A Última Carta de Amor
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Inglaterra, 1960. Quando Jennifer Stirling, uma mulher de vinte e sete anos, acorda no hospital, após um trágico acidente de automóvel, não tem qualquer lembrança da sua vida passada. Não reconhece o marido, não recorda a sua própria casa e tão-pouco se identifica com a vida que lhe dizem ser a sua. Quando encontra uma carta apaixonada, escrita por um homem que assina apen...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Porto Editora (first published January 10th 2008)
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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...more
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...more
Paula Margulies
This book deserves a better title. Wonderful writing and an intriguing storyline (with a kick-ass twist at the end!).
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...more
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...more
Lisa Christen
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
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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
~~Dani ♥ semi-colons~~
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...more
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...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...more
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.
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
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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Claudia
Esta foi uma estreia, apesar de ter outros 2 livros da autora nas minhas estantes, acabei por ler este em 1º lugar por ser um empréstimo. Um livro diferente, que nos faz recuar num tempo em que a vida das mulheres, pelo menos as de classe alta, servia apenas para estas serem autênticos bibelôs... sem opiniões próprias, cuidando apenas das aparências, partindo da sua para passar pela casa e pela do próprio marido. No decorrer da leitura podemos acompanhar o desabrochar da protagonista que no fund...more
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.
Sandy M
What an emotional, lovely story this is. It’s my first JoJo Moyes book, and after turning the last page, I’m wondering about all the beautiful stories I’ve missed by this very talented author.


Awaking with no memory after a car accident, Jennifer Stirling is forced to live a life she feels very uncomfortable with. Though she tries to please her impatient and unfeeling husband and get to know friends with whom she has only wealth and being a decorative wife in common, something feels missing to he...more
C
"Men find it easier to work than to deal with anything else." "Anything else?" "The messiness of everyday life. People not behaving as you'd like and feeling things you'd rather they didn't feel. At work you can achieve results, be the master of your domain. People do as you say."

At one point in the story, the main female character, Jennifer, has this exchange with Anthony [soon to become her love interest], and for some reason, though it seemed a rather simplistic generalization about men and...more
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
Wendy T
4.5 Stars!

I have to say the first part of this book was slowing going, but the second half of the story picked up to the point that I didn't want to put the book down. This was a such a wonderful story with a beautiful ending.
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
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
Diane
I'm going to be honest and say that until I finished this novel, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The Last Letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes is the kind of book that you think, OK, this book is all right, and since I read it everyday on my Kindle on the treadmill, I just stuck with it.

I'm glad I did, because the manner in which Moyes ties everything together in the end is so rewarding and there is one moment that is so jawdropping, I almost fell off the treadmill; I did not see that one...more
Nancy
I am trying to decide why I liked this book. I don't think it was necessarily the story although I appreciated the way the author put a face with the players in the marriage and the other woman. I'm going to have to go with the writing style was simply very enjoyable and I really liked many of the characters. Actually, I was particularly drawn to the characters of the earlier story and then their later story; Jennifer, Anthony and even the peripheral players like Jennifer's social circles. I nev...more
Annie
I've just finished this one, tears still flowing - what a wonderful, wonderful book. It takes something very special to survive the rough, unedited copy this is - letters thrown into a "bra" rather than a bin, leaning in for a "hiss" instead of a kiss, not to mention the unglued first 30 pages (!) but that's what this book is - something very special. It's so rare that you ache all the way through a book hoping it's going to turn out the way you hope it will... and I can't tell you that, can I?!...more
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!
Britany
Beautifully written love story between two estranged lovers. The setting for this story overlaps from the 1960's to 2003 over 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.
Carol
I really enjoyed the book, but at the same time disliked that it had me wanting a wife to leave her husband and pursue an affair. Despite that, I really enjoyed it. The story switches times frequently so you have to get used to that. I also though that the "current day" side story was much weaker and did not enjoy it as much as the primary plot.
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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...more
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