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Jack and Laurel have been married for 39 years. They've lived a good life and appear to have had the perfect marriage. With his wife cradled in his arms, and before Jack takes his last breath, he scribbles his last "Wednesday Letter." When their adult children arrive to arrange the funeral, they discover boxes and boxes full of love letters that their father wrote to their mother each week on Wednesday. As they begin to open and read the letters, the children -- who are all dealing with present-day challenges -- uncover the shocking truth about the past. Matthew has a troubled marriage, Samantha is a single mother, and Malcolm is the black sheep of the family who has returned home after a mysterious two-year absence. The Wednesday Letters has a powerful message about forgiveness, and quietly beckons readers to begin their own family traditions.

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Jack and Laurel have been married for 39 years. They've lived a good life and appear to have had the perfect marriage. With his wife cradled in his arms, and before Jack takes his last breath, he scribbles his last "Wednesday Letter." When their adult children arrive to arrange the funeral, they discover boxes and boxes full of love letters that their father wrote to their mother each week on Wednesday. As they begin to open and read the letters, the children -- who are all dealing with present-day challenges -- uncover the shocking truth about the past. Matthew has a troubled marriage, Samantha is a single mother, and Malcolm is the black sheep of the family who has returned home after a mysterious two-year absence. The Wednesday Letters has a powerful message about forgiveness, and quietly beckons readers to begin their own family traditions.The inspirational story of marriage, family, and forgiveness that has become not just a bestseller but an instant classic—a surprise New York Times bestseller from an author who delivers “American storytelling at its best.” 

Their story begins with one letter on their wedding night, a letter from the groom, promising to write his bride every week—for as long they both shall live.

Thirty-nine years later, Jack and Laurel Cooper die in each other’s arms. And when their grown children return to the family B&B to arrange the funeral, they discover thousands of letters.

The letters they read tell of surprising joys and sorrows. They also hint at a shocking family secret—and ultimately force the children to confront a life-changing moment of truth...

Specifications

Age Range
39 Years & Up
Series Title
Wednesday Letters
Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
288
Author
Jason F. Wright
Title
The Wednesday Letters
ISBN-13
9780425223475
Publication Date
August, 2008
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.49 x 5.50 x 0.80 Inches
ISBN-10
0425223477

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Great Story!!!
I enjoyed reading this touching family tradition so much I spread it out over a few evenings!!! I recommend this to anyone who believes in marriage and family. You may want to start your own Wednesday Letters !!
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
A sappy, melodramatic ...
A sappy, melodramatic book about secrets learned by adult children after their parents die. Ah, if only "real" life could be this forgiving and loving. If only all errors and misjudgments could be neatly placed in a big box with a wonderful red pretty ribbon.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Great Story!!!
I enjoyed reading this touching family tradition so much I spread it out over a few evenings!!! I recommend this to anyone who believes in marriage and family. You may want to start your own Wednesday Letters !!
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
A sappy, melodramatic ...
A sappy, melodramatic book about secrets learned by adult children after their parents die. Ah, if only "real" life could be this forgiving and loving. If only all errors and misjudgments could be neatly placed in a big box with a wonderful red pretty ribbon.
I enjoyed reading this touching family tradition so much I spread it out over a few evenings!!! I recommend this to anyone who believes in marriage and family. You may want to start your own Wednesday Letters !!
A sappy, melodramatic book about secrets learned by adult children after their parents die. Ah, if only "real" life could be this forgiving and loving. If only all errors and misjudgments could be neatly placed in a big box with a wonderful red pretty ribbon.

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1-5 of 41 reviews
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Great Story!!!

I enjoyed reading this touching family tradition so much I spread it out over a few evenings!!! I recommend this to anyone who believes in marriage and family. You may want to start your own Wednesday Letters !!

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

A truly amazing, heart...

A truly amazing, heart felt book! From the author of Christmas Jars, comes a book full of characters and events that will move you to tears, or make you chuckle a time or two! Set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Jason tells of a love that never faded for 40 years, even through the most trying and difficult times. Based on one man's promise to write his wife a letter every Wednesday, this story brings meaning to the words love,family, regret and trust. They lose both aging parents on the same night, but 3 siblings are brought back together again. While at their family's Inn, they discover the letters their father wrote to their mother. Then they find one letter that has one very startling, long with-held family secret, that would change all of their lives. As they continue to read, they find more clues, and more answers, but can one sibling find the faith and power to forgive? I literally read this book in one day, it was that wonderful and moving! This books is intriguing, magnificently written, full of love and laughter, and one very important message: forgiveness. I just could not put this book down! It is a timeless story that you don't want to miss. I give this novel two thumbs up AND five star praises!!!

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I bought this book rig...

I bought this book right after it was released and sat it on my TBR pile. And that's where it's been until this week. When I bought it I just knew I'd love it. Since then, I've read a lot of reviews for it. Many reviewers said it was to sweet, lovey dovey etc. I didn't think so at all. The characters do love each other. Deeply. But like all families they have disagreements, at times are disappointed in each other, have difference of opinions, but always know they are loved. I loved that Jack wrote to Laurel every Wednesday. My dad wrote notes/poems to my mom throughout their marriage, until the day she died. They were not only a Blessing to my mother, but my siblings and I were witness to the love they shared. The ending was a complete shock. I would never in a million years guessed it right. In my opinion this is definitely worth the money and time spent reading. I just don't understand the low ratings some gave this book. I thought it was wonderful.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Laurel and Jack have b...

Laurel and Jack have been married for 39 years and our the proud owners a bed and breakfast named Domus Jefferson. They have been through a lot during the course of their . They die in each others. Their three children end up finding a bunch of old letters , right up to the day their father died, all written to their mother on wednesdays. I think the letters that Jack wrote were a sign of great affection for wife and a legacy for his children to read after he died. I was shocked that Malcolm was not the biological son of jack and he did not know it until after he died. Cute story .

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I bought this book rig...

I bought this book right after it was released and sat it on my TBR pile. And that's where it's been until this week. When I bought it I just knew I'd love it. Since then, I've read a lot of reviews for it. Many reviewers said it was to sweet, lovey dovey etc. I didn't think so at all. The characters do love each other. Deeply. But like all families they have disagreements, at times are disappointed in each other, have difference of opinions, but always know they are loved. I loved that Jack wrote to Laurel every Wednesday. My dad wrote notes/poems to my mom throughout their marriage, until the day she died. They were not only a Blessing to my mother, but my siblings and I were witness to the love they shared. The ending was a complete shock. I would never in a million years guessed it right. In my opinion this is definitely worth the money and time spent reading. I just don't understand the low ratings some gave this book. I thought it was wonderful.


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