Jul 13, 2011

The Wednesday Letters

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

My rating: 3 stars

Overview from goodreads: 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. Thirty-nine years later, Jack and Laurel Cooper die in each other's arms. And when their grown children return to the family B&B to arrange the funeral, they discover thousands of letters. The letters they read tell of surprising joys and sorrows. They also hint at a shocking family secret—and ultimately force the children to confront a life-changing moment of truth . . .

I really enjoyed this book. I'd seen a couple of people recommend it, and I liked the concept behind the story - who doesn't want to read about a husband who writes his wife a letter every Wednesday through all the years they're married? Sweet right? Right.

I figured it would be a sweet, breezy read, but it would just be another book I'd say I'd read, but nothing that had a lasting impact.  I'm happy to say it ended up being a lot more than that.

I will admit, I might be a little biased. The story takes place in Virginia and as soon as I realized that I got really excited! The story takes place in an area I used to pass on my way to college - I've done a lot of hiking there and it was fun to know the places the characters were referring to. However, the author is obviously not from the Northern Virginia area because he uses the full names for roads, like the Capital Beltway, instead of just the beltway. But I digress.

There are so many nuggets of good advice in here. It's true to what marriage is about - joy, struggles, and the journey you make with your spouse. It got a little cheesy at times, and there are definitely Christian overtones in it, but overall the message was good. The ending was somewhat predictable, but even with that, I found myself loving the book more and more as it got closer and closer to the end.

I'll leave you with a quote that is simple enough, but true...and made me pause for a minute to think.

"The easy decisions bring short-term relief and satisfaction, don't they?...The tough decisions bring everlasting joy." (Pg 256)

Have you read this book? What did you think? Would you write a loved one a letter every week? Happy Wednesday!

(Hurry! The giveaway closes tomorrow at noon!)

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Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

It's been awhile since I have read this book, but I remember really liking it. I think I remember it having a predictable storyline, but it didn't bug me either. And the whole letter a week thing is awesome. What a wonderful tradition for a husband and wife. I have never had a guy write me a letter, let alone multiple letters. Maybe someday. :)

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

That sounds like a great concept for a book! I think I will have to check it out!

Amber said...

This book sounds awesome!!! I think writing a letter a week is such an amazing idea. Don't know if I could keep up with it myself, though ;) Maybe one a month :)

Mandy said...

I've read read this but I did recently add it to my to be read list. I think its incredibly romantic to write a letter to your spouse one day a week throughout the marriage/togetherness. I'm not sure I'm disciplined enough to do it though.

Carly Anne said...

I just finished "The Help" and am looking for another good summer read. I'll download this to my Kindle today and get on it! Thanks for the recommendation.

Stephany said...

How sweet! I love the premise of this book. I might have to add it to my must-reads list. :)

I'm pretty sure I couldn't write one letter a week! That takes so much dedication!

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