The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright (BOOK REVIEW) 5/5
Updated: Jan 15
Let me start by saying that I read this book at a difficult time for me, and it touched on some things a little too close to home, which may have given it a boosted score just on how it affected me personally. Beware of spoilers within this review, this is a book you should read for yourself.
The Wednesday Letters is an emotional little novel. It starts with an elderly couple- the husband is bed-ridden and terminally ill with brain tumors. Well… the wife has a heart attack. Unable to save her, her husband writes her a letter, and succumbs to his brain tumors, dying beside her. When their family draws together to celebrate their lives and grieve for them, they discover more letters, and find out that their father wrote their mother a letter every single Wednesday from the day they married until the day they died.
This novel took me by surprise. The letters are not just filled with emotions, but they’re so real. They recount a life well lived, ups and downs, apart and together. A couple who loved each other dearly, and a husband who documented it. Not only that, but there are unique storylines running through the family and friends of the deceased couple. Their children play a huge role, including a son who is trying to adopt a baby with his wife, a daughter who gave up her love of acting and took on the role of a police officer instead, and a son who is not what he seems, who fled from criminal charges and left behind the love of his life.
The romantic in me loves this book, and I honestly want to reread it immediately just to fall in love with it all over again. I can’t say much without spoiling it, but I think this book will become one of my favorite reads of 2022- and one of the only books I’ve ever read that made me cry at the end.