By Jojo Moyes
Pamela Dorman Books, $26.95
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.
My thoughts - I just loved this book! I admit it. I loved it. It's kind of an old fashioned love story. But not really. There, how much more confused can I make you? I don't ever want to mislead you all. This is really a modern love story, but it takes place in two time periods.
At first we meet Jennifer in her hospital bed, after a car wreck and she's having to step into a life that's completely foreign to her. Her husband, her house, her friends, her own way of living...are all alien to her. She even has to figure out where she puts her things away, how she folds her lingerie. She doesn't "get" her friends' jokes or what kind of world and life she and her husband shared. And does she really like her life?
And then she finds a letter. A love letter. Not from her husband, it's from Boot. Boot?
Zip forward to 2003... it's over forty years later and Ellie while searching in the storage area of the newspaper where she works, Ellie discovers these letters, from Boot.
Author Jojo Moyes has written a stunningly beautiful book. I immediately felt sad for Jennifer. A stranger in her own body and in her own home. And then felt equally sad for Ellie, in her own way, struggling in her own unhappy life.
The Last Letter From Your Lover pretty much sneaked up on me. Just when I wasn't ready, I was lost in the stories of these two women, forty years apart. Moyes so easily writes believable and likable characters of generations so far apart. I was half way through the e-galley and realized I was hooked. I hadn't expected this. I expected a light, chick-litty sort of read. Moyes fooled me! No breezy read here.
I don't mean it's a hard read, but it is am important read. I hate the over-used review word "seamless." But...this is seamless writing at its best.
As always, I won't go any deeper into details. That's like seeing inside the treasure chest, before you know there IS a treasure.
Huge congratulations to Jojo Moyes for introducing me to these new friends.
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4 out of 5 stars.
I was provided with an e-galley by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review, in no way did this affect my opinion.