I am rapidly becoming a massive Jojo Moyes fan! I’ve just finished my 3rd Moyes book and have noticed that her books are so much more than just stories. In each of the 3 books of hers I’ve read, she tackles a topic and often has me thinking & seeing the topic in a whole new light.
In Me Before You she tackles the difficult and controversial topic of assisted suicide, in The Girl You Left Behind she looked into the morals and values behind stolen Nazi art. I’ve just finished reading The Last Letter From Your Lover, she takes a look at extra marital affairs, the emotions, morals & values behind them and the far reaching and devastating effects they have not just on the couple involved in the affair but on their families and friends too. Not just that, but this book looks at how communication has changed between individuals in the last 50 years, how differently we talk and communicate, the lost art of letter writing and communicating our true feelings and emotions.
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’.
I absolutely loved the sophisticated writing style of this story & Moyes has an incredible ability to weave two stories into one and switch seamlessly not just between the stories but also between the decades without causing the reader any confusion. The characters are well developed and the story drew me in immediately. I needed and wanted to know more about the Jennifer & Anthony and what happened to them. Not to mention Ellie and the predicament she found herself in.
The only negative I can say about this story is that I felt the title let it down. I’m not really sure what would have been a better title but I don’t believe the one the book has does it justice, I don’t believe it intrigues to gives away the beauty & sophistication of the actual story.
It’s a great read, draws you in, keeps you guessing and hoping and believing in the romance and emotion of words and letters. Really, you simply MUST read this book! It is so much MORE than a romance novel. It’s a statement about love and communication and the lost art of letter writing. It’s a great story that left me wanting more!
You can buy The Last Letter From Your Lover Here:
And if you haven’t already, you simply have GOT TO read Me Before You!!!