Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Last Letter From Your Lover

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.

Just look at the art on the spine!
This book is most definitely on my favourite's list... and very near to the top!


Moyes, Jojo. The Last Letter From Your Lover. London: Hoddder & Stoughton, 2010.

9 comments:

  1. Ok, you got me :o) It sounds fantastic, I'm adding it to my TBR list now.

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  2. It sounds great, I'll try to get a hand on it:)

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  3. Wow. That sounds wonderful. Adding to the TBR list...

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  4. Your review is beautifully written and very much makes me want to read the book. I think I'll buy very soon :)

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  5. I can't wait! I definitely want to read this one.

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  6. Nice review! You sure know how to make my to read pile grow!!! Lol

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  7. hi--thanks for stopping by As the Crowe Flies and Reads! I read this book a few months ago and recently reviewed it on my blog, too. I was completely surprised by how taken I was with this book, as I usually don't read novels in which romance is the main theme. Of course I followed you after seeing that! ;)

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  9. The romantic story lines were terrific.
    I really don't want to give away any of the plot, because the way the chapters weave back and forth is a really good use of suspense. This book has it all--romance, well developed characters and a well written story. I checked it out of the library because I didn't want to spend more money on another mediocre book and I am really sorry. I want to pass it on to my daughter and my friends. I loved, loved, loved this book.

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