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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  31,834 ratings  ·  3,735 reviews
"This story of passion and missed chances is entrancing." --"Parade"
"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 hu
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ebook, 330 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Penguin Books (first published January 10th 2010)
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Summer
I won The Last Letter From Your Lover in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.

This novel depicts a young woman's struggle with her marriage during the 1960s when divorce was taboo and society rules dictated that women be seen and not heard. This novel also depicts a young woman in the present day who struggles with her relationship with a married man and her job at a newspaper, which she is at risk of losing.

I got a little lost in this novel, not because it was confusing, but because the voice chang
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Jeanne
4.5 stars



Jojo Moyes knows how to tell a compelling story! This was a very romantic double love story that centered around secret hand written love letters. The first two-thirds of the book was Jennifer Stirling's story taking place in the early 1960's. I'm not sure why I always think I'm not going to like a historical romance, because so far I have loved the ones I've read. This was my favorite part of the book. I felt that Ms. Moyes did a beautiful job of painting a picture of this period of t
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[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
3 stars

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I had a really hard time getting into this. The multiple povs, the story was all over the place in part 1 and was too confusing for me. Also I didnt like present day heroine, Ellie and felt like the author could have left her story out.

It was a forbidden romance with a lot of missed opportunities and I started to get into the story more by part 2 but by part 3 I felt exhausted. There was some good plot twist but by the end it didnt leave me satisfied. Im glad I picked it up though as I
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William
I'm expecting that I am one of very few readers who did not absolutely love this book. As far as I can tell, I am the only male who has read it, which may explain my minority view. For the first half, I kept fighting not to abandon it entirely. But as it turns out, this is really two novels: a fairly pedestrian one about a love affair in 1960 and a more engaging sequel forty years later. I wonder if the 400-page book could have simply started in the middle and been a lot better.

Why did the first
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Miss GP
I cannot believe how much I disliked this book. I tried to like it -- I really tried -- but honestly, it's got to be the least satisfying book I've read this year.

The first section occurs in 1960, and it's dreadful. The plot is thin and predictable, the characters melodramatic, one-dimensional and stereotypical. The writing is terrible; not only is it over-the-top, but several times I had to re-read sentences to try to figure out what the author was trying to say (never a good sign). Even the se
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Paula Margulies
This book deserves a better title. Wonderful writing and an intriguing storyline (with a kick-ass twist at the end!).
Connie
I first thought, what a great love story Moyes has written, just beautifully done. So a 3 star from me...good story, well developed characters, kept my interest. Meaning and depth? Maybe not. But the more I thought about this the higher the rating went.

I was so used to her taking on a timely topic....assisted suicide in "Me Before You:, the theft of art etc by the Nazi's in "The Girl You Left Behind" and I thought, eh, just a light love story. But the more I thought of this book the more I real
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Carol
Add me to the legions of fans of JoJo Moyes. I’m not exactly certain how to classify her books but women’s contemporary fiction suits as well as anything. The two I’ve read were love stories at their core. Some would call them romance, not me. Romantic perhaps.

It is 1960. Jennifer Stirling is hospitalized, suffering from memory loss due to a severe car accident. This alone caught my attention as what the brain will forget when stressed interests me. When released she goes home to her husband and
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B the BookAddict

The title of this book would normally render it one that I would not read. It was a freebie and I picked it up because my library book had not become available yet. And surprisingly, I'm glad I did. The theme caught my attention because it is similar to that in The Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright. Both have two stories based forty years apart whose connection is revealed only in the very last pages of the novel.

1964 and Jennifer Stirling wakes in a hospital after a shocking car acci
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M
Must remember to not go by goodreads ratings alone. This staggeringly high rating average indicates that the people who picked this up realized it was a sappy romance novel and were actually pleased by that idea. My one star indicates that I am not the intended audience, and I do not appreciate the pretty, trapped wife for whom infidelity is actually a noble act, nor the conveniently awful husband whom she would be right to cheat, or that rich people are predictably the boring and evil people an ...more
helen the bookowl
When I started reading this book, I immediately got mildly irritated with all the chick-lit clichés that the first chapter had, and I thought to myself that this was going to be another one of those chick-lit books that are very relaxing to read, but that I've slowly gotten tired of over the years.
Then I turned the page, the second chapter started and I was immediately grabbed by the turn in both the story and its vibe. This was a completely different story, and as I kept on reading, I got more
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Liza Wiemer
A giveaway for this book and ME BEFORE YOU (US only) is on my blog through February 17, 2014, 11:59 pm CST - thank you to the publisher for providing the books. http://www.whorublog.com/?p=2847

Jojo Moyes once again proves that neither time nor distance can put out the flames of true love, love that doesn't just connect bodies, but souls.
Take Jennifer Stirling and Anthony "Boot" O'Hare. Anthony, a reporter for "The Nation," joined Jennifer and her wealthy husband Laurence at their home on the Fr
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4.5 stars

Brilliant, evocative, and tragic (but not without redemption), The Last Letter from Your Lover is as good as Moyes' Me Before You. I started sobbing 90 percent in and haven't yet stopped. I'm a bloody mess; rarely does a book offer such catharsis.

The book begins in 1960s London. Two people meet: The aloof, beautiful, polished Jennifer is married to Laurence, a successful, detached, casually cruel businessman who manages various mines in Africa. Anthony is a journalist, divorced, a heav
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Jane
Where I got the book: my local library. A book club read. WARNING: A BIT SPOILERISH.

This novel kept me on my toes, and therefore interested. It started out with a fairly familiar trope, where the main character is recovering from an accident and can’t remember her life before, but as time goes on she realizes that people are keeping something from her. And then she begins to find letters hidden around her house, and realizes she had a lover—now who WAS that guy anyway?

So we began with a little m
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Laura
Oh my goodness! Big sigh! A delicious read!
Started this book yesterday & couldn't put it down until I finished today.
Tragic & so sad, and yet hopeful...

One of my favourite parts was in a letter where Anthony writes, "...to have someone out there who understands you, who desires you, who sees you as a better version of yourself, is the most astonishing gift. Even if we are not together, to know that, for you, I am that man is a source of sustenance for me. I'm not sure how I earned the ri
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Phrynne
I do not generally read romances but Jojo Moyes manages to write her romance with a bit more substance than most including a catchy story and reasonably realistic characters. This book also has the advantage of being set back a little in the past and the descriptions of relationships and attitudes of the sixties were very true. It was certainly a page turner for me and I especially liked the happy ending. No problem giving it four stars!
Lisa
This is another of Jojo Moyes wonderful stories, this one centering on Jennifer Stirling who wakes up in a hospital in 1960 not knowing who she is or where she is. Having been in a horrible car accident, she has no knowledge of what got her there. Coming home, she discovers that she lives a life of privilege and is living a life with a husband who is cold and unloving. Searching around the house in hopes of discovering who she is, she discovers letters secreted in hiding places, love letters wri ...more
Connie
3.5 stars
The Last Letter from Your Lover is a romance complicated by family obligations and missed opportunities. In London in the 1960s, Jennifer is recovering from a serious auto accident and has severe memory loss. She does not remember her wealthy husband who treats her like a possession. She finds some hidden passionate letters, signed only with a B, and tries to piece together her secret life. Who was B?

Forty years later, a journalist Ellie comes upon several of B's romantic letters stored
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Ksenia
4 Stars

I think I can tell that Jojo Moyes became one of my favorite authors. I’ve read four books by her and I loved them all. I read The Last Letter from Your Lover back in May, when I had a break from reviewing. I had a pile of books, and I ended up writing mini-reviews for most of them. Not in this case. This book deserves a full review.

The Last Letter from Your Lover has similar structure to another Jojo Moyes’s book The Girl You Left Behind. There are two stories in one book. Strangely, I w
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Annalynn
This was one of those books that sounds like an incredible story, but the execution of that story is lacking. Spoilers follow, since there is no way to discuss it otherwise. It was a confusing story that could have been great, but, alas, it was presented poorly. The first half of the book is set in either 1960 or 1964. It alternates back and forth between the two time frames. Adding to the confusion is that every time it would switch between the years, the chapter would often start out featuring ...more
Danielle
3.5/5

Quite enjoyed this. I was afraid it would be overly sentimental, and while this was very much a love story it all felt just right. Things were helped along by a story that had more to it than just couples getting together--interesting observations about relationships in both the 1960s and 2000s.

The cover illustration of The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes both drew me in and made me wary of the story. That intense bluish tone, the longing gaze between lovers against the vivid Lon
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Britany
Beautifully written love story between two estranged lovers. The setting for this story overlaps from the 1960's to 2003. Forty years, shifting back and forth between the past and present. It ties together bits and pieces from a lost love story between an unlikely pair. The way that the story is laid out and presented keeps the reader immersed and waiting for more.

Jennifer Sterling and Anthony O'Hare are two characters I hope to never forget. Passion never dims on these two, and I massively fell
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Nicole Long
Wow! I really fell in love with this book! It has been on my to read list for about 2 years, but hadn't caught my attention until it was selected by my online book club for June. I don't know where to begin! I wanted to immerse myself in the descriptions of the early 60's (even though it wasn't necessarily a happy time for the characters)I could feel the glamour of the time period, the style for both the ladies and gentleman, the sound of the shoes walking down a long corridor. Her writing was i ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Three and a half stars. I bought this because I'd read Jojo Moyes book about the quadraplegic guy - gulp. I really like the premise for Last Letter - I thought the writing was great, the story swept me along and I liked the characters - BUT. There is an absolutely pivotal point in the story that influences - well drives - everything that follows. And it doesn't work. I read lots of reviews wondering what others thought and couldn't find any reference to it, so maybe it's only me who's bothered.
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Laura
I'm not a fan of books that glamorize affairs therefore this is not a five star read for me. I really liked how the author developed the characters and I didn't mind how the plot spanned 40 years. I liked when circumstances were thrown at the characters and as the reader one had to be patient to see the outcome. Quick and enjoyable read. This is my third Jojo Moyes book and my second favorite. This fell into more of the writing style of The Girl You Left Behind which I loved.
Noeleen
I really loved this book. While not a huge lover of 'romance' , this was so much more. Jojo Moyes has once again proved that there is a lot of substance to her stories, addressing issues that require reflection. This is so well written, a great story, well developed characters and plot. It kept me turning the pages from start to finish. There hasn't been a JoJo Moyes book that I have read and haven't liked so far.
Jen
Ok, I have to admit, I liked this book. Definitely chick lit. At times it was very reminiscent of Letters to Juliet and felt like I was reading that story. It did have a love story within a love story. As well as a 40 year gap in one of them. I might have shed a tear even. I've officially been baptized into Moyes' works and now look feverishly to her other stories!
Becky
3.5 stars, so I rounded up to 4…..I really liked this story but parts of it dragged for me, but overall it was a good book, loved the letters that were written & it was hard to see the mistakes & missteps that were made along the way….I enjoyed the part of the book that took place in the 60's more then the more recent part of the book….I like this JoJo Moyes!
Melliane
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J’ai entendu parler de Jojo Moyes à de nombreuses reprises et les avis que j’ai vus de ses livres ont toujours été des plus élogieux. Je savais qu’il était temps que je me lance dans la lecture d’un de ses romans. Pourtant, pour cela, j’attendais de pouvoir avoir un résumé qui me plaise réellement et c’est arrivé avec La dernière lettre de son amant. L’histoire semblait vraiment intéressante et je trouve toujours très intrigant de voir un auteur mélanger pass
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Jennifer
The Last Letter from Your Lover is another wonderful novel written by the amazing Jojo Moyes. So much occurred in this book!!! It's a mixture of two women's separate stories of seemingly doomed romance, which in turn creates a combination of historical fiction and contemporary with both stories intertwining beautifully in the end. I was so hopeful for both of these women to be happy in love; both of their characters were written so well. The story the reader is introduced to first features Jenni ...more
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Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is mar
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