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The Last Letter from Your Lover

A Novel

by Jojo Moyes

The Last Letter from Your Lover
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2011
    400 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

Awarded 2011 Romantic Novel of the Year by the UK Romantic Novelists' Association

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"The Last Letter from Your Lover is unquestioningly romantic but, unfortunately, I find myself unable to recommend it. The first section could have been lifted from the script of a bad 1960s movie. It's predictable, melodramatic and the characters are complete stereotypes. Even the writing is poor; several times I had to re-read sentences while attempting to figure out what the author was trying to say or to whom a conversation was referring, greatly interrupting the flow of the novel. The chapters were laid out in a confusing manner as well, jumping between the few months before and the few months after the heroine's accident with an inconsistency that was maddening. The only positive thing I can say about this first section is that it paints a good picture of British society in the early 1960s, when pregnant women drank alcohol, smoking was ubiquitous, and racist and sexist attitudes were de rigueur.

The second section is somewhat better in that the writing is more natural, less over-the-top, and the characters are more likeable and three-dimensional. The plot, though, is still terribly predictable and isn't enough to overcome the deficiencies of the rest of the book." - Kim Kovacs

Others Say
"British journalist/novelist Moyes's (Horsedancer) latest book is the perfect read for those who enjoy a more serious romance as well as a British turn of phrase..." - Library Journal

"Starred Review. A nicely judged sense of period and the author's full-blooded commitment lend heartfelt emotion to simple characters in a tour de force of its kind." - Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully written... an exquisite tale of love lost, love found and the power of letter writing." - Sunday Express (UK)

"An utterly absorbing and blissfully romantic read." - Daily Telegraph (UK)

"A gorgeously romantic and partner-ignoringly compulsive read... Immaculately paced, genuinely touching and stuffed with Mad Men-esque period details, it's a page-turner that loves words themselves." - Independent on Sunday (UK)

"A fabulous, emotional and evocative book..." - Sophie Kinsella, author of Confessions of a Shopaholic

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Not your Average Romance Book
Entertaining enough at first to keep my interest in continuing to read it...towards the end I could not put it down. A romantic book with a twist!

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Add me to the legions of fans of JoJo Moyes. I’m not exactly certain how to classify her books but women’s contemporary fiction suits as well as anything. The two I’ve read were love stories at their core. Some would call them romance, not me. Romantic perhaps.

It is 1960. Jennifer Stirling is hospitalized, suffering from memory loss due to a severe car accident. This alone caught my attention as what the brain will forget when stressed interests me. When released she goes home to her husband and we can feel her confusion and awkwardness as she tries to regain consciousness of who she is or was for that matter. Something seems off. Then she finds a letter with an impassioned plea for her to chuck her life and meet said composer at the train station. It is signed B. Who is this man and why would Jennifer consider giving up her privileged life to follow him? The reader will find out all in a story told in dual time frames over a span of 40 years.

Essentially a thriller reader in need of a feelgood story now and then I am often left cold by forced sentimentality or down right sappiness. The Last Letter From Your Lover evoked feelings of sadness, both hopefulness and hopelessness, nostalgia and a yearning hunger for a love letter of my own. Aptly titled, I loved it.

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Jojo Moyes Author Biography

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Jojo Moyes (named after the Beatles' song) was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30 she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University. In 1992 She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University, and apart from 1994 when she worked in Hong Kong for the Sunday Morning Post, she worked at The Independent for 10 years, including stints as Assistant news editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.

She has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Jojo has twice won the Romantic Novelists' ...

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