The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes -390 pages
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.
My Review: 4.5 stars
Be ready to be swallowed up by this breathtaking romance that spans over 40 years. I’ve had this book on my TBR list for years and didn’t pick it up until I read Mrs. Moyes most recent novel, Me Before You. I enjoyed that one so much, that Last Letter got moved up to the top of the TBR list and I’m so happy it did! For people who follow my reviews, you know I am hooked on epistolary writing or any sort of letter writing in a book even if it’s not the entire genre. The letters in this book were so open, honest and terribly romantic that I wish the young adults of today could compare this to their abbreviated method of text communicating.
There are two adulterers in this book and shockingly, I was rooting for one’s continuation of the affair and the other one’s cessation of the affair. There is one part of this book that for me, lacked the same integrity as the rest of the book and made it seem slightly “soapy”; so for that it lost ½ a star. If you want to know more about that, private message me and I’ll share my thoughts.
Go buy this book now, you’ll love it!
Quotes I liked:
- “She was learning to trust her gut reactions to people: memories could be lodged in places other than the heart.”
- “I was once told by someone wise that writing is perilous as you cannot always guarantee your words will be read in the spirit in which they were written.”
- “Somewhere in this world is a man who loves you, who understands how precious and clever and kind you are. A man who has always loved you and, to his detriment, suspects he always will.”
Tags: 2013, Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit, Historical Fiction, England
Labels: 2013, Chick Lit, England, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance