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My decision to read this is because it will be released as a movie staring Shailene Woodley and Felicity Jones later this year. Meyers writes a compelling story that will hopefully turn the tale into a legitimate production and not a saccharine Hallmark theme. It's a tale of extramarital lovers that are polarized by events only to be discovered a generation later through lost letters.
JoJo Moyes created a story that spans 40 + years. . The characters and their conversational language changes with the times . Backward and forward in time making you think about what was really happening.
I found myself really liking most of the characters and able to empathize with them.
It kept my interest to the last page and was satisfied with the story and its messages.
I wish I could say that I truthfully liked this book, but I can’t. It isn’t that the author isn’t a good writer and she has an interesting story line. She makes it so you want to read on and find out what happens, but the book can sort of bring you down with its hopelessness. Yes, in the end things work out, but so many years have passed, and i find it hard to believe that people’s lives and ideas of others wouldn’t change along with time. I didn’t care for the length of time betweeen Jessica and Anthony’s reuniting, and then boom! The whole story’s quest ends and takes off with new characters!
I didn’t really care for Ellie at all. She seemed like she was so willing to be used and throughout, by allowing this use, underestimated her worth.
Adultery is a dead-end street. This book shows some of that, but it also sort of glamorizes it. I don’t agree with its glamorization.
This was a great story, if not a little bit of a slow read for me. Not one to keep me up wondering about what was going to happen if I didn't read the next chapter, but would be great if ever adapted to the big screen.
This one had me in AGONY and up all night. How two people could miss connecting by mere minutes or threads of communication for YEARS on end! The guilt, the self punishment, the constraints of society in the 1960's.....Honestly, if it weren't for the young reporter I would have thrown this book against the wall. And I absolutely LOVE the abrupt ending, leaving all to the imagination. THIS is typical JoJo for you!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jojo Moyes is a gifted storyteller. Her writing is brilliant and she really knows how to engage her readers. I'm obsessed with her books and I still have 5 more of them to read. The Last Letter from Your Lover is a good romance novel that's perfect for a Saturday spent a home or a trip to the beach. To be quite honest, I don't need a specific setting to enjoy Moyes' novels; that's how hooked I am on her stories.
My third Jojo Moyes book and I am becoming a fan. Love is simple yet so complicated and this book is a truly poignant love story. Couldn't put it down and every page kept me captivated by the characters. For anyone struggling at the beginning I'd just recommend you pay attention to the dates.
Whoa...what a concept. I devoured this novel by the author of "Me Before You." I would recommend this and "The Girl You Left Behind" as some of Moyes' stronger books.
I was intrigued by the summary on the book flap of this novel. The plot had many twists that had the reader agonizing for each of the main characters. I highly recommend this novel for romance readers and those who love to explore the foibles of humans. I shall certainly be searching for more books by this author.
A nicely done romance, weaving together the 1960's & present day. Some of JoJo's stuff can be uneven, but this a strong novel; the characters are well drawn & believable.
A beautifully written story, With characters you find yourself hoping and wanting good things for. I found myself looking for her other novels and was not disappointed. A good read.
Good book from Jojo. After reading Me Before You I had to go back to read her older stuff. I just love this author! This is a nice romance with a touch of An Affair to Remember. One of the main themes is extra-marital romances but I like that each situation was considered separately rather than treating them the same.
Jojo Moyes is a very engaging writer and has a talent for weaving a very heart warming book.
Another captivating read from Jojo Moyes. The protagonist, Jennifer Stirling, awakens from a coma after a horrific auto crash, having no memory of what and why. She later finds love letters (not from her husband) - the book fluctuates between the time before the accident and the present. While not as great as Me Before You, Last Letter... was poignant and intricate, I am on a mission to read all of her books, whenever I can obtain them from the library. This is not an ordinary romance/love lost novel!
Although I agree with the previous comments--it's an engaging, satisfying page-turner--I would like to warn you against giving up on it in the early going, as I almost did. I found the beginning uninteresting, not living up to the cover description, but I pressed on and soon became very involved. Even at that point, though, I briefly thought that it seemed too much of a soap opera, but continued and was well rewarded. Another point is that it's necessary to make note of the dates that indicate time shifts and keep them in mind. Enjoy!
Love does not exist like this in reality therefore I am so thankful for Moyes' fiction. Each time I read her novels, I become a bigger fan. The dual romances spanning over two time frames makes for page-turning reading. The complicated characterization paired with clever plot elements are delightful.
I enjoy how this writer portrays women, her books might be aimed primarily at women, but the characters are not sappy romantics. They're much more real than that, and the plot-lines keep me reading to see where she heads next, so they're not predictable.
Should be a movie! It had me enthralled! I at first was disappointed with the change of writing style when it switched to the "present" but then admired her ability to do so, as she did capture the way things really are now (in terms of communication, etc).
It had me gasping, sighing and remarking out loud "No, this can't happen!". This is not the norm for me.
Well worth the read. So well written, you can visualize it and feel it.
Excellent book. Young married woman who thought her lover died in a car accident only to find out that her husband had been hiding the truth from her. She was suffering from a head injury and as a result, loss part of her memory. Story travelled back and forth in time, monthwise. Forty years later, a reporter with the London's Nation newspapers went out to find out about this unhappy affair. A very intriguing read!
Discover: A passionate page-turner that pays homage to the lost art of letter writing and the power of love.
"London 1960: Jennifer Stirling wakes in a hospital to learn that she has survived a terrible car accident. She is the wife of a wealthy business magnate who provides Jennifer with a life some women only dream of. The problem is, Jennifer can't recall who she is or who she was--until she discovers a heartfelt love letter signed with the letter "B," asking her for forgiveness and to leave her husband. It proves to be just the jolt Jennifer's memory needs in reconstructing the past and a love affair she only half-remembers.
JoJo Moyes (Sheltering Rain; The Peacock Emporium) structures this captivating romance in chapters named for the months surrounding the fateful accident in 1960, and weaves a tale that ultimately unravels in 2003. A modern-day journalist, Ellie, caught in a complicated love affair of her own, discovers love letters misfiled in a newspaper archive. Searching for meaning in her own life and a story that might save her career, she sets out to find and reunite the lovers immortalized on the page. But is it too late?
At times, the shifts of chronology might make the reader feel as off-balance as Jennifer in does piecing together the facts that resulted in the accident and its tragic aftermath. But Moyes is an intelligent, engaging storyteller who lures the reader through the complexities of the narrative via dramatic twists and turns of missed opportunities, glitches that keep lovers apart and cliff-hangers that build up reader expectation only to deliver the unexpected." --Kathleen Gerard, blogger at Reading Between the Lines