Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

This is from the back cover:

They died in each other's arms. But their secret-the letters-did not die with them. True love keeps no secrets.

Jack and Laurel have been married for 39 years. They've lived a good life and appear to have had the perfect marriage. With his wife cradled in his arms, and before Jack takes his final breath, he scribbles his last "Wednesday Letter."

When their adult children arrive to arrange the funeral, they discover boxes and boxes full of love letters that their father wrote to their mother each week on Wednesday. As they begin to open and read the letters, the children uncover the shocking truth about their past.

In addition, each one must deal with present-day challenges. Matthew has a troubled marriage, Samantha is a single mother, and Malcolm is the black sheep of the family who has returned home after a mysterious two-year absence.

The Wednesday Letters has a powerful message about forgiveness and quietly beckons for readers to start writing their own "Wednesday Letters."

This is a feel good novel about miracles. Jack and Laurel's love--miracle. The forgiveness and compassion they have shown others--miracle. The transition the lives of their children will take--miracles. The Cooper's all too seemingly perfect marriage had been given the ultimate test. They survived the effects of this secret by prayer and their faith. Although this book does speak on Christian topics, the reader won't be turned off for that reason. It's an inspiring story of ultimate love and sacrifice. There is an epilogue at the end of the novel, so the reader isn't left wondering what happened next to the Coopers. You will have the entire story, and you will be left wanting to write your own Letters. After all, "History not recorded, is history lost." (I can't remember who said that, but it's true.) Can you imagine how Jack and Laurel's children came to treasure those letters? Priceless.

Lingering Thoughts:
Wow, what power there is in one tiny, little word: forgiveness. It's something you always want to receive, but have such a difficult time giving to others. I don't know how Laural/Jack did it? It also hints at other emotional topics, such as infertility (which we all know is near and dear to my heart), drinking/driving, running from your past, new beginnings, abortion, and so on. This is a great book. It's completely safe for most adolescent age groups to read.

Check out the author's website here. Wright is also doing a give-away for more of his titles, so be sure to register!

You can buy the book here.

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