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Sam's Letters To Jennifer

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  79,466 Ratings  ·  2,238 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
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.
May 05, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam's Letters to Jennifer is heartwarming and bittersweet.

This book definitely gave me more than I expected. The cover, so Nicholas Sparks-ish did not lure me in. Actually it made me question was this a book I really wanted to read. The bittersweet sappy theme usually doesn't draw me in. It usually pushes me away. Too nice sometimes is too boring. There's a repetitive formula to these types of books that I have a hard time buying. But I said why not and decided to give it a try. I assumed it w
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
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 05, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Stu Schreiber
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stu-loves
Another excellent novel from Patterson. He's a writing machine.
Jennifer was summoned back to her hometown where she was raised by her grandmother. Her grandmother Samantha, took very ill with a heart attack and is in a coma in the hospital.

When Jennifer arrives home there, she discovers a pack of letters which have been addressed specifically to her by Sam. In every letter, her grandma reveals many sad memories of her past. She speaks of her late husband Charles, who beat her over the years, and the affair she had been carrying on the side with a man, Doc,
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I happened upon this book when I needed something to read and it was readily available on overdrive. I also wanted something light and easy as I had just finished the Goldfinch and the Nightingale... and my poor heart could not handle any more weight. I probably should have researched this a little more because it was not light at all, but it was a very easy read. A classic case of judging a book by its cover, or in my case, its title. The relationship between Jennifer and Sam was beautiful. Sam ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alones
This emotionally driven story will take you on highs and lows and leave you breathless. It conveys the beauty and power I love, new beginnings and second chances. Love never dies.
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
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tear_jerker, laguna
Beautiful story about hope, faith and the great victory of true love
An Odd1
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
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
Apr 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Phan
Sep 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
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
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, tbz, disliked
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
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Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alicen Dub
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-because
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.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Raquel Bernardes
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já tinha lido um livro do James Patterson, mas era policial e este reportório era um romance e decidi arriscar. E não me arrependo. Adoro romances! Acho que esperei foi demasiado tempo para ler, mas assim que o li não consegui parar de ler.
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