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In the wake of his bestselling Christmas Jars comes a sweetly crafted story from Wright, a Virginia businessman. Jack and Laurel Cooper are two hardworking, loving Christian pillars of the community who die in each other's arms one night in the bed-and-breakfast that they own and operate. The event calls their three grown children home for the funeral, including their youngest son, a fugitive from the law who must face an outstanding warrant for his arrest and confront his one true love, now engaged to another man. As events unfold around the funeral, the three children discover a treasure trove of family history in the form of Wednesday letters-notes that Jack wrote to his wife every single week of their married lives. As they read, the children brush across the fabric of a devoted marriage that survived a devastating event kept secret all these years. It's a lovely story: heartening, wholesome, humorous, suspenseful and redemptive. It resonates with the true meaning of family and the life-healing power of forgiveness all wrapped up in a satisfying ending. (Oct.)
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“A lovely story: heartening, wholesome, humorous,suspenseful, and redemptive. It resonates with the true meaning of family and the life-healing power of forgiveness all wrapped up in a satisfying ending.”—Publishers Weekly

“Romance and magic still live!”—Glenn Beck, talk-radio and CNN host

“Jason’s ability to write compelling fiction is a gift. I am of course writing a letter to my wife of 44 years on Wednesday.”—Kieth Merrill, Academy Award-winning film director
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425223477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425223475
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.

Jason is a columnist for Fox News, TheBlaze, Deseret News and the Northern Virginia Daily. Articles by Jason have appeared in over other 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The Wednesday Letters (2007); Recovering Charles (2008), Christmas Jars Reunion (2009); Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle (2009); The Cross Gardener (2010); The Seventeen Second Miracle (2010); The Wedding Letters (2011); The 13th Day of Christmas (2012); The James Miracle: 10th Anniversary Edition (2014); and, Christmas Jars Journey (2015).

Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks on faith, the Christmas Jars movement, the Joy of Service, the lost art of letter writing and many other topics. He has been seen on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN, and on local television affiliates around the country.

Jason is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, but has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon and Utah. In 2007, while researching Virginia's Shenandoah Valley for his novel The Wednesday Letters, Jason fell so in love with the area that he moved his family westward from northern Virginia to Woodstock. They've lived in the Valley ever since.

Jason is married to Kodi Erekson Wright. They have two girls and two boys.

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Do yourself a favor: skip the celeb-gossip books that are bombarding the amazon top ten list, and go straight for The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright, A Beautiful Bucket of Bones by M. Luci, and Mother Theresa: Come Be My Light. If you refuse your voyeur instincts, you will turn to these novels and find the rewarding feelings of love and hope that all three so graciously inspire.

The Wednesday Letters is a classic American story filled with dreams and the struggles that surround them. A happily married couple, the Coopers, die in each others arms after a life of hard work, faith and love. Their children return for their funeral and find letters that not only show them the secrets of the lives they thought they knew, but guide them to the point of self-discovery, acceptance, and peace. It is a heartwarming story that will satisfy anyone who has ever had a dream and has had to find a way to move along when that dream dies.
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I read this book because it was recommended to me as an inspiring book with an unusual twist. It ended up inspiring me to throw it across the room. I really disliked this book.

SPOILER ALERT: Don't read if you don't want to know.

First, let me say that I am a Christian so the pro-life parts of the book were appreciated by me. I also find the theme of forgiveness a wonderful one to explore in the context of a rape. The premise of family secrets being revealed through the weekly letters was an intriguing idea. Alas, everything else about this book was completely preposterous. I believe in the power of forgiveness but one can forgive without embracing the offender as part of your life. I'm certainly not going to make my RAPIST my pastor. And, wow, how many plot resolutions can you have in one night: the quickie resolution of Matthew's troubled marriage along with his wife's surprise announcement; "Mr. Tweed" , the man Malcolm beat up, shows up after the funeral with a sudden, inexplicable case of remorse after two years with his surprise announcement; Malcom learns that dear 'ol bio dad - the man who raped his mom - is, in fact, the pastor of the church and he is okay with that. We learn that Mom and Pop forgave him ( which is good ) and then HELPED him get his job as a pastor and helped overcome other people's reservations about his appointment. Yeah, right.... What's next.... let's hire the pedophile as the youth minister? I was okay with the forgiveness part but it all seemed highly, ridiculously unlikely as were all of the resolutions occurring in one single night.

The characters weren't well developed either. I didn't get any sense of any real grief at losing both parents. There was very little personality development.
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What a great book. It made me laugh and cry. The relationship within the family was so realistic and believable to anyone that has siblings. I loved the local landmarks and the pride of living in a small town. The ending was so shocking and unexpected I had to read the last two chapters over again to really believe it. Sit down and be prepared to enjoy a really fabulous book!
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I don't understand the positive reviews of this book I have read. One reviewer said~ His characters are flawed, genuine, humorous, noble, and lovable. No they're not! One of the central characters, Malcom, has major anger issues, he beat a man nearly to death, jumped bail and left the country and doesn't even contact his family for most of the two years he was gone. And he had been in trouble for other things before this. Does that sound humorous, noble or loveable??
I actually found his character to be annoying. He was immature and needed anger management. And we are to believe Rain is still in love with him? With his behavior, WHY would she be? Apparently she has issues of her own.
None of the other characters have any real depth of personality or passion. You don't get a real sense of who anyone is, despite Wright's poor attempts.
I also just did not feel a genuine sense of grief from the characters at the death of their parents. They were even late to the viewing at the funeral home. If they were able to lose track of time and forget, they aren't too broken up.
I found this book to be a dull, boring read.
As for the concept of the writing of the letters every week and the idea for readers to start this tradition being genius, I don't think so. Even the author says most of the letters are boring and mundane.
I imagined passionate meaningful letters. It just wasn't there.
And in real life, noone cares to read a boring letter written just for the sake of writing. The letters should be heartfelt and passionate, or not written at all.
Yes, there is an overall message about forgiveness, which is good, but that doesn't change that this book wasn't well written.
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The first chapter started the story off with real power. It evokes a strong emotional response. And the latter half of the story also had some very poignant and emotional scenes; the type that put a tear in the eye and a lump in the throat. The story in its entirety was overall quite good, and the quality and emotion of the second half of the story helped make up for some not-so-subtle weaknesses.

After the powerful first chapter, as the Cooper siblings were introduced into the story, the story seemed to struggle to find its direction. Most obvious - and even irritating - to me was the dialogue between the siblings early on in the story. It seemed artificial and ingenuine. Not to mention they seemed to lack adequate development, with maybe the exception of Malcolm. Also, there were parts of the story that were very much over-written, as if the author was trying too hard to illustrate an environment, a character or a circumstance. Unfortunately, this caused some sections to just be hokey, goofy, and even a bit pathetic.

However, I thought in the second half the author seemed to find his stride and ended the book strongly. In the final assessment this was a good story, but it suffers 3 stars for a weak front half, except the first chapter.
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