The Last Letter From your Lover

The Last Letter From your Lover

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The Last Letter From Your Lover
Publisher: London :, Hodder & Stoughton,, 2010
ISBN: 9781461832409
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Apr 28, 2014

Okay, first my rating - somewhere between 4 & 4.5. It was a REALLY good book and a great read.
The first Jojo Moyes book I read was Me Before You and I'm not sure that it didn't' set a bar so high that nothing else will (or can) ever measure up to. I liked this one - a LOT - but I didn't form the emotional connection to it that I did to Me Before You. That said, comparing these two books would be like comparing a carrot to a cucumber. Both are vegetables, but that's where the comparison stops. They're not the same and they're not meant to be. The only way I could tell this was written by the same author was how well written it was. Like Me Before You, the characters are absolutely, beautifully developed - at least the 1960's characters. Not as much Ellie, John, or Rory - but I don't think it's actually Ellie's story - it's Jennifer's & Anthony's; the rest are supporting cast in present day.
I really appreciated getting to know Jennifer, sympathized with her struggle between filling the role society and her family has planned for her, versus being the person she really is. I applauded her development and the way Moyes handled it - there was nothing trite or overly simplified about it. I think there are authors who would have really struggled with this - i.e., she's the oppressed and struggling society wife and then voila, she's miraculously strong and independent. Moyes was much more true to that development. As a reader, I really felt her struggle. It's rare that I would cheer for an out-of-marriage romance to succeed, but the story of Jennifer & Anthony is so beautifully developed (along with Lawrence being such a complete and total jerk) that I found I did.
That's all I really want to say as I don't want to reveal spoilers. I have to confess that there have been times when I get to the "tense" point of a book that I have been known to look for spoilers because I just want to know if it is going to turn out ok. I did that with this one and couldn't find any and I am SO glad - there are enough twists and turns in the last 1/3 to make it fun and I'm glad I didn't know what they were.
Enjoy. . .


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JCLHunterSt Jun 15, 2013

A love story set in England spanning 45 years. It begins with Jennifer Stirling waking up in a hospital, not knowing who she is or how she got there. She discovers she lives a life of comfort and privilege with a husband who is cold and unfeeling. Then she discovers a love letter she has hidden and it is only signed with the letter “B”. She discovers more letters and it takes her 4 years to discover the author of the letters, her lover Boots.

40 years later, Ellie Harworth is sacrificing her sanity and career for a married man and an illicit affair. When she discovers Boot’s letters, she too becomes obsessed with Jenny and Boot’s story and if they end up together.

So it’s really a dual love story. One is taking place in the 1960’s and the other is taking place in the early 2000’s. The book compares and contrasts the two time periods and that was fascinating to me.

So many twists and turns that kept me on an emotional roller coaster and spell bound to the very end.

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