Read: January 2017
A sophisticated, page-turning double love story spanning forty years-an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times.
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.
When I started reading this book — I think it’s my 5th Jojo Moyes book — I wasn’t totally into it. In fact, I thought I wouldn’t get into it at all, which is maybe because I started it at bedtime and was sleepy and just didn’t have the time to get into it. That’s probably it because once I got into it, it was like, OH MY GOD — this is my favourite Jojo Moyes book (which is what I say after reading all of her books!).
The synopsis says it’s a dual love story, but really, I felt like there was only one love story in the whole book. I loved how romantic it all was and that it took place in the 60’s and even though coming to the present was just a little jarring (since SO much had changed over 40 years), it was still such a great, great read. I loved Jennifer and I loved Ellie so much and even though Ellie’s love story was just a little too modern for me, it was still very fitting for this book. Actually, as I was reading, I couldn’t help but compare Ellie to Kate Winslet’s character in The Holiday — they were very similar!
I think once I hit the 40% mark of reading this, I just couldn’t put it down. Jojo Moyes just creates these spellbinding, whirlwind, and epic romances that just sweep you off your feet! I’m glad I have a copy of this for my shelf and I really can’t wait to read another book by her — I’m happy I still have lots to catch up on. She’s a fantastic author!