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The Wednesday Letters Paperback – August 26, 2008
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“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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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This preachy mess was a HUGE disappointment, especially since the fact that it so heavily focuses on religion and religious beliefs was NOT mentioned anywhere in the description... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lucyfan
Easy read and beautifully written. Not what I expected and the emotion that the characters bring to the book was lovely.Published 1 month ago by Chamee
This book was a New York Times bestseller? How?! It's trite garbage! I couldn't even make it past the first chapter, it's so poorly written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachael Young
Very compelling book. Better and better as story developed. Really enjoyedPublished 3 months ago by Sue Jacobsmeyer
This is an easy-to-read sweet story. It took a long time to get to the letters, but the ending was great.Published 3 months ago by Beverly Wagaman
I enjoyed it a lot! It's a good story,start to finish.... very believable and fulfilling story,about a loving family who have lost touch.Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Race