Sam's Letters to Jennifer

Sam's Letters to Jennifer

A Novel

Book - 2004
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A New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer returns to the resort town where she grew up to help a beloved relative - and ends up experiencing not one but two of the most amazing love stories she's ever known. In letters that Jennifer finds, it is revealed that her relative has held a secret for decades. Her great love was someone other than the man she was married to for all those years. As Jennifer reads the letters she learns more about love's imperatives and secrets than she ever dreamed possible. And then Jennifer finds her own great love, but at a cost.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Little, Brown, [2004]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780316710572
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 02, 2018

Recovering from a great loss in her own life, Jennifer spends a summer living in her dying Grandmother's lakeside cottage. This bittersweet love story gives off a strong Nicholas Sparks *The Notebook* vibe, but it failed to move me in the same way that the Notebook did.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 26, 2016

Let me get a couple little quibbles out of the way, because I really, truly liked this book.

First, and I know I keep harping on this, but James Patterson is not a great writer of dialog. Some of the lines he gives these characters, especially toward the beginning of the book, are full-on hack writing.

Secondly. You know the thing in the movies, product placement, where the film company gets money from a company for showing its product in the film? Like Bruce Willis is fighting the bad guys in a Die Hard movie, and he stops to pop open a delicious frosty can of Coke? I swear Patterson has a similar kind of deal going. He not only tells us that Jennifer drives a Jaguar, he tells us it's a midnight blue '96 Jaguar Vanden Plas (whatever that means), with dual gas tanks. Jennifer smokes Newport Lights, drinks Uncommon Ground takeout coffee, and listens to Ella Fitzgerald, not just on her stereo, but on her Bose. Patterson tells us all this in the space of 2-3 pages, most of it in 2-3 lines of the first chapter of the book. Luckily, he cools it with the product placement later in the story, because the blatant product name-dropping would have been soooo annoying right in the middle of what turns out to be a beautiful love story. Actually, a pair of love stories, because (as the title suggests), Jennifer's grandmother Sam has written her a series of letters (that are interspersed among the regular chapters) telling her own tale of true love.

I know, "telling her own tale of true love" - sounds pretty sappy and saccharine sweet. Luckily, and a little surprisingly, the two love stories shared by Patterson are not sappy and saccharine sweet; they're beautifully written, a little funny at times, with moments that made me smile and moments that (almost) made me cry.

kf1084 Mar 20, 2016

Loved this book. Hard to put down. Wish he would write more stories like these.

LaToyaLiterally Dec 08, 2012

You know, just when you think Patterson can only write one kind of book, he writes a sweet book like Sam's Letters to Jennifer. I was pleasantly surprised with this story.

It took me a few pages to really get into the plot. I had no idea that there was going to be a slight suspense aspect to it at all. Patterson works his magic that got me hooked on any of his other books. The chapters are a little longer than his books normally have, but we get to read a little bit of Sam's letters every few chapters or so. The letters always end on an interesting cliffhanger.

While Sam remains in a coma in the majority of the book, you fall in love with her. Probably even more than you actually like Jennifer. It's hard to like her with all of the emotions that she is going through. The subject matter is pretty sad and there are some tear jerking moments, but the story is overall enjoyable and entertaining. Oh, and addictive, like Lifetime movies.

May 10, 2012

A beautiful love story!

Sep 22, 2011

Not a typical James Patterson book but I loved it just the same. I pretty much read it in an afternoon, he is such a great author.

Sep 02, 2009

I found this a pleasant, sensitive book

Apr 10, 2009

WOW......a great book made me cry, sad story but i loved it very much had me reading all through the night couldn't stop reading!!!!!!! :P


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