I just fell in love... with a book.
The Last Letter From Your Lover is one of the best love stories I have ever read. I know that is a huge statement. Jojo Moyes' work speaks to me. I find her words echoing within my mind hours after putting her work down.
Moyes' tale portrays the growth and endurance of a love affair that faces all odds. It is a tale of forbidden and unfilled love. It is a tale of a woman's self-discovery. And, it questions just how far one should go to be with their 'soul mate,' just how long one should wait to be with the one they love.
When I started Moyes' book I assumed I was in for a light, cute, and chipper piece of contemporary chick-lit. Instead, twenty pages into her work, I found myself confronted with a love story that spans over forty years. This book is powerful, emotional, romantic, dramatic, and suspenseful.
Moyes' story is based on the recovery of a woman's memory after a traumatic car accident. Her discovery of secret (and illicit) love letters in her home move the story's plot and assists the woman's remembrance of her life before the accident.
The book is magnificently written. Moyes' words flow from sentence to sentence, creating a beautiful landscape to enjoy. The love letters have a magnetic quality to entice you further into the plot. Modern day text messages and Facebook status changes are also interspersed throughout the story. Moyes' work promotes the art form of love letters, whose prominence seems to be decreasing with the growth of technology. Moyes also includes 'Dear John' letters at the close of each chapter. The 'Dear John' letters, when viewed in the grand scheme of the novel, seem to suggest that love can leave as quickly as it can develop.
I found myself carrying this book everywhere - it accompanied my trips on public transit, sat diligently beside me in the car, and has almost always been nearby. This is rather surprising, given that The Last Letter From Your Lover is a hefty hardcover of 489 pages.
The Last Letter From Your Lover will not be released in America or Canada until July 2011. I found my copy, an UK edition, at the central library. If you enjoy love stories, I urge you to read this book. Go to the library or head out to your local bookstore this summer (unless you're lucky enough to live in the UK). Just get your hands on this book anyway you can. I know I'll be buying a copy as soon as possible.