book review

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

12986521A 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.

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The Last Letter From Your Lover is my second Jojo Moyes book, first is the popular Me Before You. And let me just say, Jojo Moyes sure knows how to write an enthralling and compelling story. Just like Me Before You, this one tugged at my heartstrings. Most of the book was focused on the story that happened on the 1960’s with a young woman named Jennifer Stirling, who can’t remember anything after waking up in a hospital bed. She was told that she was in a car accident and that caused her to lose her memory. She found out later on that she is married. But as much as she tried to, she can’t feel anything towards her husband. What she felt are awkwardness and confusion. She feels like people are hiding something from her. Then, she found a letter from someone who simply signed it B, asking her to come with him and leave her husband. And this confused her even more. Who is this man? What kind of woman is she? Does that mean she’s cheating on her husband? But that’s impossible. That kind of behavior is totally unacceptable, especially in her social circle. Either way, she had to find out the truth about herself.

Fast forward to 2003, Ellie Haworth discovers the very same letter. Being a journalist, she became obsessed with it, knowing it can be a good story and might finally be able to salvage her struggling career. She somehow connects to the story as it mirrored her own. She is sleeping with a man who is married and most likely will not leave his wife. She’s hoping the couple on the letter gets a happy ending that is far from happening from her own love story. She started researching about the letter until it became an obsession. Will she ever find out what happened to the lovers 40 years ago?

The first part of the story is slow and a bit too dragging. Jennifer just doesn’t connect with me. I am not even a fan of the lovers as obviously they are cheating on someone, no matter how boring and cold the husband is. Jennifer is a beautiful trophy wife of a rich businessman and I find her shallow for marrying such guy and having an affair later on. Even her lover Anthony, a journalist with a lot of issues is hard for me to like. Good thing everything picks up as I read on and started to understand both the characters. I sympathize with them and then cheer them on afterwards. Only, to be cut down by Ellie’s story just when you are starting to get the feel of everything in Jennifer and Anthony’s story. It was disappointing since I want to know more about them. Yes, the mystery was answered with Ellie’s help but I feel like it will be more effective if she was incorporated early in the story. Like, make Jennifer’s story a flashback. (It makes me think of Alexandra Potter’s Love in Paris.) Having said all that, I still enjoyed the book. Not as much as Me Before You but this one is still a solid one. The characters may be flawed but that just makes them a little bit more realistic. The topic of the story may be a sensitive one, what with infidelity involved but I believe Jojo Moyes managed to pull it off pretty good. The Last Letter From Your Lover is a story about love, missed opportunity, and hope. Is there a happy ending? That’s what you have to find out. I’m just going to say that it has the ending that it deserved.

If you are into love story, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this one like I did. A must-read if you’re a fan of Jojo Moyes. She is starting to be one of my favorites now. Four solid purple hearts for The Last Letter From Your Lover.

RATING: 4/5

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