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The Wednesday Letters

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  17,486 Ratings  ·  3,596 Reviews
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.

Hardcover, 280 pages
Published August 31st 2007 by Shadow Mountain
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Nickle Love Maybe she's telling him to come back because she loves him? I don't know! I was waiting for the "reveal" of what was in the letter but never got an…moreMaybe she's telling him to come back because she loves him? I don't know! I was waiting for the "reveal" of what was in the letter but never got an answer. Huhuhu.(less)

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Feb 20, 2009 Megan rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, book-club
My Book Club's latest selection...I don't have much to say about it except if you love Hallmarky books that are written on about a 5th grade reading level with characterization that reads, "But with eyes like that, Rain never blended into the crowd.", then you'll love it.
Hippo dari Hongkong
Ahirnya beres juga...
jadi begini para rekan durjana tercinta, menurut seorang durjanawanwati ini buku ide-nya bagus, sayangnya eksekusi gak terlalu bagus, ceritanya terlalu datar buat sang durjanawanwati. Sepertinya dia sedikit "terganggu" dengan karakter Jack yang dimatanya terlalu hebat ato agung *kalo dia jadi jack dijamin dia bakal cari itu brandal yang macem2 itu dan membunuhnya ~ dengan kampak pingky tentunya, hehehe* Dia lebih memilih buku2 karya nicholas sparks aja kalo nyari buku bertem
Apr 08, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it
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Dec 13, 2013 Melanie rated it it was ok
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Feb 04, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Oprah or Hallmark fans only
Recommended to Sarah by: Tara Larson
Talk about a made-for-tv movie to be featured on the Lifetime channel! Not my cup of tea---too cheesy and Hallmark-y (is that a word?). You could just hear the violin music playing in the background of this one. Yeah, it was a good, clean, easy read, and offered a good lesson on forgiveness and how we should be slow to judge others because we don't know their whole story, but SO much of it was too dramatized. The little plot shocker at the end of the story was too "YEAH RIGHT,(w/ eye roll)" for ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
saya memiliki satu pemikiran sejak dulu. bahwa jika saya bertemu sosok yang saya cintai, dan menghabiskan seluruh sisa hidup saya dengannya nanti, saya ingin kematian menjemput saya duluan dibanding dia (egois ya? lol). karena bagi saya, ungkapan 'hingga maut memisahkan' jelas tidak dapat diatur dalam waktu yang sama. dan jika itu dapat terjadi, seperti sebuah bonus. jadi jika boleh memiliki satu keinginan egois terkait orang yang dicintai, saya akan memilih keinginan tadi. 'pergi duluan'.

Dec 31, 2013 Corky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
One more for the "best read" group ---

Jack and Laurel have been married for 39 years. Every Wednesday of those years Jack has written a letter to Laurel.

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 un
Feb 25, 2009 nanto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, friend-s-lib
Surat Cinta di Hari Rabu demikian judulnya. Tamatpun di hari Rabu. Kilasan mengenai sepasang kekasih yang terpisah oleh maut hanya dalam rentangan menit. Karena begitu yang satu menyusul tak lama setelah kepulangan kekasihnya. Lalu dimana arti surat-surat itu? Saya yang suka sejarah menyebutnya surat-surat itu adalah artefak perjalanan mereka.

Seremeh itu kah?

Artefak yang terkumpul lama sejak mulai pertemuan hingga menjelang perpisahan mereka menjadi tak remeh tentunya. Di dalamnya ada torehan na
Jan 11, 2014 Christie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: elven folk
Maybe this book is good. I wouldn't know, I couldn't get interested enough to go past the first few chapters. Fuck off book.
Feb 22, 2008 Cherry rated it really liked it
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Jan 31, 2008 Christie rated it it was ok
While reading the reviews on this book, I was so excited to open and read. However, this book was NOT what I was expecting. I feel like the author was trying to hard to produce another acclaimed novel with a Title that entices, but failed to deliver. The adolescent verbage used by the characters cheapened the novel a bit. I would not have titled this book The Wednesday Letters due to the fact that the letters, although an integral part of the book, was not what the book was about.
Nov 21, 2009 Valerie rated it did not like it

********If you liked the book, don't read this********
Funny thing, this story echoed my own experience,
you see before my husband Benjamin and I got married, we dated in High school, then when I refused to put out Benjamin ran away to central america for two years, where, despite frequent attepts on his virtue, which he carefully chronicled in letters sent to me every wednesday, he remained as pure as the driven snow just as he had left (you know, like most juvenile delinquents). Except of cour
Sep 14, 2011 Thorey rated it did not like it
This was one of the stupidest books I have ever read. Well, to be honest, it was so poorly written that I could not do much more than skim it. If you want a book about forgiveness and redemption, or choices for goodness sake, read East of Eden or Crime and Punishment or something worthwhile. Had it been merely "cutesy" or stupid, I would say, yeah, go ahead and read it. SPOILER: The problem, however, was that this MALE author suggested that his female fictional character believed God had sent a ...more
Nov 15, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nebrigs
Recommended to Susan by: HBG 12-4-08
This is a story of adult children who come home to bury their parents and find boxes of letters their father had written to their mother every Wednesday during their 39 years of marriage. Lots of secrets and lots of truths and how faith and forgiveness are the lessons good parents teach their children at any age. It reads fast and I cried.
Feb 08, 2009 Meredith rated it liked it
I just finished this book. It was okay. I read a lot of reviews on Amazon about it saying they didn't care for the preachy, conservative-Christian viewpoint it touted. I didn't see an overbearing theme like that come across at all, and I was surprised that so many reviewers didn't care for the book for that reason. All the choices and reactions of the characters felt genuine, and while to some the choice of the main characters' mother may have seemed "ultra-conservative," I thought it was ...more
Feb 16, 2009 Christina rated it liked it
Recommended to Christina by: Joy
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Dec 18, 2010 Michele rated it did not like it
This book attracted me because I'm a sucker for any book that involves letters. I've read a couple of others recently that I've enjoyed. Maybe one star is a bit harsh for this. I did finish it after all. But, there were a couple of moments that I considered not doing so. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that the book was short and there was a mystery element, so I figured I might as well hang around and see what happened. I'm surprised this is a NYT bestseller. It is not, in my ...more
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Jun 22, 2010 Evi Yuniati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Ternyata kebiasaan menulis itu bisa menyimpan banyak makna ya, apa yang tidak bisa diungkapkan secara lisan bisa leluasa diungkapkan dengan tulisan.

Saat membaca awal cerita ini saya pikir seperti cerita roman lainnya karena dari judul dan sinopsis di belakangnya menyiratkan seperti itu. Lembar demi lembar saya lewati dan ternyata makin ke belakang makin seru karena ternyata selain unsur romantisme cerita ini juga dibumbui unsur teka teki tentang siapa Malcolm. Kalau saja Jack tidak pernah menump
Apr 22, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
The story was pretty good. A good plot anyway. The writer on the other hand was kind of jumpy to me and didn't fill in all the details that needed to be in the story to really draw you in. Sometimes I had to guess with details about the charaters and even about half the conversations left me wondering because they didn't quite seem complete.
Jun 25, 2010 Ivy rated it really liked it
Forgiveness is the purpose of this feel-good novel about a young man who comes home to find his parents dead in each other's arms. Malcolm Cooper is on the run for assaulting two men in a dark alley one night. After years of losing himself in the Amazon jungle, he is notified that his parents have passed away and Malcom must decide if he will come to their funeral and risk being arrested, or stay in Brazil to avoid facing his lost love, Rain.

When Malcolm finds the courage to make the trip, he an
Aug 07, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Okay, I like this book but I have some problems with it. I was really hoping for a feel good story and it was kind of disappointing. I liked the idea of the Wednesday letters. It is sweet to think that a husband would do this. I like the idea of redemption that is discussed in the story but it really bothers me when LDS authors don't just make their characters LDS! I mean what is the big deal? It wouldn't be like they would have to explain everything about our faith but if you're going to have ...more
Dec 30, 2011 Jenifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. This received solid three stars from many of my friends. What? By the end of this relatively short book I couldn't wait for it to be over. Melodramatic, Sentimental and Condescending. All at once, folks. If I couldn't handle this at Christmastime, there's no way I would have ever liked it. Plus, the audio had all the feel of a stake conference talk. I like stake conference okay, I just want my book to have some reality to it. This was just too moralistic. You don't have to give something ...more
Oct 02, 2007 Margaret rated it it was ok
I finished. I am a little dissapointed. Its ok, but nothing in comparison to his first book. Its a nice, quick story. I was expecting the perpetrator to be someone else, so that was a little twist. But not much of one. Let me know what you think in the comments section.
Apr 05, 2009 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 2.5 stars if I could. I liked the message and the idea, but felt the writing was definitely not as good as it could have been.
Jan 24, 2015 Shelley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gosh, this was bad, really, really bad! Right up there with "Worst Books I've Ever Read in my Life!" When we went home to Toronto for Christmas, my sister-in-law loaned me this book, and another, The Seventeen Second Miracle both by Jason F. Wright. I live in Northern Virginia and she thought since this writer lives there, and his stories also take place there that I would be interested in reading them. She even told me they were "pretty good books". Oh boy, do I beg to differ. I would give it a ...more
Oct 05, 2016 Gina rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but the writing and plot line just bored me. I read the first 60 pages and then, after not having any motivation to pick it back up again, went straight to the end and wrapped it all up nicely in the last twenty pages or so.
Jan 18, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: 2009-read, favorites
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Aug 15, 2015 Phyllis rated it really liked it

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 jo
Jul 19, 2010 Sheri rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club, 2010-reads
I didn't really enjoy this book, and I'm not quite sure why. I can't help but wonder if I read different books at different times in my life, if I would have a completely different opinion of them. Honestly, this book should have been good. It had a touching storyline, it had interesting characters, it had several twists that I didn't see coming, it had a good message... I just wasn't feeling all of it. The only thing I could think the whole time was that the author was trying too hard to shock ...more
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Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.

Jason is a weekly columnist for the Deseret News and Northern Virginia Daily and articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The W
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