You know the kinds of books where you can instantly predict what will happen… boy and girl meet, fall in love, something terrible happens, they break it off, then miraculously the last chapter of the book everything is solved and they live happily ever after? Well let me tell you something, this book is nothing like that… in the best possible way.
I’ve been reading too many educational books lately (on that note, I strongly recommend Onward) and I was in need of some “chick lit” to take my mind off of life for a bit. What better world to throw myself into than the 1960’s in London with a mind blowing double love story you instantly get sucked into, one love letter at a time?
I present to you, my raving review of The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes, one of my favorite authors who I’ve been gushing over a lot lately.
Here’s a quick Goodreads summary for those of you who haven’t heard of this book before (you poor souls):
It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply “B”, asking her to leave her husband.
Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper’s archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie’s search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance.
A love story within a love story, amazing character development, complex stories, and an unpredictable storyline that spans decades. It kept me reading until late in the night, but then again it’s Jojo Moyes so I expected nothing less!
I loved how strong the main character, Jennifer Stirling, was. As a young mother and then as a mature adult, she was strategic and thoughtful in everything she did (except for that one time in the coat closet… whoops), never straying too far and always putting her daughter’s happiness first. But in the end I found myself rooting for her to break free of her fears and responsibilities. The sheer fact that as I read I was willing a character to take a step out of her comfort zone proves just how invested I was in the book.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
If you are looking for a beautiful (and tragic) love affair with no predictability, pick this book up immediately. With that, I leave you with a final line from one of the love letters…
Somewhere in this world is a man who loves you, who understands how precious and clever and kind you are. A man who has always loved you and, to his detriment, suspects he always will.
Deep, right? Have I convinced you to read it yet? :)