Saturday, February 20, 2010

Review: The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright

I'm not sure where I got the recommendation to read The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright. I think it might have been the Bookmarks magazine my mother-in-law got for me over Christmas. (BTW - GREAT book magazine!) I read Letters on the plane back and tried not to pretend my tears and stuffiness was only from my cold.

Summary: 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…

This is such a well-written short family drama. You read about the parents dying in each other's arms. You read with the kids as they learn about the letters their dad wrote to their mom every Wednesday. Then as they find out good things and not-so-good things about their parents...cause we all know we are human and make mistakes. All of this among the emotional upheaval of the funeral, a lost 'sheep' of the family, past loves, and internal family drama.

If you are looking for a small, quick read that will tug at your heartstrings, I recommend The Wednesday Letters.

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


bermudaonion said...

It sounds like you have a great mother-in-law - I've had Bookmarks magazine on my wish list two Christmases in a row and I haven't gotten it.

Julie said...

Sounds good, Michele, I'm going to add it to my list!