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Sam’s Letter to Jennifer
by James Patterson

Category: Fiction / General
272 pages; ISBN: 0316710571

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Sam’s Letter to Jennifer
James Patterson
Little, Brown, Jul 2004, $24.95, 272 pp.
ISBN: 0316710571

In Chicago, her boyfriend Chris locked Jennifer out of their apartment on a freezing night when jogger Danny saw her crying. He brought her a hot coffee and not long afterward, they fell in love, married, and had child. However, this is not happily ever after, as Danny and the baby die in an accident.

A year and a half after the tragedy that has left Jennifer struggling to live, Reverend John Farley calls to tell her that her best friend, Grandmother Sam, is in a coma. Jennifer heads to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to be with her beloved grandma. In Sam’s lakefront house, Jennifer finds letters written to her by her grandma. In the letters, Sam writes that her late husband Charles was not the love of her life, but that she lived a wonderful existence as she found her soulmate. Meanwhile, at Lakeland Medical where Sam lies comatose, Jennifer meets Brendan, who she knew as an older “brother” when she was a child. He begins to bring her back to life even as she continues to read the gift of love that her grandmother has given her.

SAM’S LETTERS TO JENNIFER is an uplifting tale with a deep inspirational message that one must overcome the inevitability of the mortality of loved ones as life is too precious not to live it to the fullest even at its darkest moments. Jennifer is a terrific angst character struggling with tragedy. The letters and Brendan provide her with solace. Mystery and thriller guru James Patterson displays his vast talent with this wonderfully insightful look at the heart and soul of a human warrior.

Harriet Klausner

 

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