The Wednesday Letters

The Wednesday Letters

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by Jason F. Wright
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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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From the Publisher
“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.”—Publishers Weekly

“Romance and magic still live!”—Glenn Beck, talk-radio and CNN host

“Jason’s ability to write compelling fiction is a gift. I am of course writing a letter to my wife of 44 years on Wednesday.”—Kieth Merrill, Academy Award-winning film director

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590388129
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
“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.”—Publishers Weekly

“Romance and magic still live!”—Glenn Beck, talk-radio and CNN host

“Jason’s ability to write compelling fiction is a gift. I am of course writing a letter to my wife of 44 years on Wednesday.”—Kieth Merrill, Academy Award-winning film director

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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Wednesday Letters 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
caregiver4u2 More than 1 year ago
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..
Bookclub_enthusiast More than 1 year ago
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.

See my recommendations below for books that did a far better job of story-telling via correspondence between characters.
jbg78 More than 1 year ago
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.
gilbertteacher More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 22 days ago
This is a must read! Then when you are done you MUST READ The Wedding Letters next!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Such a wonderful book Truly a classic Loved it!!!
StephanieTiner 4 months ago
Jack wrote Laurel a letter on their wedding night, a Wednesday, in which Jack promised to write Laurel a letter every week. That's how it all started and every Wednesday, Jack wrote his wife, even the Wednesday that they died in each other's arms. When their children return home to organize the funerals, the discover the thousands of letters their father wrote to their mother all the years of their marriage. As they delve into this part of their parents life that they did no know about, they discover a great secret that threatens to unravel their precarious relationships with one another. Now they must learn what it means to forgive and the importance of family. It is not often that a fictional story brings me to tears, however, by the end of this novel I was finding it difficult to read the words on the page. This story is the kind of story that will touch many peoples heart and I am surprised it isn't a Hallmark movie or some such. (If it is, well, I don't watch a lot of tv). I fell in love with the characters in this book, even the characters of Jack and Laurel he pass away early on in the story. It is remarkable that they are written so well that I could truly picture these people living somewhere in this little world of ours. The characters are no invincible, they broke down, they made mistakes, the same ones we make and the people we know make. This made the book touch deeper than your average book does. The discover made int eh words written in these letters and heartbreaking to the characters left to discover what had happened so many years before. All of the realistic reactions that I can think of where in this book. Well not all of them that I can think of, what I mean is that the characters reacted in different ways, because they are supposed to be different people and the new effects them in different ways. I think this is one of the many things that made this book so good. I truly love this book and would recommend it to everyone. It has such a touching and powerful story. It has made its way into my favorite stories and I will never regret the day I made this impulse purchase.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I read the whole thing in one day. My favorite part of the book was the letters. I found myself wanting to rush through the parts that were not letters just so I could to the next letter. Once I got even closer to the mystery the family had hidden the faster I read. I was shocked when I found out what happened and even more shocked to find out all the truth. Jack and Laurel had such a love that most people dream of. I love the idea of Jack writing a letter every Wednesday starting with the day they were married right up until the day they died. Not many books lead me to tears but this was one that did. It has also inspired me to write letters like Jack's. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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qupa-chlo More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this book, loved the way it was written.
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I really enjoyed this book. The ending was a little iffy, but there is nothing like forgiveness. Gave me hope and isite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But not worth the money I paid for it. Simple plot, simple thoughts. A time worn theme.
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Cy1122 More than 1 year ago
I loved the family dynamics in this story.
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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 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.