“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.”

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LETTERS FROM YOUR LAST LOVER – Jojo Moyes

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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“Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”

ME BEFORE YOU  Jojo Moyes

When I came across this novel at my local library, I was hesistant as the cover was not enticing compared to other novels I had already borrowed on that day. But I gave it a risk as the introductory of this novel was a bit interesting. I was entirely surprised as both the cover and the blurb was no where near in capturing the full story of the novel, meaning I picked a novel that was not a traditional love story.

Lou Clark’s life is about being safe, where she loves to work at The Buttered Bun tea shop and is in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend. Suddenly she loses her job and in desperation to find a new one, to provide for her parents and sister, she is hired to become a carer.

Will Traynor’s life was full excitment, risks and living on the edge. One day a motorcyle accident changes his life completely, coming from a world of adventure and be able to control his life, Will loses his desire to live.

Fate brings both Will and Lou’s life together, as both present personalities collide they learn the meaning of life and love. But as months pass, a decision has to be made that may rip them apart.

In my opinion judging a novel can have its benefits, as books like these always suprises me when I finally give it a go. I was blown away by this novel! At the start it was slow to progress into the novel, but once I got introduced to Will I was immediately spell-bound. You can definately see the contrast between Lou’s and Will’s present and past lives and how this aspect is important throughout the book, in regards to character development. The book is structured with different POV which helped give an outside view of the story. I also found myself veering off to different directions while I was reading this book, as the story makes you understand why things had to happen the way it did, so though it had a main course it had bits where it took you to see a different side of the characters.

By the end of the novel, not only I accepted it was not a conventional romance novel, it was like reading a personal diary that follows the growth of Lou entagled with Will’s life. It made me teary at the end as I did not expect myself to be so engrossed with the characters, but also the story seemed so realistic! Controversial topics made me question my life, and if you ever get the change to read it you will definately understand me.

Just a sneak peak….

“I turned in my seat. Will’s face was in shadow and I couldn’t quite make it out.
‘Just hold on. Just for a minute.’
‘Are you all right?’ I found my gaze dropping towards his chair, afraid some part of him was pinched, or trapped, that I had got something wrong.
‘I’m fine. I just . . . ’
I could see his pale collar, his dark suit jacket a contrast against it.
‘I don’t want to go in just yet. I just want to sit and not have to think about . . . ’ He swallowed.
Even in the half-dark it seemed effortful.
‘I just . . . want to be a man who has been to a concert with a girl in a red dress. Just for a few minutes more.’
I released the door handle.
‘Sure.’
I closed my eyes and lay my head against the headrest, and we sat there together for a while longer, two people lost in remembered music, half hidden in the shadow of a castle on a moonlit hill.”

This is the first Jojo Moyes novel I’ve read and I’m going to rate it…

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