The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
(Pamela Dorman Books, 2010, 390 pages)
When Jennifer Stirling wakes up after a terrible car accident, she can’t remember a majority of her past. Her husband is a stranger to her and whenever she asks for more details on her life, everyone remarks on how thankful she should be for the life she has now. It isn’t until she starts finding letters addressed to her that she realizes she is loved by another man besides her husband, and she has no idea who he could be.
Over forty years later, Ellie finds the love letters in the newspaper library and is instantly drawn to the story. She needs a good story to prove to her boss she is still a quality journalist. But Ellie is also curious to find out what happened to these lost lovers and how these letters ended up stashed away in the library. Ellie is also desperate to figure out her own relationship with a married man that has consumed her life for far too long.
I have yet to be disappointed by one of Moyes’ reads. I loved how the story started in the 1960’s and then transported the reader to 2003 over halfway through the book. That just illustrated how different relationships and women’s roles are now and then. At the beginning, Moyes jumps from pre-crash to post-crash in the story multiple times, which I enjoyed. But I was listening to this as an audio book so it took me awhile to figure out Jennifer and Anthony speak about two different time lines.