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The Last Letter from Your Lover Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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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)
An utterly absorbing and blissfully romantic read. (Daily Telegraph)
A fabulous, emotional and evocative book - perfect for anyone who loves Mad Men (Sophie Kinsella)
A gorgeously romantic and partner-ignoringly compulsive read. (Independent on Sunday)
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.See all Product description
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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.
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.
Circumstances meant that I read this story by Jojo Moyes over several months and I think it is testament to the quality of her writing that I never needed to go back over previous reading or remind myself of the characters and narrative. The lives of Ellie and John, Jenny and Anthony remained with me through other novels and events in my own life because they were so well depicted it was as if I was returning to catch up with people I really knew well.
What Jojo Moyes does exceptionally well is convey the human quality of her characters with all their self-delusions, faults and dreams so that the reader is deeply moved by those they come to love. I was desperate for Ellie to find happiness, but as the book progresses, it is by no means clear that she will. Similarly, the grief and wasted opportunity felt by Jenny affected me like a personal blow. I found Jennifer the more appealing female in this story.
Love and loss, self awareness, grief and happiness are the universal themes of our lives and Jojo Moyes conveys them with skill and realism. I’ve enjoyed every one of her books and this was no exception.
I decided not to finish the book as I couldn't stand more of the same and I doubt whether I will read more of the author's work.
That said, it was an okay read, but had it been the first book I had read by this author I would not bother to read anymore.
The story is basically about a features reporter who is having some turbulence in her own private life, when she finds an old love letter in the archives at work. Fascinated by the letter she sets about trying to find the person who wrote it and person it was written for. The story follows her search while also explores her own personal life.
It is all rather long winded and I must say I just couldn't take to any of the characters at all, even though I wanted to.
In a nutshell, I think if you want to read one of Jojo Moyles books try one of her others, "Me before You" for example, is a much better read.
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