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The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel (original 2010; edition 2012)

by Jojo Moyes

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Title:The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel
Authors:Jojo Moyes
Info:Penguin Books (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 416 pages
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light summer book. listened to it on CD. confusing to figure out the different times for each chapter and the quotes are not always related. ending is a bit corny. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Jun 17, 2016 |
The novel opens when beautiful, rich Jennifer Stirling wakes up in a hospital room unable to remember anything. Nothing seems familiar, not even her husband. After she is released, she finds her house just as unfamiliar. As she explores the house she finds a series of carefully hidden love letters addressed to her and signed “B” which confirm her sense that her marriage was an unhappy one. But who was her lover? Circumstances intervene and forty years later, journalist Ellie Haworth uncovers a group of love letters signed “B” in the newspaper archives. The passion of the letters draw Ellie in. She can’t help but compare the intensity of the letters with the cryptic text messages she receives from John, a married man with whom she is having an affair.

I know Jojo Moyes has lots of fans so when I needed to read a book with a pink cover I thought this would be a great opportunity to check one out. Unfortunately, based on this book, it turns out I'm not one of her fans. I'm not sure if the reader is supposed to admire or identify with these two spoiled, self-absorbed women or take them as a caution. I'm not sure how Ellie could even keep a job. Jennifer is supposedly leaving her husband for her “soul mate” yet she can't even be bothered over the next forty years to see if he's really dead? Spare me! It was a boring, predictable story with miserable and unlikable characters. I understand from a friend that this “may not have been her best story” so I'm not saying I'll never pick up another one....it just won't be until the nausea subsides that was brought on by this one.
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  Olivermagnus | Jun 16, 2016 |
Theirs, she thinks, was a love affair that meant something. He was a man who cracked himself open in front of the woman he loved; he sought to understand her and tried to protect her, even from herself. When he couldn't have her, he removed himself to the other side of the world and, quite likely, sacrificed himself. And she mourned him for forty years.

{sigh}

What else needs to be said?

Perhaps I love this a little bit more than I normally would because I identify with Ellie, the journalist who discovers forty-year-old love letters in 2003 & sets out to find the author & his lover. One day, when I was college-aged, my grandmother came over with a letter my grandfather had written to her, in 1932 or 1933. He was a young man of about 22, & he had gone to Brooklyn to spend a couple days with some cousins. One night while there, instead of getting up to whatever hi jinks young men could find in Brooklyn in the 30s, he sat at his aunt's kitchen table, & wrote a love letter to the girl he was going to marry. I cried while reading it, 60 years later. I looked at my Gramma when I was finished, with no words to express what I was feeling. "They don't make men like that anymore," she said. "I know," I choked out before sobbing. I had actually received a couple love letters by now, but nothing that could ever compare to this.

This book says everything I was feeling when I read that letter, & when my grandmother shared it with me. You know that there are beautiful love stories unfolding all around you. Some of them are epic & tragic and fateful, like the story told here, of Jennifer & Anthony; most are quiet & barely noticeable to passersby, like my grandparents' life together. But knowing that such a love is possible, a love that is as essential to living as breathing is to surviving, is what allows each of us to take the next chance, after a relationship ends.
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  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
This compelling love story spans two generations, with plot intricacies spun with expertise. The moral question of whether true love should usurp the marriage bond is challenged, delicate subject matter that Moyes handles with care.

The book opens with Jennifer Sterling, waking in the hospital after a car accident, broken and with amnesia. She doesn't remember her husband, her friends, doesn't recognize her home or her own belongings. She also doesn't remember the love affair she was carrying on with another before the accident. Jennifer had been on her way to the train station to run off with her lover when the crash occurred. Until she finds a letter from Anthony, tucked into a romance novel on her shelf.

Puzzling through who he was, and what had been going on between them, Jennifer exists through several months not really knowing who she is, only that she is unhappy in her marriage and in her privileged life. Her husband finally confronts her, telling her that he knew about her affair, and that her lover died in the crash. What follows is only one of the many twists and turns this story takes to keep the reader guessing.

At first, I was off-put by the rather cliche premise of a character waking up with amnesia. The literary quality of Moyes's prose tended to lag through the first few chapters. But it was definitely worth sticking with, since the emotions evoked as we follow the repeatedly sabotaged lovers hits square in the heart.

In the last quarter of the book, we zip forward forty years, and meet a new character in a modern age. Like Jennifer, she is involved in a forbidden love affair, but she is on the opposite side of the story. Her lover is married, and she lives wistfully from each text message to the next, hoping for a someday that most likely will never occur. She begins work on a story for her newspaper, and her research uncovers Anthony's letters - the last letters from a lover.

The way Moyes intertwines the story lines is poetic, almost musical. If you believe in true love, or would like to, I highly recommend hanging on through that somewhat cliche and slightly sluggish start. It's well worth the wait.

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  Frances.S.Brown | Apr 26, 2016 |
It did take me a while to get in to this book but once I did it was a lovely can't put down read.

Yes (I wrote the above via my new samsung phone and I discovered the goodreads app. How fantastic that I can grab my books here at home and scan them.
I a planning on scanning all my true crime books cause that way i can see if all of them were registered. So far I keep finding books I forgot to register.

Okay back to this book.
Perhaps it was a bit annoying and too much coincidences and because of a little time life changing stuff happened. So 5 minutes changes their lives. Not once but more. However she did manage to not make it too obvious and I also liked the story within the story. ( )
  Marlene-NL | Mar 12, 2016 |
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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.

A spellbinding, intoxicating love story with a knockout ending, The Last Letter from Your Lover will appeal to the readers who have made One Day and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society bestsellers.
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More than forty years after a car accident causes Jennifer Stirling to lose her memory on the day she planned to leave her husband for a mysterious lover, journalist Ellie becomes obsessed by the story and seeks the truth in the hopes of revitalizing her career.… (more)

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