The Last Letter From Your Lover: A Novel

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The Last Letter From Your Lover: A Novel

by Jojo Moyes

Penguin Books | June 26, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Last Letter From Your Lover: A Novel is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.

A heartbreaking, stay-up-all-night novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.45 × 5.53 × 0.98 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143121103

ISBN - 13: 9780143121107

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Than Average "Chick Lit" Jennifer Stirling is a typical 1960’s housewife. Typical, that is, for her social standing. She feels she does nothing but decorate her husband’s life, but then that’s what all her friends do as well. Then one morning she wakes up in the hospital, remembering nothing about the accident that put her there, or her life before that. Slowly, through hidden correspondence she finds in the back of her closet, glimpses of her previous life come back to mind. It’s definitely not what she expected. An unhappy marriage? A lover? Plans to run away? All with a man she knows nothing about except that the letters are signed with a “B”. Jump to 2003 when features writer Ellie Haworth finds a copy of one of the letters in a dusty old file in the archives of the newspaper she works for. Too intriguing to ignore and much to the chagrin of her editor, she puts everything else aside to investigate this letter that so touched her heart. As she begins to pull the story together she realizes that the parallels between her story and Jennifer’s are both uncanny and disturbing. This book is told in three distinct parts; Jennifer’s story, Ellie’s story and then, the two collide. It is a love story but it is also so much more than that. It’s a commentary of the differences in women’s roles in the early 1960’s, the beginning of “women’s lib” and the role of women in the 21st century. It also explores, and this is the part I found so fascinating, the differences in the way people correspond with the coming of email, cell phones and text messaging. That in itself so clearly defines the differences in the lives of the two main characters. I really enjoyed this book and, as I came to the last pages, I didn't want the story to end.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I really enjoyed this story as much as Me Before You! Very good story with no slow parts! Would recommend for anyone wanting a light read.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story I loved this book so much that I couldn't wait to finish it so I could write a review and recommend it to friends. I loved reading about Jennifer in 1960. Her life opened my eyes to the "real enough" traditions and ideals of her time. Once the letters stopped, and all of a sudden we were with Ellie in 2003, you could not help but feel invested in this love affair. With both a modern and nostalgic tone to it, you could really imagine the fashion and legacy of the 60s in London.This book would be great for anyone.
Date published: 2012-11-02

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The Last Letter From Your Lover: A Novel

by Jojo Moyes

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.45 × 5.53 × 0.98 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143121103

ISBN - 13: 9780143121107

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Part 1 Chapter 1 OCTOBER 1960   “She’s waking up.” There was a swishing sound, a chair was dragged, then the brisk click of curtain rings meeting. Two voices murmuring. “I’ll fetch Dr. Hargreaves.” A brief silence followed, during which she slowly became aware of a different layer of sound—voices, muffled by distance, a car passing: it seemed, oddly, as if it were some way below her. She lay absorbing it, letting it crystallize, letting her mind play catch-up, as she recognized each for what it was. It was at this point that she became aware of the pain. It forced its way upward in exquisite stages: first her arm, a sharp, burning sensation from elbow to shoulder, then her head: dull, relentless. The rest of her body ached, as it had done when she . . . When she . . . ? “He’ll be along in two ticks. He says to close the blinds.” Her mouth was so dry. She closed her lips and swallowed painfully. She wanted to ask for some water, but the words wouldn’t come. She opened her eyes a little. Two indistinct shapes moved around her. Every time she thought she had worked out what they were, they moved again. Blue. They were blue. “You know who’s just come in downstairs, don’t you?” One of the voices dropped. “That singer. The one who looks like Paul Newman.” “I thought I heard something on the wireless about it. Lend me your thermometer, will you, Vi, mine’s acting up again.
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A heartbreaking, stay-up-all-night novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One

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.

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. Moyes writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian. They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.

Editorial Reviews

“With its realistically complicated characters and emotionally complex plot, The Last Letter from Your Lover is hopelessly and hopefully romantic.” — Chicago Tribune “Crafting a love story that feels not just compelling but true is a very difficult thing indeed—and yet, with The Last Letter from Your Lover , Jojo Moyes has done it twice. I found myself utterly transfixed by both sets of lovers in this marvelous novel. Moyes is a tremendously gifted storyteller, and I''m all admiration.” — Paula McLain , New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife “A fabulous, emotional, and evocative book—perfect for anyone who loves Mad Men .” — Sophie Kinsella , bestselling author of Confessions of a Shopaholic “This story of passion and missed chances—with a twist that provides fresh perspective 40 years later—is entrancing.” — Parade (Top Pick) “A prize-winning, cross-generational love story of missed connections and delayed gratification [that] hits a seam of pure romantic gold. . . . A cliffhanger-strewn tale of heartache in two strikingly different eras [and] a tour de force.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Elegiac . . . emotionally ablaze . . . Moyes’s genuinely captivating tale resonates deeply in today’s fast-paced, less gracious world.” — Publishers Weekly “What’s astonishing about this ingeniously crafted dual love
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