The first book I ever read by Jojo Moyes was Me Before You. That book made me cry but I enjoyed it immensely. After reading that book, I became a fan. She writes well and her story lines are very good. Therefore, I didn’t hesitate to read The Last Letter from Your Lover. I must admit, the title got me, too. However, title and author aside, when I read the snippet of a love letter before the first chapter, I was totally captured. I had to read that book. Then, added to that, I read the first few pages and that was it. No turning back. She had me.
A Brief Encounter for our time, The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply “B,” from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age.
The book was very riveting and it was also full of suspense. At one point, I was reading it before bed and I was really tired and sleepy. I kept reading because I really wanted to know what happened to the lover after all. I admit it, I skipped forward a few chapters to see and, satisfied, I went to bed. Then as I woke up I continued reading. It is that good. My friend chastised me for doing that but I just had to know! And I am sure you won’t believe she actually wanted me to tell her what happened in a particular situation. The suspense was killing her, too! Yes, the book has that effect. (And no, I didn’t tell ;) ).
I am fascinated by love stories and love letters, especially those that were from years ago. To me, everything seems to have been more intense back then, including the emotions and the expression of emotions. Once, my sisters and I found some old love letters written to our aunt. A-ma-zing. No one has ever written me a love letter uncoerced before but, hey, there is still time :).
This book, like The Girl You Left Behind, spans more than one generation. When I read the summary, the thought crossed my mind that I would keep remembering and comparing this one to that one but it wasn’t the case after all. Love letters aside, the main present-day character, Ellie, is quite likeable. I liked her a lot. Although she made some silly decisions it is heartening to know that she actually comes to her senses. I’m sure you will like her too and wish her story turns out just as good as the one from the generation before.
Finally, all I’ll say is I love a good romance. I love love letters. And I loved this book.
Favourite Quotes (Just a few but I liked so many parts!)
“I was once told by someone wise that writing is perilous as you cannot always guarantee your words will be read in the spirit in which they were written.”
“Somewhere in this world is a man who loves you, who understands how precious and clever and kind you are. A man who has always loved you and, to his detriment, suspects he always will.”
“If all we are allowed is hours, minutes, I want to be able to etch each of them on to my memory with exquisite clarity so that I can recall them at moments like this, when my very soul feels blackened.”
“You know, you can’t make someone love you again. No matter how much you might want it. Sometimes, unfortunately, the timing is simply…off.”
“Believe me, you have to have a certain confidence in your powers of discretion to let a dentist loose with a drill in your mouth less than an hour after you’ve…um…entertained his wife.”
I would recommend this book to:
- Anyone who loves a good love story (or two).
- Fans of Jojo Moyes
- Maybe persons who liked The Girl You Left Behind
My rating: Loved it – 5 out of 5 stars
2015 Reading Challenge – #29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.