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Sam's Letters to Jennifer

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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  61,933 ratings  ·  1,883 reviews
Have you ever gotten a letter that changed your life completely?

Sam's Letters to Jennifer is a novel about that kind of drama. In it, a woman is summoned back to the town where she grew up. And in the house where she spent her most magical years she finds a series of letters addressed to her. Each of those letters is a piece of a story that will upend completely the world
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Hardcover, Large Print, 336 pages
Published June 28th 2004 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2001)
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Rachel C.
Gag. Every cheesy, tearjerker plot ever conceived is contained in this one novel. Among them: (view spoiler).

Also, I was expecting this book to be about a man writing love letters to a woman but S
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Maria Ella
Yes. I am a fan of James Patterson. Not because of his crime series. Not because of literary forms. It is because, no matter how hard I try, I am still a matronic reader. I invest tears in a book, especially if it is a story worth crying for.

Call this corny or cheesy or plain stupid, I wouldn't care. I cried in coffee shops, in libraries, in quiet rooms, and most especially, in my bedroom where it all lingered. And in this take, we see how special love transcends from one generation to another.
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Jen
Oh I just could not stand it! If I could have given it zero stars I would have! I am not a big fan of overally emotional books, where you feel manipulated by the author in order to have a certain reaction. I just felt like the whole story was over-the-top. Too much. I love books and when I purchase a book (which isn't often, I usually get them from the library) I keep it. I disliked this book so much that I couldn't stand to have it on my bookshelf. I donated it to a charity. In a nutshell: unre ...more
Karen
The story of a grown woman who feels she has lost everything in her life. her best friend; her grandmother just fell into a coma while the love of her life died a couple years back, partly because it was her fault. She spends restless days within the shadow of blame and regret towards herself while the anouncment of her grandmothers condition is discovered. The grandmother, sam, has left her letters in order to let her understand things in her life that no one else has. She begins to understand ...more
Jessie
I loved this book. It starts with Jennifer going to her grandmother's lake house, because her grandmother, Sam, is in the hospital. Jennifer finds letters that her grandmother has written to her. As she reads them, she finds the true meaning of love, and gets to know some secrets about her grandmother. I loved this book, because we all would love to have met our parents or grandparents when they were young... to really know who they were. In a way, Jennifer got to do that.
Sanz
If immorality and infidelity are your thing, this book is for you. The whole basis of the story is an unhappy woman who has a secret affair for years and after her husband dies, she marries him, secretly. Sam writes letters to her granddaughter, Jennifer, and details the relationship. My problem with it is that the author glamorized the relationship, like she was to be admired because she didn't leave her husband.

The best part of the book is this quote: "For a long time it had seemed to me that
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Erica
Mar 19, 2008 Erica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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An Odd1
Reminds me of Walk to Remember, which soaked many tissues at the time. "Love never dies", so if the loved one is dying, have affairs, consummate quick, and fatal illnesses will be cured. Babies are happy ever afters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phoEev...

Sam, grandmother Samantha, in coma, left letters for Jen about her secret affair with Doc (nickname). I don't like affairs, and even more dislike fiction that glorifies such betrayal and dishonesty. When Sam falls into a coma, the narrator rea
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Malerie
I read this book because I kept hearing that it's similar to the novels of one of my favorite authors, Nicholas Sparks. However, after reading it, although I guess I can see where that comparison came to mind, I just can't bear the thought of putting this book in the same category as The Notebook and The Choice. What I appreciate about Sparks' work is that it's poetic and romantic without being pretentious or overly wordy. This was my first experience reading Patterson's work, and while the stor ...more
Filipa
Tantas coisas eu poderia dizer acerca deste livro. . . seriam poucas para descrever os sentimentos que nele contém.
É sobretudo uma história de amor.
É sobretudo uma história sobre o amor incondicional entre uma avó e uma neta.
A cumplicidade existente entre elas está perfeitamente descrita. Elas são as melhores amigas.

Praticamente todo o livro se passa no lago Genebra, em que o próprio lago e a casa da Sam (avó) são personagens.
Jennifer (neta) já passou por muita coisa mas tem encontrado as força
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Sinfonia
Mais uma vez não estava à espera de gostar tanto de um livro como gostei desse.

Aliás, foi a primeira vez que me aconteceu ter pegado num livro às 10h30 da manhã e terminá-lo às 13h15 do mesmo dia... menos de 4 horas para ler um livro de 208 páginas.

Desde o inicio do livro que notámos uma leveza na escrita que se torna difícil de resistir a ler uma e mais uma página...

Essa é a história de Jennifer e Sam, a sua avó e melhor amiga. Jennifer é escritora de crónicas para o Jornal Tribune de Chicago e
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Rachel
There is something about a guilty pleasure book -- a quick read that is entirely predictable but still tugs at your heartstrings. This is how I would classify Sam's Letters to Jennifer.

I was a bit skeptical about reading this book, considering I had read Sundays at Tiffany's earlier this year and was wasn't too impressed with it. But, the dust jacket intrigued me, and I could tell it'd be a quick read like Sundays at Tiffany's, so I gave it a shot.

Being a Minnesotan, I really enjoyed how the boo
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Laura
This is by far the worst book I've ever read in my entire life... technically I listened to it with my best friend which was the only saving grace because we could make fun of it together. The writing was awful and the characters were so pathetic they were comical. I would give it less than one star if I could.
Antof9
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Andrea
This book was a bit of a shocker after reading quite a few books by Christian authors that kept their books very clean. There were a few swear words, and some of the subject matter was treated so lightly that it was a bit disturbing.

It was a very fast read, and is the story about a 30 something newspaper columnist that lives a pretty lonely life. Her husband drowned on a vacation in Hawaii, and she blames herself for it because she made some changes in their initial plans. She has a very close
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Amy
I can handle sappy stories. Really, some of them are quite good. But this? Sigh. My mom recommended it and really enjoyed it but I have to say I was sincerely disappointed.

Although I enjoyed the descriptions of Sam's house and Lake Geneva, there were just too many tragic twists in this story for me to take it seriously. Here come the spoilers...Jennifer's first husband dies, and she loses their baby - and she believes it's all her fault because she couldn't leave work in time for the Hawaiian va
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Kristy
Jan 19, 2009 Kristy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book revives memories for me of my own past, and my own relationship with my grandmother. I was pleasantly surprised that the story is composed into letters every few chapters. It reminds me a little of The Color Purple. This book offers plenty of closure, and it ends how it should. There are surprises, tragedy, and lessons to be learned. The most important lesson: Don't take life for granted, live each day as if it were your last.
Drebbles
Devastated after the tragic death of her husband, Jennifer has buried herself in working as a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. But when her beloved Grandmother, Samantha, has a bad fall and is in a coma, Jennifer drops everything to travel to Lake Geneva, an hour and a half away. Jennifer spent many wonderful summers at Lake Geneva as a child and despite the circumstances she's happy to be in one of her favorite places. While at the cottage, Jennifer discovers her grandmother has left her a pa ...more
Valerie
A friend lent me this book, so you really can't complain about a free book... but I will anyways :-)

In the prologue, it's established that the main character, Jennifer, had lost her young husband, Danny, in a swimming accident 18 months before. She laments that she mostly went through this grieving on her own, with the exception of support from two friends. One of those two friends was named ... Danny. Okay, four characters have been introduced and two have the same name? Not a Danny and a Danie
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Denise
One star seems a little harsh, but two stars, too much. I really wanted to enjoy a light, quick, sweet read. Unfortunately, as the story progressed I found it rather uncomfortable. Too many tragic circumstances for one small novel. I was disturbed by the immorality in the book. Especially the romance of Jennifer's grandmother by another man other than her husband. I did not find the characters endearing, people of integrity. The revelation of who "Doc" really was (you'll understand if you read i ...more
Sarah Vonschimmelmann
Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson wasn't the best book I've read but it was pretty good.
It is about a women named Jennifer whose grandmother, Sam, is in a coma. While she is at Sams home she finds letters that her grandmother had written to her about her past that she never told Jennifer about, also she is still trying to get over the death of her husband she finds love in another man while staying at her grandmothers home, a tragic turnaround happens when he tells her he is most li
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Erikka
Tritest bullshit I've ever read. Hard to believe he is a best selling author. If this is the crap the majority of our country reads no WONDER we are headed down the path of self immolation.
Cláudia
Se não soubesse quem era o autor, diria que era Nicholas Sparks. Assim, é James Patterson a querer escrever histórias à Nicholas Sparks!! :)
Como gosto do Nicholas, gostei do livro (até porque o J.Patterson faz finais felizes!!), mas prefiro-o a escrever aquilo que faz realmente bem...
Ivonne
Um romance fofinho *-*
Rhonda
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Hannah Barton
I found this book doing the one thing you're not suppose to do with books, I was judging by the cover.
I was hungry for a shameless-tear-jurking-romance novel, the story line looked right up my alley, the writer was well known and celebrated for being talented, and the cover art was pleasant. Being a big fan of Nicholas Sparks I am a seasoned veteran in wading through cliché girly mush that would make normal people vomit (and love every minute of it) Sparks novel's reduced me to sobbing quietly
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Thom Swennes
Life comes full circle. Upon the sudden and tragic news that Jennifer’s grandmother Sam is in coma, she immediately goes to be with her. Going back to this place she had spent so many happy summers awake many emotions. While she is waiting and praying for her grandmother’s recovery Jennifer is reunited with a childhood friend, Brandon. As time passes a bond is formed and romance doesn’t lag far behind. Through a series of letters written to her by Sam, Jennifer is painted an unexpected picture. ...more
Jennifer
Sam's Letters to Jennifer was a very emotional romantic story of the relationship between a grandmother (Sam) and the granddaughter she raised (Jennifer), as well as the relationships of both Sam and Jennifer and the men in their lives. It is a short, quick read, but even, so it was easy to get emotionally attached to the characters. It's amazing that this romantic tale comes from the same author that writes graphic murder mysteries. Although it was somewhat predictable, I was hooked until the e ...more
Mary
Oct 07, 2014 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Paperback Swap
A desperate phone call sends Jennifer back to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to the resort village where she grew up, to care for her grandmother Samantha. While she was alone in her house, Sam suffered a terrible fall and is currently comatose in the hospital. Returning to the place where she had spent so many happy summers, Jennifer has no idea that she will soon experience not one but two of the most extraordinary love stories she could ever know.

The first is completely unexpected. In a series of let
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3.5

What I like most about this book is that it cuts you but doesn't leave you bleeding. Not for nothing, at least.
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