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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 uncover the shocking truth about the past. In ...
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Overview

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 uncover the shocking truth about the past. In addition, each one must deal with the present-day challenges. 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 for readers to start writing their own "Wednesday Letters."
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In the wake of his bestselling Christmas Jarscomes a sweetly crafted story from Wright, a Virginia businessman. Jack and Laurel Cooper are two hardworking, loving Christian pillars of the community who die in each other's arms one night in the bed-and-breakfast that they own and operate. The event calls their three grown children home for the funeral, including their youngest son, a fugitive from the law who must face an outstanding warrant for his arrest and confront his one true love, now engaged to another man. As events unfold around the funeral, the three children discover a treasure trove of family history in the form of "Wednesday letters"-notes that Jack wrote to his wife every single week of their married lives. As they read, the children brush across the fabric of a devoted marriage that survived a devastating event kept secret all these years. It's a lovely story: heartening, wholesome, humorous, suspenseful and redemptive. It resonates with the true meaning of family and the life-healing power of forgiveness all wrapped up in a satisfying ending. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590388129
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason F. Wright is the national bestselling author of Christmas Jars. He’s also a consultant whose editorial articles on politics, pop culture, and public policy have appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide. He serves as founder and managing editor of the widely read political destination, PoliticalDerby.com.

Jason fell in love with Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley while researching the area for The Wednesday Letters, and with the enthusiastic blessing of his wife, Kodi, he recently relocated with her and their four children to the historic town of Woodstock. A sign on their door says, “Friends welcome. Family by appointment only.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    Good piece of light reading!

    I loved this book! It had me in tears! My family was going away for the weekend and I brought this along and ended up reading it on the way to the cabin! I recommended it to my mother (who loved it) and now my aunt is going to read it! It was

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

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    moving read

    I read this book last summer and it is still fresh in my mind. I recommended it to a number of my friends and they all agreed that is was a moving and memorable book. This was one of the first books I gave out as gifts. I best appreciated how the writer included 'us' the 'reader' by leaving an actual letter enclosed on the back cover of the book. Great marketing and nice move on his part. Bravo!
    I would also highly recommend a one night read called Christmas Jars..

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    what a waste of my time!

    I started off reading it and thought, "Well, this is mediocre." By the end of the novel I was so disgusted with the corny lines, stupid plot, and boring characters that I couldn't believe this was bestselling book. Do not waste your time, like I did!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Disappointing

    I'm a huge fan of books written in the style of letters to/from various characters. This book disappointed. The characters were under-developed. The story-line was choppy and wrapped up too quickly. The ending was satisfactory, and the idea of the epilogue in an envelope sealed at the back of the book was novel... but the letter wasn't to/from the parties I had hoped, and was thus disappointing as well. Otherwise, it was a quick and simple read, nothing earth shattering.<BR/><BR/>See my recommendations below for books that did a far better job of story-telling via correspondence between characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    I too am surprised at bestseller status

    Really, if you like religious fiction, this is a good book. If you judge it on the writing and literary merits, the score comes in pretty low. However, the author certainly does have an audience and I'm sure he is pleased at how much money he has earned from this lame story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    Rainy Day

    This is a great rainy day book. Just curl up and read. It is a quick, easy and enjoyable read. Yes, it is predictable, but it does make you go aww in places.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

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    Good but on the hokey side

    I tend to be a realist not a romantic, so this book was just ok for me. A little unbelievable but I really liked the character development. A few surprises along the way made for pleasant reading. Great for book clubs!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    A true gift

    The Wednesday Letters is a book I would expect to become a classic. I often wonder what all of my "stuff" will say to my children when I am gone. The fictional family is given the opportunity to know their parents as the real people they were through letters left behind. I will be giving many copies as gifts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2008

    Loved this book!

    This book wan excellent. I enjoyed the characters & felt pulled into the book like I was there with them.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    Could have read smoother

    The book could have been written better. It's an okay book, but I would recommend lots of other books before I ever recommended this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Bittersweet

    I read this at a time when forgivness is a big issue in my family. It made me think that worse things can and do happen and it can bring out the best in you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Great

    I read this several years ago. A sweet uplifting story. A definite five star review. Read these beautiful letters from a man to his wife. This book will bless your very soul.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Truly enjoyed this book, loved the way it was written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Forgiveness

    I really enjoyed this book. The ending was a little iffy, but there is nothing like forgiveness. Gave me hope and isite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Touching

    But not worth the money I paid for it. Simple plot, simple thoughts. A time worn theme.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Wondrful touching relationship story

    I loved the family dynamics in this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    I felt the need to read this book because I am from Woodstock vi

    I felt the need to read this book because I am from Woodstock virginia and worked at the pharmacy he mentions several times. However this book didn't have a plot at all. I felt like I wasted the 2 days it took to read it. I liked knowing all the places that were mentioned but was bored the entire time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Freakin awsome!!!!!!!!

    im 13 and loved this book! i cryed,laughed, and wanted to yell at the book. the book is one of the best romantic stories i have ever read. i recomend this book to any one who wants a good laugh anda touching store.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Awesome!

    Started reading and couldn't put it down. It is a real story about family, family relationships, and how a family comes together in tragedy. I enjoyed is so much I has passed it on to a friend.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    The Value of Companionship shines!

    In "The Wednesday Letters" Jason Wright is at his usual best in expressing a real insight into family emotions; fears, anxiety, loneliness and joy. In his lyrical ways the pages just shine with these heartfelt qualities. I thought the story started out slow, but once the letters were found, it was refreshing to read how the grown-up sister and brothers; Samantha, Matthew, and Malcolm with all their different backgrounds, their pride, likes and dislikes, they still found the value of companionship, and love for each other. Overall, I thought this was an emotional, but uplifting story written by an excellent author.

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