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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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Like many of her previous novels, the author uses two different time-lines to form a compelling and beautiful narrative. The first (and my favourite) is set in the early sixties and follows our protagonist, Jennifer Stirling who wakes up in hospital after a car accident with amnesia. She can't even recollect her husband, friends or household staff at first and finds it very difficult to adjust when so many of her memories have completely disappeared. Then she finds a letter addressed to her which begs her to leave her husband, signed only with the letter B. We follow her story as she desperately attempts to recover her memory and piece together the puzzle of firstly, who B is and why it is imperative that she should break up her marriage. The second story is set in the present day and follows another young woman, Ellie who finds the old letters from B in a library and sets on her own mission to learn the story behind the doomed lovers, hoping that it will bring happiness into her own life as a result.
I adore how effective Jojo Moyes is in using dual perspectives and time-lines to tell a story. I have to be honest and say I wasn't as keen on Ellie's story although I appreciated why it was important to the novel. However, Jennifer's story completely grabbed my attention and it was almost with bated breath I would wait for her section to roll around again, just so I could find out what was happening in her life. The love story between Jennifer and B is so touching and I was incredibly moved by her plight, the situation she found herself in post accident and how she managed to build herself up and start demanding answers from her to be frank, poor excuse for a husband. If I had to compare it with some of the authors previous books, I think it stands perfectly as one of her most poignant narratives and by the end, I was just rooting for Jennifer, for B and for everyone to get that wonderful happy ending. As for my rating, the only reason I've taken half a star off is that Ellie's story didn't compel me as much as I would have hoped - for Jennifer's story alone, this novel is a solid four stars.
I did enjoy the story, however, I felt that Jennifer's story was stronger than Ellie's story and I wanted to know what happened to Jennifer more than I wanted to know what to happened to Ellie. I enjoyed the connection between both women and how they helped each other.
This was the first book I have read by Jojo Moyes and I hope to read more of her books.
Probably it is a bit unfair to review "the last letter from your lover" comparing how outstanding "Me before you" is... but I just can't really understand the romance between Jennifer and Boot, why do they have to make it so difficult? And all the characters are so unlikeable... I found it so hard to keep reading it, the letters are boring, the whole book is boring... and the fact that the whole book was referring to the 60s makes it even more boring...
And being in the modern world, I found myself very difficult to show any sympathy for Jennifer... she's just incredibly annoying, indecisive and thick! I understand sometimes an affair could be exciting, a forbidden love can be romantic... but there are just not enough evidence to support this so called "romance"!
Sorry Jojo, I love "Me before you", but not this one...
All her books are different and I like that you can't second guess what is going to happen.
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