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Friday, March 26, 2010
27. Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patteson
I recognized quite quickly that I had read this book previously. So maybe that is why I enjoyed it less than the other Patterson romances that I read or listened to earlier this year. It seems my rating have gotten lower with each book. Perhaps Patterson romances should be read much more sparingly. I might not read another one. Even so, I did finish this one because the story was interesting enough to stick with it.
Jennifer is widowed, living with her two cats, and writing a newspaper column from her apartment. After the death of her husband and her miscarriage, she has retreated from life. Until she receives a phone call that her beloved grandmother, Sam, is in a coma. Jennifer quickly travels to Wisconsin, staying in the family cabin on a gorgeous lake and visiting the hospital daily. She finds a stack of letters that Sam has written to her with instructions to read just a few at a time. So the book actually presents the story of Jennifer who meets handsome, divorced Brendan living next door, and the story of Sam and her less-than-perfect marriage to Jennifer's grandfather. So Sam, Jennifer, and Brendan are all incredibly good-looking, nice, and appealing people; and the story is just too sweet and very predictable. In fact, some of the dialog between Brendan and Jennifer is down right silly. I found myself rolling my eyes several times. Still there was the beautiful lake; Jennifer's love for her grandmother, Sam's wisdom in the letters and a cute romance. Enough to make the story just okay for me; but not enough for me to want to read any more of Patterson's romances. I'll just stick with his Alex Cross series. Come to think of it, how does a man write these slightly insipid romances and the highly charged and violent Alex Cross thrillers?