First Published: February 2011 (Paperback)
No .of pages: 512
Synopsis (from Amazon):
When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper’s archives for a story, she doesn’t think she’ll find anything of interest. Instead she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband – and Ellie is caught up in the intrigue of a past love affair. Despite, or perhaps because of her own romantic entanglements with a married man.
In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She can’t remember anything – her husband, her friends, who she used to be. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.
Ellie and Jennifer’s stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel – interspersed with real ‘last letters’.
Last year I read what I thought was the debut novel of Jojo Moyes, Me Before You, and I was surprised to find out that not only was this not her first book, but she had written several other books too! Don’t ask me how I had managed to come this far without noticing her books, however, I am very pleased that she is now on my radar and she is currently 2 out of 2 in the enjoyment stakes.
The Last Letter From Your Lover is set between current time and 1960 and is focussed on a love letter found in the archives of a local newspaper. We travel back in time and see how and why the letter came about. Then we jump forward to current day and see what effects this old correspondence is having on Ellie, who stumbled upon it.
Whilst this is a love story, it’s not your typical love story. Each chapter has its own real life ‘last letter’, many of which are strange and wonderful, break up and make up letters. It’s not all sunshine and roses but it’s certainly a love story which kept me gripped right up to the last page.