, as was the jumping around in time. Again, it may have been a genre issue for me.
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