When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband....
In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident with no memory. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.
©2010 Jojo Moyes (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
Well worth taking the time out to read this. Took several chapters to get into the story but then I was hooked. Narrated brilliantly
Although kept you guessing it Tied up all loose ends very well
I have read several of Jojo Moyes books and enjoyed them all but found this one very different and not as enjoyable. The characters were people who I found to be weak and easily lead by emotion often to the detriment of those around them. This book is said to be the love story of the age and I found it to be anything but that. As a positive it is a book that takes Jojo's style of addressing the unconventional and does that very well. I usually find her characters as friends I'd like to meet up with but not with this book.
Julia's narration was fair but variety in character voice was not as effective when doing male voices. Overall it was a pleasant listen and I would listen to her other work if the opportunity is there.
Overall the story brings to light issues about love that are very grey and make you question the correctness of what the character should do in any particular circumstance. In that way it is a very good read but I personally found the characters made emotionally shortsighted decisions generally at the cost of others and in most situations themselves too. I did not find that to be something I could condone/enjoy and certainly not love story material to me.The only character I found to be principled was Rory.
I was enthralled by this story and found it difficult to tear myself away from this audio book.
The story is exciting and the characters believable. My only criticism is that most of the voices for the characters sound similar; most of the male voices are difficult to distinguish and the same goes for the females. However, Julia Franklin's narration is very clear and faultless.
This story would appeal to anyone who likes romantic mystery stories with a difference.
"Good story but didn't enjoy the narration."
Enjoyed the story, it grew on me as it progressed until I completely wasted a half day listening to the last 2-3 hours! However, I hated the narration of the male voices, mainly because their was just one voice for all of the men - making conversations between men difficult to follow. They all (even the modern men) sounded unfeeling, patronising and condescending - that was OK for Laurence, but not for all of the men. Loved the cut glass voice of Jennifer. This is a good story but I would recommend reading rather than listening. It's not nearly as good as 'Me Before You' which I would heartily recommend as an audible book.
"A lovely book"
My first impression of the book was quite wrong. The prologue presaged a story about 30 somethings working in London that didn't appeal. Instead this is a beautifully crafted exploration of the pleasures and pains of love affairs 40 years apart. The two relationships are cleverly intertwined as young journalist, Ellie, investigates a mysterious love letter found in the archives of the newspaper where she works, while at the same time wrestles with her obsessive love of a married man. This is not sugary romantic fiction, but an epic, moving, evocative and memorable book that I highly recommend.
Julia Franklin is an excellent reader.
"What a lover! What letters! What lives!!!"
Spanning 40 years or more this tells a fascinating love story. I had to start listening in the daytime as I wanted to know what happened. There is a lot of sadness but also happiness. I feel this is a must to listen too. Julia Franklin is my favorite narrator as she reads so clearly, words well pronounced, and characters clearly defined in her various voices. It is a book where you are always waiting to see what will happen next. Congratulation Jojo Moyes, now to listen to some of your other books.
"Jojo does it again!"
I thought I may not like this one, but 'Me Before You' and 'The One Plus One' blew me away. Jojo's writing is so imaginative, beautiful and skilled, that I had to give it a try. Its very different to the other two. Its a real old fashioned love story Jojo style. I loved it and will probably read it/listen again. Not something I do often.
"A compelling tale"
I really enjoyed this story from the start. It was easy to listen to. At first I thought it was going to be rather obvious and predictable but I loved the way the story unfolded over a long time-scale with a few unexpected twists. Highly recommend.
Delightful narration with a lovely tale of love, loss and how we used to live. Highly reccommended.
"Yet Another Great Novel By Jojo Moyes!"
A remarkably moving story, spanning several decades and different locations, I thought it was really well written and will be loved by all who enjoy a romantic tale with many twists. Really recommend this one!
Emotional, Romantic, Gripping
Jennifer and Boot, star crossed lovers born in a time when choices where not easy.
Jennifer and Boot, star crossed lovers
I would definitely recommend this book, lots of twists and turns.
"Touching Love Story"
I loved this book - a story spanning 40 years using letters and emails to help tell the story. Almost love lost but not quite. I suppose the ending was a bit contrived but I was gripped the whole way through. The story would not work if set in current times but I think it was believable in the time it was set. I also love happy endings!
"True love can be tough"
The story is about the true love, with all the romance and the innoncence that comes with it. It reminds us of our 'old days' - for those who are married. The characters will explore feelings such as tenderness, hope and disappointment.
The narrator is good at expressing all these feelings.
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