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Sam's Letters to Jennifer

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  57,186 ratings  ·  1,815 reviews
Narrator Jen returns to her grandmother Samantha, who fell and is in a coma. She finds a series of letters addressed to her, about Sam's secret affair. Meanwhile a childhood summer pal moves in nearby. Brendan is handsome, kind, funny, and ill. Two extraordinary love stories are entwined.
Paperback, 263 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (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...more
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....more
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
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
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.
Another shining example of Patterson's abilities. His direct writing style, and creation of characters that are so very, well, human and like us are what makes his work so perfectly enjoyable.
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...more
Mar 19, 2008 Erica rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.

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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Aug 28, 2010 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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...more
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.
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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...more
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...more
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.
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
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...more
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...more
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...
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
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
Taymara Jagmohan
I love letters and this you can imagine reeled me in with the mention of the word 'letters!' I admired the way beauty slowly forms into your heart.

I know I cannot feel everything these books are trying to teach me, or in fact the World--- but I'd love to think I am a little closer to the value of emotional honesty. Yes. Most definitely. Cocksure about that notion.
Recently, I find that I stand extensively in my confidence, and it isn't as slow as it previously was. Some days are shaky, but there...more
I picked up a copy of this book I think six hours ago and I've already finished it. Oops.

To start my review off, I have to say that I have not read a book by this author before, nor did I look up any reviews for the book. Of course, like almost every human being that follows people that are in the booktube community, I have heard of James Patterson’s books and each and every time, the emotions are mixed. That is why I did not have too high hopes going into this book.

I am going to be honest with...more
Alicen Dub
I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh it made me cry and I fell in love with Sam. She was such an incredible woman. Reading this book I could feel the love she had for her granddaughter and for the love of her life. I was happy but not really surprised to hear who it was she fell in love with mostly cause all books like this have a predictability about them. I am not usually a mushy love story kind of person but I really enjoy the ones that James Patterson writes.
This is a good attempt by James Patterson.
A story full of love, full of emotions.
Right from the start, till the very end, its tough not to break down.
He has showed that crime and murder is one side of him, but he can too write a bit of romance and mystery.
The story is of Samantha (Sam)who is grandmother to Jennifer.
Jennifer has recently lost her husband Danny.
Sam had written her letters long back and Jennifer reads them whilst Sam is admitted in the hospital.

In the letters conceal a secret of S...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
What a beautiful, heartwarming story about a grandmother and her secret love and her granddaughter, Jennifer, who has experienced so much loss in a short period of time. Sam's letters to Jennifer had me in tears and smiles as I read Sam's story. Yes, Love never dies.
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