‘Wednesday Letters’ offers life lessons

  Jason F. Wright hit the book jackpot with his surprise best-seller “The Wednesday Letters.” The author probably will widen his audience with the book’s release in paperback on Aug. 26.
  “The Wednesday Letters” begins with husband and wife Jack and Laurel dying in each other’s arms. When the couple’s three children gather at the family’s bed and breakfast, they discover a promise their father made to their mother: to write her a letter every Wednesday of their lives.
  After sorting through some of their parents’ things, the adult children find boxes of the correspondence, some love letters, some poetry, some just quick notes. Brothers and sister Matthew, Malcolm and Samantha sit down to read about the long love affair that was their parents’ marriage. Along the way they stumble upon some family secrets and become aware of the struggles their mom and dad had to overcome.
  “The Wednesday Letters” is a poignant, somewhat religious novel, though not overly preachy. The characters are realistic, each with their own baggage. The book itself is a quick read, easily finished in one sitting. The playful dialogue among the siblings is entertaining and their reactions to the letters’ revelations authentic.
  The couple’s story illustrates the power of forgiveness, though presented in a situation where most would find it impossible to forgive. The closeness of the family and the love story of the husband and wife make the book worth reading, but I do have a quibble: the ending. Wright wraps up a complicated family drama too quickly. He rushes through the time it would take to process the secrets the kids discover to get to the happy ending. This didn’t ruin the book for me, it just made the end feel rushed and forced.
  Despite the ending, “The Wednesday Letters” offers valuable lessons about living a life full of love and forgiveness, no matter how hard it can be at times to embrace those around you.

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