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
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Predictable and formulaic sum it up. Moyes wrote the moving and powerful, "Girl You Left Behind" and penned the entertaining, yet doomed relationship in "Me Before You" and this offering is only one step above a romance novel. Main character, Jennifer never showed why the men in her life were obsessed with her, other than her blonde hair and perfect posture. Stayed with it out of respect for her other works, but the more I waited, the less I was rewarded with tired, regurgitated details and banal ending. The narrator had a lovely voice, but her performance couldn't save this fluff. I would still try a new book written by Jo Jo Moyes, but this one was disappointing.
Just as Me Before You was a wonderful listen, so was The Last Letter From Your Lover. I know because I felt like I was living with the characters and am thinking about it even though I finished days ago. My ambition is to read or listen to all of the author's books.
Say something about yourself!
Poignant. Delicate. Timeless.
Romeo and Juliet... a story that captures what just a few minutes and poor communication can do. The charm of the story is realizing that in 1960, without cell phones, text messages and e-mail, how easy it was to miss the love of your life by mere moments.
She does a beautiful job. I love her voice and thinks she captures the emotion of each character well without adopting strange affected voices for each one.
Yes, but I don't want to ruin the story by telling you what it was... sorry.
I noticed several hitches in the editing where natural breaks were skipped. It didn't take away from the story, but I expect better quality.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
The only other JoJo Moyes book I had read prior to listening to The Last Letter from your Lover was Me Before You, which I really enjoyed. However, this book took me through a deep range of emotions and I was entranced. Heartbreak and triumph, happiness and sadness. Wonderful characters and wonderful, real relationships. This is a great story and the writing is beautifully and artfully done. Bravo! Can't wait to read One plus One.
I definitely would listen to this story again. Both the reader and the story as well as the characters kept me interested.
It was a wonderful love story and who can resist a story when the characters of lost love re-connect in the end.
Definitely worth your time!
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.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
I enjoyed this story and the narrator was very good. I did think the story went a bit over long but other than that it was good. I would recommend it.
Jennifer of course. She went through so much.
Haven't listened to any others.
That the letters/files were never given to Anthony, they were forgot about for over 40 years, tragic.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
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.
This is the best of Jojo Moyes' books in my opinion. Even better then her two books which are presently on the NYTimes best seller list.
Susan Lyon's performance is simply wonderful!
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