“If all we are allowed is hours, minutes, I want to be able to etch each of them on to my memory with exquisite clarity so that I can recall them at moments like this, when my very soul feels blackened.”



Second novel I have just read by Jojo Moyes and I have noticed she has a talent in making her novels seem like a movie. You can envision through her words, the characters the emotions they present. Her usage of multiple time frames and locations, provides a complex but detailed plot enabling the readers to feel constant emotions and gain a wider understanding of the novel. Honestly, if this was made into a movie I believe it’ll be a tear-jerker!

Ellie in the year 2003, has problems with her current relationship where she asks for advise from her friends whether her lover is ‘the one’. As she rummages through files in the newspaper’s archives, she discovers passionate love letters that was forgotten and not sent. She decides to uncover the truth and reunite the lovers so they can have a happy ending, which in turn would help her determine the worth of her own modern romance.

Jennifer Stirling, 1960, finds herself in a hospital and does not remember the events which has led her to her current state. She remembers a few aspects of her life with the help of her husband, who secretly feels like a stranger to her. After settling in her ‘home’ she discovers letters, with one clue ‘B’ signed at the end, which asks her to leave her husband.

This passionate and moving novel, captures a kind of timeless love which is rare and special. The the lovers (Jenny and ‘B’) are like star-crossed lovers where they just cannot find the right timing for each other. I got very frustrated with how fate kept putting distance between them, but when they had those few encounters you see their passion and adoration for each other. The multiple jumps between time, was a bit confusing but you get the hold of it once you gain an understanding of the plot. The usage of placing letters within the novel was brilliant as it gave off raw emotions, that made you feel nostalgic as letters these days are rarely used between lovers.

I like the way Jojo Moyes compares how lovers in current times sends out their message to the other, compared to letters that held meaningful words as if their heart was sealed in the letter. In my opinion messages between couples these days are very shallow, I think lovers has lost their touch with written-word communication.


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