The Last Letter from Your Lover, by Jojo Moyes, has been compared to the wonderful film, Brief Encounter about the innocent meeting on a railway station which led two people onto paths they did not expect to take when they left their homes that morning.
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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, when journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper’s archives for a story, she doesn’t think she’ll find anything of interest. She discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file and becomes obsessed by the story, 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.
Ellie and Jennifer’s stories of passion, adultery and loss are wound together in this richly emotive novel – interspersed with real ‘last letters’.
The Last Letter from Your Lover, by Jojo Moyes, published by Hachette Australia is available from Dymocks.
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