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New Cover Reveal & Review: THE LAST LETTER from YOUR LOVER by Jojo Moyes & Giveaway (US only)
February 11th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

A Very Special Valentine’s Day read from one of my favorite authors:

THE LAST LETTER from YOUR LOVER by Jojo Moyes & Giveaway (US only)

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Last Letter cover.med

From Goodreads:

A sophisticated, page-turning double love story spanning forty years-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 a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply “B”, asking her to leave her husband.

Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper’s archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie’s search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance.

A spellbinding, intoxicating love story with a knockout ending, The Last Letter from Your Lover will appeal to the readers who have made One Day and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society bestsellers.

Award:

Romantic Novel of the Year (RoNa’s) Award (2011)

Purchase:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

IndieBound

Audible

My Review: 5/5 stars

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 French Rivera. From their rocky beginnings in 1960, a friendship and love is forged between Anthony and Jennifer, one that can’t be destroyed in twisted metal and broken dreams. There are no true winners or losers in this novel, just lives lived, lives lost and lots of navigation through life’s trials and tribulations along the way.

One of Jojo’s established strengths in her writing is connecting the past with the present, intertwining lives with similar situations and objects. In THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER, the object, of course, is a letter that ties the generations: Jennifer and Anthony in 1960 to Ellie and Rory in 2003. The parallels are so fascinating and at the same time heartbreaking. But Jojo has this way of taking heartbreak and smoothing the rough edges so that the reader is left satisfied and hopeful. This is a remarkable talent, one that makes Jojo a storytelling star.

Jojo Moyes is one of those writers that has created a body of work that collectively is masterful and insightful into the human spirit. I would normally say that every novel must stand on its own merit. That’s absolutely true. Yet, in Jojo’s case, she has established herself as an author who has immortalized characters who will stand the test of time. Having read ME BEFORE YOU, HONEYMOON IN PARIS, THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND and now THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER, I see the connections between themes she explores in her novels, and even the characters. To me, that is a tremendous gift and the reason why I recommend reading everything Jojo writes. Obviously, readers may relate better to certain characters, but there is no doubt that if you read for more than the pleasure of entertainment, there is a lot to be gained from the insights Jojo illuminates in her stories. She opens the readers’ eyes to the serendipities of past and present, the lessons to be learned from the past and how they can alter the present and the future. At the same time, her novels remind us that we’re fragile beings, and even though we have only one life to live, what we do, what we create can be a major part of the future. To leave a mark.Me Before You.Cover

Jojo Moyes most definitely leaves a mark, one that will be read and seen for generations to come!

Jojo Moyes C Phyllis ChristopherTO LEARN more about Jojo Moyes:

Her Website

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Giveaway: Two winners – one will win ME BEFORE YOU and another will win THE LAST LETTER from YOUR LOVER (US only) Ends February 17, 2014, 11:59 p.m. CST. Thank you to Pamela Dorman Books for providing this giveaway.

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8 Responses  
Betsy Kaplan writes:
February 11th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Blondie and Dagwood from the comic strip was one of my favorite couples! Happy V-day!

rhonda writes:
February 11th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Lucie&dezi

Kate I. writes:
February 13th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

My favorite novel couple are Nick and Nora Charles from Dashiell Hammett’s THE THIN MAN. They became the archetype of the bantering, romantically involved detective duo (thanks are due to them from the couples in Hart to Hart, Remington Steele, and Moonlighting, just to name a few).

Jessica writes:
February 14th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

This is a bit a cliche, but my favorite couple is Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice.” Great love story about two stubborn people are meant for each other.

Vivien writes:
February 14th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Tragic but, Rhett and Scarlett from Gone with the Wind.

Irene writes:
February 15th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for holding this giveaway!

Irene writes:
February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

My favorite novel couple would probably be Dean West and Olivia Winter from the Spiral of Bliss series. They had to go through a lot as a couple and individually, but they still managed to stay to stay together. Marriage is a lot of hardwork sometimes.

Marina writes:
February 24th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Wait is that me or another Marina!!? (=

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