Book Review: The Wednesday Letters

menu_r1_c1Author:      Jason F. Wright

Publisher:  Berkley Books, The Penguin Group.


ISBN #:    978-0-425-22347-5

Type:        Fiction – Drama

Pages:     280 Paperback

Purchase: $9.63 from Amazon.Com (HERE)




The Review

February is the month of love… cupid… Valentine’s Day.  This Monday, I revied Love In The Time Of Cholera, the movie and today I am reviewing The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright and the book is all about love!

I became introduced to his work when I recently read (and reviewed) Recovering Charles.  While recently at Walmart watching the twins involved in a frenzy over the Twilight series books, I perused the book section for any cool little nuggets that I had to have.  There was one copy of this book, behind stacks of others, that I happened to come across.  “Cool!” I exclaimed, aloud.  I really liked his other book and I have been seeing some good things about this book in our blogging community.  In the cart it went.

n23765971605_1057030_375This book is about so many types of love: the love of God, the love of your spouse, the love of your child, the love of your soulmate, and the unconditional love that presents forgiveness in face of adversity in the worst of circumstances.  This is a story of Jack and Laurel Cooper who run a B&B in the quaint, rural community of Woodstock, Virginia (see video below).  After nearly 40 years of marriage, they both pass away one night to be found by a guest of the inn the following morning.  Their three children, Matthew, Samantha and Malcolm come from different walks of life to arrange their funeral and mourn their loss.  When the three children reunite, we discover the heartaches and joys of these siblings as they search out peace admist their loss.

In going through their parents’ belongings, they discover a box of letters that their father, Jack, wrote to their mother, Laurel, every Wednesday during the stay of their marriage.  Through reading them, they discover the best and the saddest parts of their parents’ lives and unearth secrets that will affect them all.   

In reading this book, you will find a sense of calm, understanding, and forgiveness.  You will root for the underdog, Malcolm, on his journey back to love and strength.  You will find yourself rooting for love to be the one thing that makes everything right, in the end.

On Sher’s “Out of Ten Scale:”

I am just a Jason F. Wright fan, now, folks!  I really liked Recovering Charles and I very much enjoyed this book.  You know, I have no choice now but to read The Christmas Jars because his style of writing is just right up my alley!  There are facets of his works that remind me of Nicholas Sparks, whom I love, love, love!  This book is an easy, peaceful read which I gobbled up very quickly.  I do encourage you to read it for Valentine’s Day this year, especially you married folk!  One thing that the book brings forth is the suggestion to write the one you love, on paper, and faithfully to demonstrate the expansiveness of your heart and soul to them.  If I ever fall in love again, I will do just that!  Believe me, I will!

So, for the Fiction: Drama:Family/Love, I am giving The Wednesday Letters a 9 out of 10.  I love this type of book!

A Love Letter to remember…

Ronald Reagan ~ March 4, 1983  

Dear First Lady

I know tradition has it that on this morning I place cards Happy Anniversary cards on your breakfast tray. But things are somewhat mixed up. I substituted a gift & delivered it a few weeks ago.

Still this is the day, the day that marks 31 years of such happiness as comes to few men. I told you once that it was like an adolescent’s dream of what marriage should be like. That hasn’t changed.

You know I love the ranch but these last two days made it plain I only love it when you are there. Come to think of it that’s true of every place & every time. When you aren’t there I’m no place, just lost in time & space.

I more than love you, I’m not whole without you. You are life itself to me. When you are gone I’m waiting for you to return so I can start living again.

Happy Anniversary & thank you for 31 wonderful years.

I love you

Your Grateful Husband





This is adorable… a movie about Woodstock, VA with Jason Wright’s daughter: 

Here is what Jason Wright has to say about writing letters:

The Christmas Jars is most likely his most famous book and is being made into a motion picture:

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7 Responses

  1. Nicole

    February 6th, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Wonderful review Sheri. This one sounds really sweet and touching. Thanks for posting the Reagan letter. I love the art of letter writing. I wish that we did it more.

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  2. Molly

    February 6th, 2009 at 3:59 am

    I so enjoyed reading your review and the concept of regularly writing to one’s spouse is really quite thought-provoking. You have convinced me to add Jason F Wright to my ever growing TBR pile :)

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  3. Kathy

    February 6th, 2009 at 5:38 am

    That looks like a great book for this time of year.

    Kathy’s last blog post..Review: Little Pink House

  4. Nely

    February 6th, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I recently read two of his books (early January) Christmas Jars and The Wednesday Letters – I still haven’t been able to get a copy of Recovering Charles (but I’m working on it). I loved both books and reviewed both on my site and to my surprise Jason, himself, came by and commented on my reviews. I have no idea how he found me or how he learned that I reviewed his books, but I thought that was such a nice gesture of his that even if I hadn’t liked the stories I would still buy and read his stuff just because he is such a nice guy.

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  5. Alyce

    February 6th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    This sounds like a wonderful book! I’m going to be reviewing Recovering Charles sometime next month, and I’m looking forward to it.

    Alyce’s last blog post..Friday Finds – February 6

  6. Anna

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:39 am

    I bought this book a few months ago but haven’t read it yet. Glad to hear it’s good.

    Anna’s last blog post..And the Winners Are…

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