Have I mentioned that I am a sucker for romances. I am a romantic at heart, and I am always hoping for that happy ending. I needed a short break from Outlander and The Last Letter from your Lover was the perfect solution. It zapped me from 18th century Scotland to 1960’s London, in no time at all.
Beautiful Jenny, with her wealthy, handsome husband and lovely home, wakes up after a car accident and remembers nothing of her charmed life. As she tries to put together the pieces of her memory, she knows that something isn’t right. Then she finds mysterious letters, signed “B” and she knows there is someone out there that she loved enough to sacrifice everything. In 2003, newspaper reporter Ellie, finds that remnants of letters and becomes obsessed with finding “B”, hoping that this love story will justify her own affair.
I do not usually enjoy books that are about cheating husbands and wives. I find it hard to stand behind characters who are able to be unfaithful to their partners. I know the devastation that duplicity has on families, and I would be devastated if that happened to me. However, the author does an amazing job of allowing us into the thought process of Jenny, her husband, Larry and her lover, Boot. I did have empathy for Jenny, being trapped in a loveless marriage, where her thoughts, her opinions didn’t matter. She existed to be gracious, beautiful, host dinner parties and that was it. It was easy to see how she fell in love with Boot, who actually listened to her and thought she was an interesting person.
It’s a love story that spans forty years, and just when you think that all is lost, true love finds a way.