Monday, 8 August 2011

Last letter from your lover

Last Letter from Your LoverLast Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another cracking read courtesy of the kind folk at Netgalley.

Possibly my ebook is a slightly different version than that I've seen reviewed on Goodreads as other readers mention it beginning with the modern day story of Ellie, whereas my copy began in the 1960s with Jennifer coming round in hospital and suffering memory loss. I didn't meet Ellie until I'd read a good two thirds of the book.

Nevertheless this was a poignant and compelling love story mainly set as mentioned in the early 1960s when the main heroine Jennifer is recovering from a perturbing car crash which has left her with amnesia. Returning from hospital to her marital home complete with rather cold husband and thrown into a bewildering social whirl with a group of friends she can't recall. Discovering a series of letters addressed to her helps her begin to remember events before the accident and the mystery whilst unravelling, deepens, creating more puzzles for her to solve.

Much later in the book these same letters come to light in the present day where a young newspaper reporter is trying to hold on to a flagging career and rather one sided relationship. Can these letters help her make sense of issues in her own life?

An unashamedly romantic book, with quite a few twists and turns to keep you intrigued - but be warned a large box of hankies is the pre-requisite accessory to this novel.

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