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The Last Letter from Your Lover Hardcover – 8 Jul 2010

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340961627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340961629
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 4.2 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The best book of the summer . . . a totally un-put-downable read but one that should come with a severe warning: this will make you cry buckets on the beach. Beautiful.' (Stylist)

An utterly absorbing and blissfully romantic read (Daily Telegraph)

A gorgeously romantic and partner-ignoringly compulsive read . . . Immaculately paced, genuinely touching and stuffed with Mad Men-esque period details, it's a page-turner that loves words themselves. (Independent on Sunday)

'Two stories brilliantly intertwine in this unputdownable, top-class romantic read. You'll need to have Kleenex at the ready.' (Woman & Home)

A dramatic, romantic tale of lost love letters, broken hearts and hopeful outcomes . . . The story is incredibly moving, as Moyes explores the way that love and loss and a few words can make a new life or break a heart (Marie Claire)

'A fabulously romantic tale that should inspire you to scribble some love notes of your own' (Glamour)

'Beautifully written . . . an exquisite tale of love lost, love found and the power of letter writing.' ***** (Sunday Express)

'Perfectly balanced - a real page-turner and impossible to put down' ***** (News of the World)

'Wonderfully moving and unashamedly romantic . . . packed with emotion, it will have you captivated from the very first page' (Woman)

Vivid, moving and cleverly constructed. Passion, love and loss are the big themes - prepare to weep (Sainsbury's Magazine)

'This poignant novel will make your heart flutter' ***** (Heat)

If you are looking for a thoroughly romantic read that will have you grabbing for the tissues with tears of joy and sadness then this is a must read. It's full of warm and wonderful characters and will keep you reading in to the wee small hours not wanting it to end. Pure romance. (Lovereading.co.uk)

'Passion, heartbreak, love, loss and second chances link the lives of the two women in this superbly crafted, gripping novel. It's compulsive reading, impossible to put down' (Choice)

'Stylish, romantic - and a real weepy!' ***** (Woman's Own)

The tales are accompanied by real-life 'last letters' that will leave you sobbing (Easy Living)

'Lose yourself in this emotional tale!' ***** (Star)

Moyes brings intelligence and wit to the traditional romance and this gorgeous novel kept me reading till the small hours. (Saga)

'The timeless romance is achingly moving' (Candis)

'For proper, spellbinding romance, they don't come better than The Last Letter from Your Lover' (Sunday Herald)

A wonderful, romantic read (My Weekly)

A wonderful, emotional book - just make sure you put aside enough time to sit down and enjoy it uninterrupted. (www.thebookbag.co.uk)

'If you like your thrills romantic, this won't disappoint' ***** (SHE Book of the Month)

A fabulous, emotional and evocative book - perfect for anyone who loves Mad Men (Sophie Kinsella)

Epic, romantic and completely and utterly brilliant. My book of the year. (Lisa Jewell)

Exciting, moving, intriguing; the atmosphere's perfect, the plotting is masterly, the characters are brilliant (Penny Vincenzi)

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)

'This paper does not always look kindly on pink-jacketed pieces of chick lit. But Moyes is that delicious thing: a chick lit authoress more interested in how things are than in Hallmark card-style cliche . . . you'll be glued to it right through . . . Delicious? Certainly. Tear-jerking? You'll see.' (Zoe Strimpel, City A.M.)

'[Provides] a peek at love through poignant letters ending relationships.' (News of the World)

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Spanning forty years, two women's stories of love, loss and betrayal are intertwined in this perfect reading group novel.

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been a Jojo Moyes fan now for quite a few years, she is very talented and quite diverse in her writing. Every book has been different but engaging, satisfying reads and this, her lates is no except
Starting with the modern-day Ellie - a struggling newspaper journalist who is in the middle of an affair with a married man and travelling back to 1960 to learn about Jennifer - both heroines, both stories are equally engaging, although Jennifer's story does make up the majority of the story.
When Ellie finds a letter in the newspaper's archive, it strikes a chord with her. The letter is from an unknown man who is begging his married lover to leave her husband. Ellie's own relationship is shaky to say the least and the letter intrigues her, she decides to investigate further - if nothing else, it could make a good story and keep Melissa, the domineering Features Editor off her back.
The story then goes back to 1960 where Jennifer is recovering from a mysterious car accident, she has memory loss and she too discovers a letter. This letter turns her world upside down, it appears that she has been having an affair - but who with, and where is he now?
The reader is then thrust into the story of Jennifer and her lover, Boot - a real old-fashioned love story that really tugs at the heart strings. The descriptions of Jennifer's glamorous life in the 1960s are wonderful and reminded me of the style and glamour of the likes of Jackie O, the clothes, the dinner parties, the music - the overbearing husband.
To say much more would be to say too much - but the story did evoke a lot of emotions, with a lump firmly stuck in my throat by the end.
Once again, Jojo Moyes had delivered the goods - a wonderful read.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I am not a huge fan of the romance genre, but I had heard good things about this book and decided to give it a go. I was impressed. It was well written, page turning and full of good, believable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the story about Jennifer and Boot, both of whom I warmed to, and the conceit of the letters as the framework for the book worked really well. The only weak point for me was the modern day story of Ellie, which although necessary as a vehicle for telling the story of the past, seemed somehow weaker and more unsatisfactory. I loved the letters from real people that divided the different sections of the book too. I will definitely be reading more by Jo Jo Moyes.
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185 of 198 people found the following review helpful By The Little Bookworm VINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book took my breath away. Not only is the cover absolutely beautiful, so is the story. Moyes cleverly mixes modern-day Ellie with 1960's Jennifer. Their stories intertwine in a way you just cannot imagine.

We follow Jennifer on an emotional journey, of love and fate. At times I laughed, at times I cried and at times I gasped aloud. I constantly had a lump in my throat and a knot in my stomach, wondering where we were going to be going next. I felt honoured, as the reader, to be a allowed to read what seemed to be a very private story.

The book is interspersed with emails, letters and texts from real people. These add a lovely element to the book.

This is now one of my favourite books. I couldn't put it down and I read it in 2 days. A brilliantly written book which I defy anyone not to like.
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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Read Me on 30 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I like the simple idea behind this book - love letters can change your life. Thats it; no more analysing text messages, agonising over emails, is that a friendly x or a romantic x? However although I like the main premise of the book I found myself not wanting to read it. As some other reviewers have said the main character Ellie is not particularly likeable, she's having an affair with a married man, she doesn't care about her friends opinions, she's pretty slack at work and very self centred. So far so bad. Yet as often happens with novels with dual storylines it is the historical (or 1960s in this case) story that keeps you reading. In 1960s London Jenny wakes up after a car crash not really remembering much about her life at all, its all very confusing and after a while she questions whether she and her husband Larry have a happy life together. Then she finds a love letter, written to her that she had kept hidden, ransacking the house she finds more but cannot remember the author. Is he still waiting for her, where is he, why hasn't he contacted her since the crash?
Moyes knows how to keep you reading, providing little tastes of the past so that sometimes we are reading Jenny's life after the crash and other times before. Piecing together the story just as she has to and just as Ellie does when she finds the letters 40 years later. There are definite echoes of An Affair to Remember and some scenes are cliched. Yet if the measure of a good novel is was it engrossing - then the answer for me is yes. I wanted to know what happened to Jenny and her lover and her husband, is it the sacharine happy ending or something altogether more bleak?
This certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, as I didn't think it would be mine, but you may be pleasantly surprised if you give it a try.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kirstie H on 19 April 2011
Format: Paperback
My mother and sister read (and raved) about this book a few months ago but it took me a while to get round to starting it... and no time at all to finish. Consciously, I kept stopping, going back, to chew over the beautiful words expressed in the letters, and the descriptions of 1950s life in London and the Riviera (an area very familiar to me).

The author has stayed well clear of Mills and Boon territory. This book is heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measures.

It's so easy to read that I rushed through it - don't make the same mistake. Give me a week and I'll start it again.
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