Book Review: The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

last letter

Rating: 3.5 / 5

It is 1960 and Jennifer Stirling has just woken up from a car accident.  She doesn’t remember much about her life, or even that she is married.  Her mother and husband are mysteriously reluctant to tell her about the accident, and seem to not be concerned with Jennifer’s lack of memories.  Even her house is a mystery to her, and when she goes digging, hoping to find something that will trigger her memories, she finds a love letter to her, signed B.

Forty years later, Ellie Haworth is working as a features writer when she stumbles across some letters dating back to the 60s.  The letters have been lost in the archive section, and with the move to the new building, Ellie and her boss have come up with the idea to write a piece reflective of that period.  It is Ellie’s task to find out who the sender and recipient are, and if they ever found their happily ever after.

The Last Letter From Your Lover is squarely in the chick lit genre, and while it wasn’t boring or slow, it was formulaic and predictable.  Jennifer Stirling’s story line was interesting, especially since she lived in a time when women traditionally did not work and were reliant on their husbands for financial support.  That fact added a layer of complexity, for she did not have the means to be independent and by following her heart, she bore the scorn of society, even women she considered her friends, and had expected would relate to what she was going through.

The other storyline is Ellie’s, and it wasn’t strong, mainly because of her immaturity.  It is hard to sympathize with “the other woman” and as Ellie is young, her affair is not the great love of her life.  As a vehicle to drive a resolution to Stirling’s love life, Ellie should have been a stronger character.

The Bottom Line: The Last Letter From Your Lover is somewhat enjoyable, but don’t expect to get your socks knocked off.

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