Review: The Last letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes

Title: The Last Letter From Your Lover

Author: JoJo Moyes

Published: Penguin USA July 2011 {ARC courtesy Penguin/NetGalley}

Synopsis: 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.

Status: Read from July 03 to 04, 2011 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

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.
I wasn’t expecting this novel to be so affecting, it is wonderfully written and I thought fondly of the few precious love letters I hoard between the pages of my younger self’s diary. More than a love story, The Last Letter From your Lover is an engaging read.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pepca
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 20:37:59

    This is on my TBR. Great review!



  2. Marg
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 11:45:05

    Wasn’t this a fabulous read! I can’t remember the last book I read that focussed on the topics that this one did that was written so well, and which enabled the reader to be empathetic to the situation that the characters were in.



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