Book Review: Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson

Published on August 11, 2009

James Patterson is a known author of mystery novels. Surprisingly, I have never read any of his works. I remember back in college when my allowance money was still scarce to get myself a book, I promised myself that I’d buy Patterson’s Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. I did later on and it turned out to be one of my favorites. I remember reading it until midnight and couldn’t stop crying for hours. It’s so amazing how the author shifts from thriller to romance novels. Anyway, I recently finished Sam's Letters to Jennifer. It didn’t leave me crying for hours but it is a must-read.

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Reading this novel made me really miss my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. Maybe that is why the story has hit a soft spot in me. It’s incredible how Patterson managed to sound as if everything is coming from a woman’s perspective. The story is mainly narrated by Jennifer as she struggles to live each day mourning over the death of his husband. She goes back to her grandmother’s side when she got into a coma. And the letters she left for her unraveled the secrets of Sam’s past which taught Jennifer everything she needed to learn.

It’s an easy read considering that the longest chapter is probably just five pages only. The ending is a bit melodramatic but I love how this book talks of hope and second chances. It speaks how one should never give up on love. One woman who never had the love she hoped for didn’t give up on finding the love she truly deserves. And because of this, she managed to pass the lessons she learned to somebody who almost gave up on love.

I would not recommend it if you are expecting a tearjerker. But if you simply want a nice book to make you feel good and hopeful, this one’s for you.

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