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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars, a sophisticated, page-turning double love story spanning forty years and an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times

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
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published January 10th 2008)
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Cheryl Everything she does is great - read them all, you won't be disappointed!! If she publishes her grocery list, I would read it!!!…moreEverything she does is great - read them all, you won't be disappointed!! If she publishes her grocery list, I would read it!!!(less)
Caroline I agree that it does drag in parts, but I would suggest tolerating the slow parts, whipping through them if need be, because the end makes it worthwhi…moreI agree that it does drag in parts, but I would suggest tolerating the slow parts, whipping through them if need be, because the end makes it worthwhile.(less)

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Summer
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, giveaways-arcs
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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Luffy
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 'cold case' with 'love story' interspersed through it. Jennifer wakes up in a hospital suffering from total amnesia. That's in 1960. But someone, years later, will take up the cold trail of Jennifer's fate, and follow it faithfully until she knows what has happened to Jennifer.

I thought that Jennifer would have to be devious to cheat on her husband. But then, autres temps, autres moeurs. The author manages to make me sympathize with Jennifer. What is great is that never is it told outr
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William
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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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M
May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen.J.
Sep 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
“The Last Letter From Your Lover” by Jojo Moyes
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I am not a big fan of Jojo Moyes but thought I would give this one a read. So glad I did read it because I thoroughly enjoyed “The Last Letter From Your Lover”. The love that is shared through a couples love letters are very heartwarming and also at times extremely frustrating. I had no idea how the story was going to end…wonderful surprise?
Jeanne
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 o
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Jennifer Masterson
What a disappointment. This book was boring and filled with one-dimensional characters. I'm shocked that this is by the same author who wrote "Me Before You" which is one of my favorite books of all time. ...more
PDXReader
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 s
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Ivana - Diary of Difference
One of the few books that made me cry like a little girl and made me wonder about whether I've made the right choices in life... ...more
[~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
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Tina
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
A 3 1/2 star read for me. I wasn't sure that I really liked the couple in the beginning or their romance. This book grew on me though. Part of the book tells the lovers story in the 1960's and the other part is modern day that intertwines with another present-day love affair. It all comes together really well and I couldn't wait to find out what happened to the long ago lovers. I think this book would work well as a movie, I could so see it. ...more
Paula Margulies
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book deserves a better title. Wonderful writing and an intriguing storyline (with a kick-ass twist at the end!).
Connie Cox
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads, 2014
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
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sawsan
Jul 23, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Letters can connect people from completely different worlds
a nice romantic story of two women living in different periods exploring the similarities between them
love can be frustrating but sometimes survives through time despite the pain and loss..and maybe it's never too late for a happy ending
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Annalynn
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Helene Jeppesen
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Michelle
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got so sucked into this book, very emotional. JoJo Moyes does know how to pull your heart strings which is should have been more prepared before after reading Me before You.

Ok, now to watch the Netflix adaptation and hope it lives somewhere near to the expectation.
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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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B the BookAddict
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lite-reading

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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exploraDora
***4,5 stars***

Such a beautifully written story, filled with romance, sadness, heartbreak but ultimately hope. I was hooked the whole time.
Beenish
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, jojomoyes
My favourite book finally has an official trailer and I've been dying for an adaptation! Can't wait to watch it! ❤️

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This is an old review from when I used to not notice or criticize things much.

This is the first novel of Jojo Moyes that I've read and I must say, once i started reading, there was no going back. It held me captive. Like it's heartbreakingly hopeless and hopeful at the same time, with mysterious connections and unpredictably amazing twists.
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It starts with a woman who is i
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Laura
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 right. I d
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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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Jane
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, book-club
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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Deacon Tom F
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Real Winner

I thoroughly enjoyed,“The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel”by Jojo Moyes.

The pacing is fast and I had a hard time putting the book down. Moyes succeeded keeping my attention while the storyline transports the reader into different time zones and geographic areas.

Another strong spot is how the characterisation is beautifully detailed, especially of Ellie, Laurence and Jennifer

Overall, the core of the story is about affairs and their impact on the individual, the marriage and
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Phrynne
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jen
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
zainab
May 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Sterling and Anthony O'Hare- a love that lasts a lifetime. They met in 1960 and their love for each other grew with every day they spent together. But Jennifer is married and therefore this love must remain hidden. Through an accident, the love threatens to end, but such a love, can be stopped by nothing and after years, they find each other again, but this time it is only for a short time. 20 years later, through Ellie Haworth, who is going through a similar story, the two find each ot ...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.

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