The Last Letter from Your Lover (Paperback)
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DescriptionA 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'.
- Published: 02 March 2011
- Format: Paperback 512 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780340961643 ISBN 10: 0340961643
- Sales rank: 2,734
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Reviews for The Last Letter from Your Lover
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 1960Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã?Â²s 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 Shelley Cusbert
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! by Shirley Johnson