Book Review: The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

“Somewhere in this world is a man who loves you, who understands how precious and clever and kind you are. A man who has always loved you and, to his detriment, suspects he always will.”

― Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from Your Lover

The Last Letter from Your Lover, by the author of The Giver of Stars, which debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list, will captivate readers who enjoyed One Day and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Synopsis from Goodreads...

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 reaction to this novel...

Every now and again, you read a novel that takes your breath away and leaves you in tears. The Last Letter from Your Lover swept me away. I was torn between wanting it to end and not comprehending it. It is, at its heart, a love story. An enlightening and reassuring story about pursuing your aspirations no matter the cost. It’s hard to escape the mysterious finger of fate phenomena of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, which seems to play a regular role in our lives.

A big portion of the novel takes place in 1960s London and should be seen through the eyes of the time. The story moves back and forth during the vast spans of Jennifer and Antony’s life. Anthony is a foreign policy writer, and Jennifer is the wife of a wealthy businessman. As the title implies, everything begins with a letter, a love note that will have readers enthralled by the story’s flow.

Jojo Moyes’ work inspires me and makes me want to read more. Moving ahead, Jojo has written a story about a tumultuous relationship. However, no matter how intense the energy between Jennifer Stirling and Anthony O’Hare is, they can’t see it as a means to open up to one another. By all accounts, the circumstances are never ideal. That finger of fate I mentioned before intervenes and sets insurmountable obstacles in their path. As a reader, I hoped that these two people who were destined to be together would find a way to love and be together at this point in time. I strongly advise you to read The Last Letter from Your Lover and feel the intense love for yourself. It has a writing style that jumps back and forth between 1960 and 2003, which keeps the reader interested and wanting to turn the pages to find out what occurs next. The conclusion is a triumph against the rigid social gap that separated the major protagonists. This is a book that you will not be able to put down for even a second.

For me, I will definitely recommend it to every book readers out there.

My Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4/5)

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