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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.

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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 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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Megan
Jan 16, 2009 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. ...more
Amy
Apr 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Melanie
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Sarah
Jan 04, 2008 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
Valerie
Nov 17, 2009 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
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Corky
Dec 03, 2007 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
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Christie
Jan 28, 2008 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.
Christie
Nov 30, 2007 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. ...more
Cherry
Feb 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Jenn
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book surprised by the ending
Thorey
Sep 11, 2011 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
Alyson
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, book-club, 2007
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Chris Conley
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for books that include lots of letters. In this one, the letters are key to the story but don’t dominate the narrative. The undertone of faith and forgiveness is very clear and makes everything fall together beautifully.
Michele
Dec 18, 2010 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 opi ...more
Vicki
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This beautiful love story has a lot of mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. A true love story at its core that reminded me (sorry but it did) of The Notebook. It resonated with me perhaps a lot because of my own parents' love story. My dad didn't write Mom love letters every week, but boy did he love her and he was a romantic at heart. And the same thing happened to me after my parents passed away that happened to Jack and Laurel's children.

My own parents were married for almost
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Susan
Sep 24, 2008 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.
Christina
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Christina by: Joy
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Juli
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't even know what to say. This was BAD. How is this not marked as Christian literature? And by that, I mean TERRIBLE Christian lit! There are so many things wrong with this book. I don't think I feel like discussing all of them. But a few stick out like sore thumbs. 1) There was ZERO character development. 2) Everything that happens is told rather than shown. 3) Christian references were used as a crutch to explain away bad things that happened to this family. It was like reading an instruc ...more
Kathy Gange
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a sappy little sad book about a couple that dies on the same day. The husband writes love letters to his wife every Wednesday. It was a little boring I had to force myself to finish this book. I guess this book was not what I expected.
Norma Monson
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
With all the tech stuff in the world, we are reminded of a simpler time and the thought process of writing a real letter that you couldn’t just back space if you changed your mind or it would be a crumpled up paper or lines through what you thought you wanted to say...
Joel
Nov 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Nice message but the plot was so cheesy, cliche and forced I don’t think it could even be made into a Lifetime movie.
Cindy
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: 2009-read, favorites
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Ivy
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jenny
Jul 29, 2008 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 c ...more
Terri
Jan 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
You know the sound you make when you stick out your tongue at someone? Well that's the sound I'm making right now after finishing this book!!!!! I know there are evidently a bunch of people out there who will beg to differ since this is a NY Times Bestseller......but REALLY??!! I found this book to be poorly written and predictable. The characters had conversations that were just totally unbelievable and ones that didn't even seem to match the characters themselves. And.....I have absolutely not ...more
Jenifer
Aug 10, 2010 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 thr ...more
Amy
Apr 22, 2009 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. ...more
Linda
Sweet, Christian-themed novel about a family gathered for the double funeral of a man and his wife, during which thousands of love letters from the man to the woman were discovered in their effects. Of course, a secret was revealed therein, which had to be resolved à la movie-of-the-week. Very predictable, fast read.
Jen
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I was disappointed. I had hope for more somehow. It felt like it took forever to get to the letters which was the part I was most interested in. The ending was difficult and was really surprise by what happened. I think it's a book it either you connected with it or not. I didn't. Wasn't a bad book at all. ...more
Margaret
Sep 29, 2007 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.
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