Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Review: Jojo Moyes - The Last Letter From Your Lover

Hi!

I have only recently started reading Jojo Moyes' books - I've no idea why I was so late to that particular party, but I got there eventually with the purchase of Me Before You a few months ago. I devoured it, I adored it, I cried at the end, then I cried again because I had finished it. You know something is good when you actually miss it, and that's how I felt after reading Me Before You. I picked another of her novels up a few weeks ago, the 2010 release The Last Letter From Your Lover.

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As always, I'll start off with the back cover:

"Know this at least: somewhere in this world is a man who loves you... 
A man who has always loved you and, to his detriment,
suspects he always will."

1960. Jennifer Stirling lives a life of luxury with her wealthy husband. On paper, she has it all. In reality, she's dangerously devoted to another man who is asking her to risk everything...

2003. Ellie Haworth works as a journalist for a national newspaper and is in love with a charming writer. On paper, she should be happy. In reality, her career is foundering and the man who holds her heart belongs to someone else...

When Ellie stumbles upon a set of passionate love letters from the 1960s, both women's lives entwine. And as she pieces together the fragments of the past romance, what she unearths dramatically transforms her life, and Jennifer's in the process.

The book starts off in the present day, from Ellie's point of view. She's involved with a married man, running away from all the problems in her life, and refuses to believe that she is anything other than blissfully happy. When she discovers a love letter from the 1960s, it has such a profound effect on her that she resolves to get to the bottom of it.

From about page 20 on, we are taken back in time to the 1960s to the life of Jennifer Stirling and her husband Laurence - a wealthy, successful, glamourous couple. Jennifer has just woken up from a car accident that left her with a damaged arm and a head injury that rendered her unable to remember great chunks of her life. To the outside world, Jennifer and Laurence are the perfect couple. But all is not well - along with Jennifer's partial memory loss, there are a circle of people who seemingly don't want her to remember every detail of her life before the accident, a husband who is losing his patience at her inability to just accept the here and now and stop asking questions, a housekeeper who knows more than she's letting on - and Jennifer is left feeling like a huge part of her life is missing.

When she stumbles upon letters written with more passion and love for her than she could ever imagine her husband showing, she is determined to find out more about who wrote them, what happened to him, and why they aren't together.

I LOVED the way this book was written. I loved that the majority of the book was entirely devoted to Jennifer's story, and the romance was so beautiful and passionate. I loved that we weren't jumping from the 60s to the 00s every second chapter - because Ellie's story, while the catalyst for later events, is not the main point of this book, and to be honest, I didn't find her very likeable. I adored Jennifer and her lover. The longing they had for each other in their encounters had me in tears more than once.

I don't want to say too much in case I spoil it, which I would hate to do, because it's truly such a beautiful story to watch unfold - but I can say that I picked this up at 12 pm today and couldn't put it down until I had every last page read. Not too many books do that for me anymore - I've some on my reading list that I'm dreading trying to get through.

An utterly timeless love story - make sure you have tissues for the end.


18 comments:

  1. Jojo Moyes is quite a new discovery for me too and I've read the same two books as you in the past few months! I also loved them both - she has such a unique style and like you, I feel quite bereft when I finish them. Another AMAZING discovery of mine has been Elizabeth Haynes... Revenge of the Tide & Into the Darkest Corner were both fabulous.

    Nic x

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    1. Ooh I'll add those to my list, thank you Nic! x

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  2. I cannot wait to read this! Looks so good! I'm the same about having books on my to-read list I'm not particularly relishing the thoughts of reading so it's lovely having something like this to look forward to! x

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    1. You'll adore it, it's just so beautiful. The writing is amazing, I couldn't put it down x

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  3. This looks really good...I'm going to have to grab it!

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    1. I loved it, need to get some more of her books x

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  4. I haven't read any Jojo Moyes but it sounds brilliant - It's so rare that you want to keep reading a book, but don't want it to end! Will definitely keep an eye out x

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    1. That's exactly it, I'd definitely recommend this or Me Before You to start off with, both beautiful stories, don't know how she does it! x

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  5. I loved this book, have you read me before you, its also amazing!!! Ive just started the girl you left behind, cant wait to get stuck in!!!

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    1. I want to read that one next! Me Before You was beautiful as well, two brilliant books x

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  6. Great review, they always make me wanna go buy the books immediately :) This sounds like it woudl be right up my alley, I love a good love story and a lil cry to go along with it :)

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    1. Aw thanks Vicki x It's definitely a love story, so gorgeous and I actually miss it - how can you miss a book?! Mad x

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  7. I love JoJo Moyes too. Me before You blew me away and broke my heart. Great review, hopefully it will help more people discover how great this author is as I think she is far too underrated.

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    1. I agree Trish, I can't believe I'd never heard of any of her books apart from Me Before You! Thank you x

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  8. This is the book I'm currently reading :) I'm somewhere in the middle right now and I love it! Unfortunately I'm busy lately and I don't have time to read but I enjoy whenever I do.

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    1. I'm so glad you love it, I loved it so much! I hope you get to finish it soon x

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