If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember one of my first ever book reviews. It was for the novel Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, which I have raved about to anyone that will listen for the past couple of years. Yes, years. I read it during the winter of my senior year of college, and it still sticks out in my mind as one of the best books I’ve read. And in case you haven’t figured it out by now, I read a lot of books!
At the beginning of the fall season, I stocked up on a ton of used books that I had been meaning to read. One of them included another by Jojo Moyes, called The Last Letter from Your Lover. I was a little hesitant to read it as I’ve often experienced that pang of disappointment that comes with the second book of a bestselling author. A one novel wonder, shall I say.
Well, Ms. Moyes does not fall into that category.
The Last Letter was nothing short of amazing. The best part is that the novel didn’t even feel like it was written by the same author as Me Before You. The storylines and writing style were completely different, which kept the experience fresh and unique.
The novel is a double love story, flashing between 1960 and 2003, with the ultimate collision of the two. The reader is tasked with putting together the pieces of the original love story alongside the protagonist, whose memory is compromised after a serious car accident.
The Last Letter from Your Lover also gives an unusual perspective on an extramarital affair. Although we usually find ourselves rooting against cheating characters, Moyes’ story flips the typical storyline on its head. I won’t give any more away – I want you to enjoy this read as much as I did!
Moyes has recently released a sequel to Me Before You, called After You. I will be adding that to my reading list – stay tuned!