The Last Letter from Your Lover

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A heartbreaking, stay-up-all-night novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One

A Brief Encounter for our time, The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an ...

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Overview

A heartbreaking, stay-up-all-night novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One

A Brief Encounter for our time, The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply "B," from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Elegiac yet emotionally ablaze, what could have been merely another love story is instead a graceful examination of grand events. In 1960s England, 27-year-old Jennifer Stirling awakens in the hospital after a terrible accident, suffering acute memory loss. As the past makes its too-slow return, Jennifer employs the skillful deception of an actress in order to cope, but soon realizes that she doesn't love her husband, a man of great wealth from mining operations in the Congo. Stumbling across a haunting love letter sent to her by a man identified only as "B," Jennifer tries to reconcile what is clearly a great passion with the crippling social mores of her day and class. As she examines her heart and mind, the story skips from London to the French Riviera and the Congo in the midst of an anticolonial war. In 2003, English journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles across one of B's letters to Jennifer while researching a story, dragging her into ancient passions and sparking her to examine her own heart. With poetic prose and affecting characters, Moyes's (Night Music) genuinely captivating tale resonates deeply in today's fast-paced, less gracious world. (July)
Library Journal
Jennifer Stirling, recovering from a car crash that almost killed her, suffers from amnesia. Nothing feels familiar, her friends seem like strangers, and as she begins to suspect that her marriage is a sham, she discovers a mysterious letter from a lover whose identity she can't remember. She knows him only as "B." What follows is an engrossing saga of love found then lost, crossed paths, and missed opportunities. This romantic tale bounces between the present and the past, examining the depths of love and the decisions made while in its throes. Although portions of the plot are somewhat predictable (the loyal secretary secretly in love with her boss) and the premise a tad unlikely, none of this matters because the reader will be drawn in by the characters, the time period (the early 1960s), and the multilayered story. VERDICT British journalist/novelist Moyes's (Horsedancer) latest book is the perfect read for those who enjoy a more serious romance as well as a British turn of phrase ("darling, be a dear and fetch me another drink"). Reminiscent of Janice Y.K. Lee's The Piano Teacher (but with more likable characters) or Jamie Ford's The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, it will appeal to fans of those titles. [See Prepub Alert, 1/17/11.]—Julie K. Pierce, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL
Kirkus Reviews

A prize-winning, cross-generational love story of missed connections and delayed gratification hits a seam of pure romantic gold.

Star-crossed is an understatement for the ill-fated love between trophy wife Jennifer Stirling and hard-drinking journalist Anthony O'Hare in British writer Moyes' cleverly constructed, cliffhanger-strewn tale of heartache in two strikingly different eras. Jennifer and Anthony meet in the South of France in that strait-laced time just before the 1960s blew social conventions apart. Jennifer, married to a powerful businessman whose fortunes derive from asbestos, is a Grace Kelly look-alike, beautiful and seemingly blessed with a perfect life. But as the story opens with her attempts to reconstruct her existence after post–traffic-accident amnesia it becomes apparent that her marriage has a cold heart compared to recently experienced passion. Held back by convention and fear, she hesitates to grasp her first chance at happiness. Later, other and larger impediments stand between the two lovers whose commitment finds expression in letters which come to light again 40 years later in the library of a relocated newspaper. Journalist Ellie Haworth, involved with a married man, is moved by the words and starts to piece the story together, in the process coming to a different understanding of what love really means.

A nicely judged sense of period and the author's full-blooded commitment lend heartfelt emotion to simple characters in a tour de force of its kind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143121107
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 34,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. Moyes writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian. They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Don't miss this one!

    This beautiful poignant story is not a light-weight romance but an emotional roller coaster with lots of exciting twists and turns that won't allow you to put the book down In 1960, Jennifer Stirling had an accident and woke up with no memory of her past. When she tried to fit into her mysterious life, everything seemed like a distant dream, including her husband. She stumbled onto some passionate love letters addressed to her from "Boot". The excitement begins here. It's so worth your time. Don't miss this one!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Sweet and a good clean read!

    I really loved this book - Very good plot line and nice characters. It went along at a good pace. It was very enjoyable. I highly recommend it! THE CHATEAU by CD SWANSON was also a fantastic read! I loved it! Great herione, great storyline - twists and turns and surprised all throughout the book. Easy read, and I never saw any of what happened coming! Good romance and good action! I highly recommend it!!!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    Good read

    Jojo Moyes is a fantastic writer. This is my first book I read and I enjoyed it.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2012

    A bit long, well written, nice read.

    I guess when I was eyeing this book, my mind was thinking of the movie An Affair to Remember. I didn't quite feel the pull at my heartstrings with this story though, so I was a little disappointed. I thought the romance that developed between Boot & Jenny dragged on too long; the same passion and love they felt for each other could have been conveyed in a shorter amount of writing. Maybe the author was putting more time into explaining the content, the culture, societial views, expectations of that past time, but I wanted the storyline to move. The only emotional attachment I felt was for the love letters but not much for the characters. The last third of the book was what I was waiting for; it had the sparks, the romance, the thrilling anticipation, and got you involved. I enjoyed this pair's romance and story much much more. I liked how the author tied everything together, the differences and the similiarities between lives, generations, and time, and how the story ended. Overall, it was a good read but the beginning was slow to get through.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    You Will Not Be Able To Put This Book Down!

    I cannot say enough about how wonderfully written this story is. The author gives us a captivating tale of not only love and relationships, but about perseverance and self-worth. The characters are so lovely and you will see each one, feel the emotions they are feeling, and be completely drawn into their stories until the very end. Set in the 1960's in England, a young woman of wealth gets into a terrible car accident and suffers from amnesia as a result of her injuries. As she recovers she discovers that she feels out of place in her marriage and her circle of friends until she realizes she has fallen in love with another man. As it all comes together we are taken on a journey spanning over 40 years and intertwined in the relationships of these star crossed lovers. Written with poise, charm and elegance, Jojo Moyes tells a story that you are not going to want to end, and it will stay with you long after you've finished the book.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    A wonderful love story.

    It is a story that tuggs at your heart. Wonderful characters that you can visualize. I can see the story with truth as my mom was married during the 60"s with no job, education, and unable to brake the model of wife. The meaning and consequences of divorce in the 60's is completely different then it is today.

    Such an enjoyable story that will stay with you for smetime!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Good summer read.

    Nice story but utterly predictable. I read it on vacation, turned the pages quickly and then just as quickly it became a distant and pleasant memory. There are some nice historical touches, but the characters are one dimenensional.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    This is a charming relationship drama

    In 1960, following a car accident that hospitalized her in a comatose sate, twenty-seven years old Jennifer Stirling wakes up. However, her injury leaves her with amnesia; she does not recall the accident that left her in her current condition or anything else.

    Her Husband visits her almost every night and Jennifer knows in her heart she does not love this wealthy man who has made a fortune exploiting mining operations in the war ravaged Congo. When she finds a passionate haunting love letter from a "B" Jennifer knows the unknown author is her beloved. Still, she also struggles with what is acceptable behavior amongst her English social class in London.

    In 2003, English journalist Ellie Haworth researches a story in her newspaper's morgue when she finds a B letter to Jennifer. Feeling the love "B" had for his Jennifer, Ellie looks deep inside her heart to her grand passion as she tries to learn whether "B" and "J" had a happy ever after.

    This is a charming relationship drama starring an incredible cast especially the two letter writers and the reporter who investigates their tale. Character driven, fans will relish this bittersweet romance as love proves not enough yet lasts forever in spite of time and place separation. Jojo Moyes provides a wonderful story that romanticists will relish.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Boo

    Another possible good book ruined by the egotistical harriet klausner and her cliff note plot spoiler. She needs to be banned and all her plot spoilers deleted. That person is a menace.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Just okay

    Skimmed throuh a lot of this of 340 page book. Did not hold my interest very well, because it was very predictable, and rather boring. It repeated the same actions over and over. Well edited. Sexual situations. 18 and up

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Way too long and drawn out.

    This story could have been told in a much more interesting manner; one which keeps you interested and waiting for what happens next. Instead, you read and read to find out some small detail. Much too wordy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

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    Loved it!

    I'll say it plainly and simply. I loved The Last Letter from Your Lover. This novel has love letters, a London backdrop and star crossed lovers all woven beautifully into a plot that takes hold of you and does not let you go. My heart ached as I read.

    Author Jojo Moyes does an excellent job at giving this novel a mysterious atmosphere as well as unexpected twists and turns. I felt like I was discovering clues alongside Jennifer, the answers were right on the periphery of her vision, yet far from her grasp. She longs to remember her life before the accident. I could not help but wonder what happened to her mystery lover. I won't say much about her love, except "wow". He blew me away and their courtship had me on the edge of my seat.

    Oh my gosh, the love letters. They are simply signed with the initial "B" so Jennifer cannot remember who he is. "B" by the way is the initial of the first name of a character in a novel who Jennifer nicknamed her love after.

    These love letters are the kind that make you sigh and hug the book when you read them.
    Jennifer is a well developed character, she is unhappy with her life and her four year marriage seems to be one of convenience. Her character grows throughout the story and heartbreak changes her in a realistic way.

    I found that everything came together beautifully, from the different characters to the turns of events that occurred. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next, I found myself stunned, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

    The storyline goes back and forth from Jennifer waking up with amnesia and trying to remember her life, to how she met her mystery man and fell into a torrid affair with him. Towards the end, the story jumps forward to 2003 where a journalist named Ellie Haworth discovers one of the long lost love letters and want to find out whatever happened to these people. At first this jump in time upset me because I was so immersed in Jennifer and B's love story but I found myself involved in Ellie's storyline as well.

    There's a quote by William Styron that goes, ..A good book should leave you slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it... That about sums how I felt about The Last Letter from Your Lover. This book will make my top reads of 2013 and is officially one of my all time favorites.


    Disclaimer:
    This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I purchased my copy of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Wonderful, and heartfelt story

    So much more than just a romance. I could not stop reading this story. The characters were so real; I felt as though I was in their stories. Definitely a few tears. Amazing read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    I loved this book. It should be required reading by every wife

    I loved this book. It should be required reading by every wife who has been betrayed by infidelity. It presents in story form, how each participant in an adulterous relationship is affected and doesn't sugar coat the impact cheating has on everyone. The story made me cry and laugh. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Highly enjoyable-don't miss out!

    It's 1960 and we start the book to find Jennifer Stirling waking up in the hospital and not being able to remember anything. Who is she, why is she in the hospital, and what exactly is she missing? While she's trying to figure out the answers, she comes across a love letter, signed "B." asking her to run away with him. Who is he? And what happened to them? That's the question bothering Ellie Haworth, a young journalist in 2003, when she stumbles onto one of the letters signed by "B." Maybe she'll find out what's happened to them and in doing so figure out her won complicated love affair with a married man.

    I really need to start getting with the times. I can not believe it has taken me this long to track down a copy of this book and actually read it! It's phenomenal! The book starts off with a bang and we're off trying to piece together what happened to Jennifer and who this mystery guy is. It was so easy to get pulled into the story, from seeing Jennifer in the hospital to the flashbacks and flash forwards all in the 1960s that let us know what was going on. Infidelity is a topic that I find hard to comprehend and condone. It's interesting the contrast of the infidelity between Jennifer and "B." in the 1960s and the infidelity of Ellie and her married man in 2003 was so different. Yes, the gender of the married partner was different, but the circumstances and the actions and reactions of the married partners was also completely unalike. I found it hard to condemn Jennifer for her actions, but easy to condemn John.

    Jojo Moyes is an absolutely amazing writer. I've read books by her before and never fail to be astounded by how good they are. She's written nine books and her tenth is due out later this year, and is titled, "The Girl You Left Behind." She's also won two Romantic Novelists' Association's Romantic Novel of the Year, once in 2004 for "Fore

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Loved It,

    one of the best books i've read in a long time. A keeper for sure. I fell in love again for the first time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Awful - a true waste of reading time.

    The plot is trite - star crossed lovers! The characters are bland and stereotypical - the ignored wife, the high powered, neglectful husband and the artsy, sensitive lover! Absolutely no substance. Weak characters, weak plot, and an even weaker subplot.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This is a beautiful book about long-lasting never-ending love. Jojo Moyes has a wonderful way of writing that touches the everything inside you; all you have ever experienced or haven't but really wished you had comes to life with her words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Se.xy girl

    I need s.ex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Pat

    Uhh

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