The Last Letter from Your Lover

The Last Letter from Your Lover

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By (author) Jojo Moyes

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 36mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340961643
  • ISBN 13: 9780340961643
  • Sales rank: 3,453

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A newly rejacketed edition of the 2011 Romantic Novel of the Year, from the bestselling author of Me Before You. When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she doesn't think she'll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband - and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man. In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can't remember anything - her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for. Ellie and Jennifer's stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel - interspersed with real 'last letters'.

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Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and brought up in London. A journalist and writer, she worked for the Independent until 2001. She lives in East Anglia with her husband and three children. Jojo has twice won the Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year Award: in 2011 for The Last Letter From Your Lover and in 2003 for Foreign Fruit. The Ship of Brides and Silver Bay were shortlisted for the 2005 and 2007 RNA award and Silver Bay was shortlisted for the inaugural Good Housekeeping 2007 Book of the Year award. You can read Jojo's blog or find out more from her website, www.jojomoyes.com, follow her on Twitter @jojomoyes or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jojo.moyes.

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By Shelley Cusbert 06 Jul 2011 3

The Last Letter From Your Lover is a novel for romantics who believe that true love can never be denied.
Jennifer Stirling wakes in hospital after a car accident, her memory scattered. She returns home with her husband, who seems little more than a stranger, and tries to pick up the threads of a life she doesn't remember. Disorientated and unhappy, she discovers a love letter hidden in a paperback and pieces together a passionate history with a mystery lover.
Forty years later, Ellie discovers a letter in newspaper archives and is drawn by the parallels in her own life. She sets out to discover what happened to the star-crossed lovers, finding a story of love, betrayal, heartbreak and joy.
The story unfolds in a non linear fashion, Jennifer's story takes place in the 1960�¢â?¬�²s but moves between the past and present to recall memories that she has forgotten, and illustrate the life she is leading. Moyes uses this to build tension and anticipation, providing no answers until the conclusion of the book. Ellie's story begins some forty years later, but I was far less interested in it except where it pertained to finding out what happened to Jennifer and 'Boot'.
I felt for Jennifer much more than I expected to and I could not help but be swept up in the passion and romance she shared with Anthony. Generally I am unforgiving of infidelity but Moyes does well to ground Jennifer in the morality and social expectations of the sixties where women's choices were limited in a way modern women can barely consider. In contrast, I was far less sympathetic to Ellie, whose petulant and entitled attitude grated on me. It exposed a dilemma I am not terribly comfortable with admitting but I believe is a sign of a good book since it made me think.
I wasn't expecting this novel to be so affecting, it is wonderfully written and I thought fondly of the few precious love letters I hoard between the pages of my younger self's diary. More than a love story, The Last Letter From your Lover is an engaging read.

By Shirley Johnson 16 Jun 2011 5

I loved the way this book unfolded with the softness of romance with a twist of intrigue. I missed all the characters when I'd finished it and recommend it to anyone who needs the escape of a good book but have a tissue handy!

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'An utterly absorbing and blissfully romantic read' Daily Telegraph 'Beautifully written ... an exquisite tale of love lost, love found and the power of letter writing.' ***** Sunday Express '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 'The best book of the summer ... a totally un-put-downable read but one that should come with a severe warning: this will make you cry buckets on the beach. Beautiful.' Stylist 'Wonderfully moving and unashamedly romantic ... packed with emotion, it will have you captivated from the very first page' Woman 'Two stories brilliantly intertwine in this unputdownable, top-class romantic read. You'll need to have Kleenex at the ready.' Woman & Home 'A dramatic, romantic tale of lost love letters, broken hearts and hopeful outcomes ... The story is incredibly moving, as Moyes explores the way that love and loss and a few words can make a new life or break a heart' Marie Claire 'A fabulously romantic tale that should inspire you to scribble some love notes of your own' Glamour 'Perfectly balanced - a real page-turner and impossible to put down' ***** News of the World 'Vivid, moving and cleverly constructed. Passion, love and loss are the big themes - prepare to weep' Sainsbury's Magazine 'This poignant novel will make your heart flutter' ***** Heat 'If you are looking for a thoroughly romantic read that will have you grabbing for the tissues with tears of joy and sadness then this is a must read. It's full of warm and wonderful characters and will keep you reading in to the wee small hours not wanting it to end. Pure romance.' Lovereading.co.uk 'Passion, heartbreak, love, loss and second chances link the lives of the two women in this superbly crafted, gripping novel. It's compulsive reading, impossible to put down' Choice 'Stylish, romantic - and a real weepy!' ***** Woman's Own 'The tales are accompanied by real-life 'last letters' that will leave you sobbing' Easy Living 'Lose yourself in this emotional tale!' ***** Star 'Moyes brings intelligence and wit to the traditional romance and this gorgeous novel kept me reading till the small hours.' Saga 'The timeless romance is achingly moving' Candis 'For proper, spellbinding romance, they don't come better than The Last Letter from Your Lover' Sunday Herald 'A wonderful, romantic read' My Weekly 'A wonderful, emotional book - just make sure you put aside enough time to sit down and enjoy it uninterrupted.' www.thebookbag.co.uk 'If you like your thrills romantic, this won't disappoint' ***** SHE Book of the Month A fabulous, emotional and evocative book - perfect for anyone who loves Mad Men Sophie Kinsella 'Epic, romantic and completely and utterly brilliant. My book of the year.' Lisa Jewell 'Exciting, moving, intriguing; the atmosphere's perfect, the plotting is masterly, the characters are brilliant' Penny Vincenzi 'I read it in one giant greedy gulp. Jojo Moyes is a brilliant writer.' India Knight 'I lost myself completely in THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER, I totally adored it. Utterly compulsive and swooningly romantic, it's just perfect.' Jenny Colgan 'This paper does not always look kindly on pink-jacketed pieces of chick lit. But Moyes is that delicious thing: a chick lit authoress more interested in how things are than in Hallmark card-style cliche ... you'll be glued to it right through ... Delicious? Certainly. Tear-jerking? You'll see.' Zoe Strimpel, City A.M. '[Provides] a peek at love through poignant letters ending relationships.' News of the World 'I am evangelical about this book ... properly old-fashioned romantic but it's an amazing amazing piece of plotting ... stunningly romantic ... I think it should win [the Romantic Novel of the Year Award].' BBC Radio 2 Claudia Winkleman