TGND recommended this book to me, and I have come to trust her recommendations completely. Moreover, having loved Moyes’ Me Before You, I couldn’t wait to get hold of this one.
It is the 1960s. Jennifer Stirling wakes up in a London Hospital, clueless about who she is or how she ended up in the hospital. All she could gather was that she was in an accident and was the wife of an extremely successful business magnate Laurence Stirling. Despite her husband’s obvious concern for her, Jennifer feels extremely uncomfortable in his presence, and unable to understand why she feels so uncomfortable in the privileged life that she and her husband seemed to live. Something just doesn’t feel right. She feels like a stranger in what is supposed to be her life. In her quest to understand her life before the accident, she starts looking for clues and comes across a bunch of letters, passionate letter to her, written by a mysterious ‘B’. She still couldn’t remember what happened in her life before the accident, but it was clear that her initial discomfort with her husband was something that stayed from her life before the accident. And that B was someone very dear to her, if only she could remember who he was!
Some 40 years later, journalist Ellie, is going through documents in the library archives of the newspaper that she works in. She has been assigned to write an article about life in the 60s by her boss, when she comes across a letter that piques her curiosity. Ellie needs to find out more. Completely intrigued and fascinated by the first letter, can’t seem to let go without finding out more about what seems to be a passionate but seemingly ill-fated love. As she digs into the decades old passion, she wonders if she has a lesson to learn as well.
I loved the book, loved the way the author has spun the romance, with the unexpected twists. Most of the book is about Jennifer and the way she finds her way in the maze that her memory seems to have become.
A beautifully written book. A simple enough story, handled in a beautiful way, it takes us through emotions, passions and life, with its unpredictability and uncertainty. The characters are real, with flaws, and warts and all. It is an absolute page turner, totally unputdownable. I couldn’t wait to find out what happens in the end. A book that left me moist-eyed by the end. I also loved the cover. Something about it, just called out to me. I would rate it a 4/5. So have you read this yet? And if so, how did you find it?
About the Author
Jojo Moyes is a British novelist. Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full-time novelist.