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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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Jennifer Stirling is a typical 1960’s housewife. Typical, that is, for her social standing. She feels she does nothing but decorate her husband’s life, but then that’s what all her friends do as well. Then one morning she wakes up in the hospital, remembering nothing about the accident that put her there, or her life before that. Slowly, through hidden correspondence she finds in the back of her closet, glimpses of her previous life come back to mind. It’s definitely not what she expected. An unhappy marriage? A lover? Plans to run away? All with a man she knows nothing about except that the letters are signed with a “B”.

Jump to 2003 when features writer Ellie Haworth finds a copy of one of the letters in a dusty old file in the archives of the newspaper she works for. Too intriguing to ignore and much to the chagrin of her editor, she puts everything else aside to investigate this letter that so touched her heart. As she begins to pull the story together she realizes that the parallels between her story and Jennifer’s are both uncanny and disturbing.

This book is told in three distinct parts; Jennifer’s story, Ellie’s story and then, the two collide. It is a love story but it is also so much more than that. It’s a commentary of the differences in women’s roles in the early 1960’s, the beginning of “women’s lib” and the role of women in the 21st century. It also explores, and this is the part I found so fascinating, the differences in the way people correspond with the coming of email, cell phones and text messaging. That in itself so clearly defines the differences in the lives of the two main characters. If this book has to be classified as “Chick Lit” then it is definitely a dine example of the genre. I really enjoyed this book and, as I came to the last pages, I didn't want the story to end.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
It's 1960 when Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital with no memory. She cannot remember anything about her life, not her husband and not the accident that put her in the hospital. Later, back home and trying to decipher her life, Jennifer discovers a letter. The missive, urging her leave her husband is something else Jennifer doesn't remember. While she doesn't remember the man who wrote to her - it is signed only 'B,' either - it does let her know that her marriage is not everything she has been told.

Jennifer's initial discovery of the letter sets into motion a whole series of events that take place over many years - even decades.

The Last Letter from Your Lover is quite an epic love story that has a lot of back and forth in time periods in the beginning - it can get confusing if you don't pay attention to the dates on the headings. The two main characters are also kept apart a lot but its their separation that grows their relationship and the book.

In the latter section of the book, new characters - one central and some secondary - are added to the story. They help to advance the original story line.

It's a difficult story to summarize, but the way it spans so much time and uses things relevant to the time period (both gender wise and other things I wouldn't have thought of) as well as making things difficult for extra-marital affairs, both for logistically and psychologically on those involved is fantastic.

The Last Letter from Your Lover is a book I picked up while looking for potential books to buy people for Christmas and it was an enjoyable read. I'm not sure it's a book that will stay with your or has any scenes that will stick in your head, but it's definitely worth a read - and one that I'm recommending.

Rating: 8/10
  BookSpot | May 18, 2015 |
I absolutely love Jojo Moye's books! This is one of the most exciting finds for me, 2 new authors in 2014. I will say that Jojo's writing is fabulous, detailed, and the characters are so well done. The only hitch I find is some of the books take so long to get into, they get slow in the middle, but she tweaks something in every book and I'm blown away not seeing it coming! READ! ( )
  mchwest | Apr 28, 2015 |
This book tells two interconnected love stories - one that takes place in the 1960s and one that occurs in 2003. There are a couple of twists that are surprising and unexpected. I like the way Jojo Moyes writes - she never gives in to pat or trite endings but instead writes events and personal reactions that are more true to life. I thought this was a heartwarming, wonderful story - which is not something I say very often about the books that I read. Highly recommended. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Mar 11, 2015 |
I made it to chapter 7 but I just couldn't read it in time to get back to the library. Maybe next time.
I was confused with the story line at first having the chapters alternate between pre & post accident. I want to know what really happened in terms of the car accident so I will need to finish it to find out
  sharlenehsmith | Mar 9, 2015 |
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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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