Synopsis: 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 last 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 the past. In addition, each one must deal with the 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.”
Why I Read It: Because of a review that Mad did of this book on her blog.
My Thoughts: I started this story pretty much knowing the idea, but I assumed that the story would be told virtually through all of the letters. I was wrong. Yes, the letters were an amazing part of this story, but it was so much more than that. It was so many things. It was about family, forgiveness, love, lost love, faith, home, friendship, and community. And with those you get everything. I felt connected to these people ~ to Jack and Laurel, their children, and their abundance of friends. Yes, the story was mainly about Jack and Laurel, but also about their children and how they dealt with the loss of their parents.
I loved the interaction between Malcolm, Matthew, and Samantha. Visualizing them sitting around the dining room table and reading the letters and discovering a part of their parents that they never knew. I laughed several times reading about the escapades of Jack and Laurel in their youth, some discoveries were heartbreaking, some had me laughing so hard I cried, some gave me several “Awww” moments at the sweet, sentimental way that Jason Wright pulled me into this story.
Verdict: This was Very Good. So good, in fact, that I definitely want to read Jason’s other book, Christmas Jars. If you’re in the mood for a good story that touches just about every part of you, than I urge you to give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.