January: Jojo Moyes’ ‘The Last Letter from Your Lover’

1. Read a new book every month

Sticking to goal number one, I have read my book for January. (To clarify, when I say ‘new’ book, I mean new to me.) This book was published in 2011, and was written by Jojo Moyes.

The Last Letter from Your Lover - Jojo Moyes

The Last Letter from Your Lover – Jojo Moyes

I had already read Me Before You, perhaps her most famous book. Although I enjoyed it as well, I think this book is actually better. The Last Letter from Your Lover tells two different stories, one past, one present. Who doesn’t love a book that jumps between times? In the present, Ellie Haworth is at risk of losing her job, due to, frankly, losing her ability of rational thought because of a man. So far, so chick lit.

She finds a letter, written in the 1960s, which is ridiculously romantic and apparently the last letter from someone’s lover. It might be the key to saving her job as a features assistant. Who were the two people involved? What happened to them in the end?

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot. What I will say is the relationship between the two people involved – Jennifer and Anthony – isn’t an easy one. It’s perhaps a bit difficult to relate to Jennifer at first, especially the way she is constrained by the expectations of her time. Yet this adds to the whole forbidden-romance element that’s never gone out of fashion. We follow it over the years through their letters, and think ‘if only people still wrote letters like that!’ Unfortunately, these days, those kind of letters could only have been written by a woman. A snippet from the back cover:

Know this at least: somewhere in this world is a man who loves you […] A man who has always loved you and, to his detriment, suspects he always will.

There are loads of even sweeter, more romantic lines, but I’m not going to spoil them. Just read it!

Lauren

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