I just finished the audio book The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel by Jojo Moyes. I’ve recently read a three other books by the author and have liked all of them so I was excited to dig into this one.
So was it as good as the author’s other books??Yes and no. It had the same format that I love where a story bounces from character to character and they tell their part of the story. I love that. I always feel like I get a more complete story rather the tale being told by one character. This one deals with the “coming of age” of women. It talks about how women went from being trophy wives who managed the household to women who had ambitions beyond the home. It also address how being divorced was taboo in the 60’s.
All in all I did like the story. I guessed the ending early on. It still kept my attention though. My only complaint about the book is that so often circumstances that kept the characters apart were just too abstract. People die to easily…historic incidences happen just at the perfect time…car crashes happen at just the opportune time. It is fiction though..and in fiction that does happen. Even with that “complaint”..I still really like the book.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “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.”
I did like this book. The story was interesting and I like the writing style. If I were to only read a couple books by the author, I would recommend picking Me Before You: A Novel or The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel. I liked this book lots…just liked the others a touch better.
Amazon readers give this book 4.3 stars…I’ll agree. I do have more books by this author on my wish list….