Saturday, January 26, 2008
The Wednesday Letters...Review
About the book:
The surprise New York Times bestseller, from an author who delivers “American storytelling at its best.”
The story of marriage, family, and forgiveness that has become not just a bestseller but an instant classic.
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…
I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I thought the premise was interesting (a husband writing his wife a letter every week for 39 years). I didn't love his previous book, The Christmas Jars, the first time I read it, although I loved the idea it created. So I didn't hold out much hope for this book.
It was a quick read and I loved how the story wasn't told through the letters but because of the letters. The letters enhance the story and bring forth important pieces of knowledge. I loved the way the story showed forgiveness and mercy. It all wrapped up a bit too neatly and perfectly, but it was an overall good, thought-provoking book.
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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