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Archive for October 10th, 2007

I’m stealing the following review format from Rosario. Hope you don’t mind, Ro! 🙂

TITLE: THE WEDNESDAY LETTERS
AUTHOR: Jason F. Wright

COPYRIGHT: 2007
PAGES: 280 plus a letter in an envelope taped inside the back of the book.
PUBLISHER: Shadow Mountain

SETTING: Virginia
TYPE: Contemporary Fiction
SERIES: None

REASON FOR READING: I saw the author talking about this book several weeks ago on the Glenn Beck show on CNN. At the time I thought he was very strange to be giving out his phone number on Live TV for those who wanted to call and talk with him after they had read the book.

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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.”

 

MY THOUGHTS: What an amazingly beautiful love story. I loved it. I went into this book thinking it was not a romance book. Boy, how wrong was I? The love Jack had for Laurel in the letters he wrote her during their marriage was just jumping off the pages of the story. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster of emotions reading the letters. Some had me laughing, some had me grinning like crazy (to the point that my girls were asking me why I was smiling so much), while some had me crying and reaching for the tissues. (Which of course made the girls’ groan and complain “Oh jeez, Mom is crying again while reading a book!”)

 

 

My heart broke for their children as they were going through their letters and preparing for their parents’ funeral. Especially Malcolm, the middle child, who had left town for two years and didn’t even know his father was ill. Watching him come to terms with the fallout of that and several other stuff in the story was heart-wrenching at times.

This is a book that should not be missed. Hound your local bookstores for it if you have to but you must read this. I can’t recommend it enough. You won’t be sorry. And when you do, email me so we can discuss it. 🙂

MY GRADE: An A+ for me. Who knew I’d have Glenn Beck to thank for introducing me to a new to me author? I’ve got his other book, CHRISTMAS JARS, on my TBB list now.

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Claudia Dain Book Winner

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We have a winner!

 

The little Diva pulled out a name just now and the winner of Claudia’s book is….

 

Cindy!!!

 

Congrats Cindy!

 

 

Email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces).

 

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Shiloh Walker Book Winner

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We have a winner!

 

The little Diva pulled out a name just now and the winner of Shiloh’s book is….

 

 

 

Susan!!!

 

 

 

Congrats Susan!

 

 

 

Since we had more than one Susan comment, this winner’s addy started with schaballa@…..

 

Email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces).

 

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