Thursday, April 4

Bibliophile [the last letter from your lover]

A nice little dramatic love story for the ages.

The Last Letter From Your Lover, by Jojo Moyes

This love story, set primarily in the 1960's, is a sweet read. I was very interested for the first half, was frustrated by the protagonist in 2003 and thus bored through the next quarter, but liked how things wrapped up for the final 25%. Overall, worth the read. Blurb time:

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 who have made One Day and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society bestsellers.

Well, if they're going to compare this to two books I very much enjoyed, I'm sold. It's a sweet story, a relatively short read, and has a few nice twists that keep you reading. It is a very tender love story, and I love when letter-writing is used as a literary tool (very reminiscent of The Guernsey.., now that I think about it). I think we'll all be in love with the deeply-feeling words of the main male character within a few pages. The writing of love letters is a lost art, one that I may have to resurrect next year as D heads to B school.

Is this the best love-story in the world? Nope. But I enjoyed it and would recommend it just the same.

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