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Sam's Letters to Jennifer

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  89,139 ratings  ·  2,538 reviews
Grief-stricken by a recent tragedy, Jennifer returns to the resort village where she grew up to help her beloved grandmother. There, Jennifer will discover new meaning in life and experience not one, but two of the most amazing love stories ever.
Paperback, 263 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2001)
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Rachel C.
May 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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
”Please don’t shut out love- it’s the best thing about life.”

The world works in mysterious ways, friends. And I believe in that saying now more than ever.

I say this because I do not understand how any agent, editor, or publisher would allow such an abominably written book to be published.

Jennifer has always had a close relationship with her grandmother, Sam. So, when Sam falls into a coma after a freak accident, Jennifer rushes to be by her side. While there she discovers a bundle of letter
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Shelves: stu-loves
Another excellent novel from Patterson. He's a writing machine. ...more
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 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laguna, tear_jerker
Beautiful story about hope, faith and the great victory of true love
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Hannah Phan
Sep 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
An Odd1
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Krystal  (Nerdy_book_lover_1987)
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
Wow what a amazing and beautiful story! James Patterson never let's me down with his writing! A must read for sure considering I finished it in 3 hours! ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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
 Ananya thefoodandbooklife
A book that I've re-read more times than I can count. It is my go-to 'feel good' read.
Jennifer is a Chicago based columnist who has sworn off love following the death of her husband 2 years ago. She says she is happy with her job and her two cats. Her only family is her Grandmother Sam. But everything falls to pieces when she receives word that Sam is in a coma. She rushes to her side and discovers that Sam has left a series of letters for Jennifer. Jennifer discovers the truth about Sam's life
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 20, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Denise Ballentine
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
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
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. ...more
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.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jul 29, 2014 rated it did not like it

"Grief-stricken by a recent tragedy, Jennifer returns to the resort village where she grew up to help her beloved grandmother. There, Jennifer will discover new meaning in life and experience not one, but two of the most amazing love stories ever." (From Amazon)

Patterson is trying to channel Nicholas Sparks but it comes off as a very watered down A Message in a Bottle.
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. ...more
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