The Wednesday Letters Author:Jason F. Wright In the wake of his bestselling Christmas Jars comes 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 f... more »uneral, 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. -- Publishers Weekly« less
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I had no expectations from this book and I was hooked from the very 1st chapter. I read it in two sittings. It's delightful and if you believe in true love, family secrets and think your family is normal, this book is eye opening and the one for you!
Without being too preachy, this Christian Fiction novel tells the story of Inn owners Jack and Laurel Cooper through letters that Jack wrote to Laurel every Wednesday through the years of their marriage. When Jack and Laurel die in each others arms, the children are called home to make arrangements and while clearing out old boxes in the basement, family friend A&P (her nickname has its own story) comes across these letters and the lives of their parents are laid out in front of them. Through laughter and tears the children come to know their parents in a different way and to know the truth that was hidden from them.
A great cast of characters whom each have their own stories and weave their lives around a deeply caring community of friends and loved ones.
Jason sent me an advanced copy of this book a few months ago. I have shared it with several friends & family members and everyone has loved it. Jason writes such fantastic novels that you feel like you really know the characters. Try Christmas Jars, another fantastic book. It's being made into a movie for this years holiday season.
Jack and Laurel Cooper's story begins with one letter on their wedding night, a letter from the groom, promising to write his bride every week - for as long as they both shall live. Thirty-nine years later, with his wife cradled in his arms, and before Jack takes his last breath, he scribbles his last "Wednesday Letter" to his wife. That night, Jack and Laurel die in each other's arms.
When their adult children return to the family bed and breakfast in order to arrange their parents funerals, they discover the boxes and boxes full of love letters that their father wrote to their mother every Wednesday. As they begin to open and read each letter, the children discover the shocking truth about the past that ultimately forces them to face a life-changing moment.
As each letter reveals the joys and sorrows of their parents marriage, the children must face and deal with their own present-day challenges. Matthew, Jack and Laurel's eldest son, is struggling in a troubled marriage; Samantha, Jack and Laurel's only daughter, is a single mother, and Malcolm is the black sheep of the family, returning after a two year absence.
I liked this book and give it an A+! It was perhaps not my favorite book, but it was an easy read and interesting enough to keep me involved until the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books about families and will say that this particular book could possibly be read in one day - I read fifty pages before I went to bed last night and finished up the book today.