Wednesday, 19 August 2015

MPOV: The Last Letter from Your Lover

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.

The above summary taken from Goodreads. Goodreads rating of this book is 3.92.

This book has 3 parts but it was not told systematically hence a little confusion at times. There are the pre and post accident of Jennifer Stirling and the current times of Ellie Haworth. The intertwined and toggling of the 3 parts were not as smooth as there was no clear indication except for the final part.

When I started reading this book, it reminded me of a book I have read previously, Remember Me written by Sophie Kinsella. As the story progresses, it took on a different take eventually although it was not as engaging. 

Somehow the plot during Jennifer's promiscuous 60's was a little bore. Even Ellie's third party romance was not as exciting. I actually felt the depth of the story in the final part, after 40 years. It's heart wrenching that Jennifer and Anthony had to be apart in such a manner but the eventuality of being together was so touching. Ellie maybe the sideline but her action was equally important as the main person who stumbled upon the lost letters, got hold of Jennifer and Anthony plus getting them back together again. Also, all these made Ellie realised her path is with Rory and not with John.

A light, good read with a good ending but no offence, it could have been better.

New word: Nihilistic (adjective): Rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless. For example "an embittered, nihilistic teenager"

My rating: 3/5
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Romance, fiction, contemporary
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