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The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel | [Jojo Moyes]

The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel

A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, 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, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....
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Publisher's Summary

A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times.

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 spellbinding, intoxicating love story with a knockout ending, The Last Letter from Your Lover will appeal to the readers and listeners who have made One Day and The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society best sellers.

©2011 Jojo Moyes (P)2011 Penguin

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    Wendy New Albany, MS, United States 07-02-13
    Wendy New Albany, MS, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring, predictable, and drawn out story!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with more patience than me.


    What was most disappointing about Jojo Moyes’s story?

    I love books - reading and listening to books. It is rare that I do not finish a book, but I could not finish this one. The storyline was not only boring, but predictable and sooo drawn out! I kept thinking it would eventually go somewhere but it did not! I did not care what happened 40 years later so deleted the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Susan Lyons is always a good narrator. Her voice was the only thing pleasant about the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Just the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking this book would get better and wasted a lot of time listening in hopes that it would. This is my first review - I just felt compelled to give my opinion because it is the opposite of the positive reviews I read before buying this book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 12-25-13
    Lulu 12-25-13

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "Disappointed"

    I loved Ms. Moyes two latest books so assumed I would at least like this one too. It is rare that I find an author I really enjoy then run across a book of theirs that I simply can't finish. Georgette Heyer's Sprig Muslin is my other example.

    This book was just entirely too slow. It was full of missed opportunities and miscommunications, and when an author uses those two tools to move her plot along, I am always frustrated.

    I felt some sympathy for the primary protagonists, but felt that their actions did nothing but perpetuate their problems. So I never felt attached to them.

    Everyone seemed unhappy or depressed all the time. In Ms. Moyes two latest books there are meaningful reasons for the characters to feel this way. The characters face death, war, loss. Valid reasons to be unhappy. In this book the character's troubles are not catastrophic. Outside forces aren't really in control of their lives. And they are in situations they themselves can control.

    I am not certain if Ms.Moyes is maturing into her writing skills - this book was written prior to Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind - or if The Last Letter is an aberration. I will definitely try another of her books. Bu I cannot recommend this one.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Mont Vernon, NH, United States 10-14-13
    Susan Mont Vernon, NH, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2013

    lilly

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    "Not much happens"

    I loved Me Before You so thought I would try this one. It's basically a romance novel, like a Nicholos Sparks book. It wasn't for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Turner Coram, NY United States 07-22-15
    Lisa Turner Coram, NY United States 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous"

    This was a wonderful read, I wanted to scream at certain parts but I was truly enthralled with the turns this story took.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy 07-21-15
    Dorothy 07-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "touched my heart."

    All I can say is, if you have not read this book, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.
    Narration super, story superb! LOVED,LOVED,LOVED IT!!!!
    I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I think that this one equals it. I am a big fan now and will look for more of Jojo's stories. I love when all of my emotions are spoken to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 06-16-15
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 06-16-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    "Jojo Moyes is always a winner"
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    This is another great Jojo Moyes story. It starts in 1960 and finishes in 2003.
    It has some wonderful twists in the story that I wasn't expecting. All in all, another lovely story and well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy G. Poteat Woodleaf, NC USA 05-25-15
    Amy G. Poteat Woodleaf, NC USA 05-25-15 Member Since 2014

    princess

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    "Wonderful"

    The romance by JoJo is so wonderfully portrayed that you can feel it within yourself....you want it for yourself. I love a good book that literally takes me away! Very sweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elizabeth bolton, CT, United States 05-12-15
    elizabeth bolton, CT, United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful story -Beautifully done"

    I had a hard time connecting with the characters at first but see now the necessity of the way the story began. I don't think there is another writer out there right now who can capture the human essence the way this author does I don't have the words to describe how deeply this book affected me and how it has caused me to reexamine the choices we make and the timing of those choices. What if one choice costs years? Absolutely beautiful.

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    hoytann 04-24-15
    hoytann 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Stories with a Twist"

    Two star crossed couples, two different time periods, same problems! This story was captivating because the characters were so well developed. I became so engrossed in their lives, I found myself worrying about them when I wasn't listening. Definitely worth listening to/ reading.

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    Heidi 04-20-15
    Heidi 04-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A true love story of star crossed lovers."

    I liked how the book forced the reader to imagine what life was like, before the age of computers, texting and gender equality. I imagine this would be an interesting read if you were contemplating an extra marital affair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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