Sam's Letters to Jennifer

Sam's Letters to Jennifer

by James Patterson


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Discover two extraordinary romantic stories about the power of a life-changing love letter.

Have you ever gotten a letter that changed your life completely? Sam's Letters to Jennifer is a novel about that kind of drama. In it, a woman is summoned back to the town where she grew up. And in the house where she spent her most magical years she finds a series of letters addressed to her. Each of those letters is a piece of a story that will upend completely the world she thought she knew - and throw her into a love more powerful than she ever imagined could be possible. Two extraordinary love stories are entwined here, full of hope and pain and emotions that never die down.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446695084
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/18/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 300,148
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 375 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels , the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Sam's Letters to Jennifer

By James Patterson

Little, Brown

Copyright © 2004 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-71057-1

Chapter One

SAM AND I are sitting on a mostly deserted beach on Lake Michigan a little north of the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The Drake is filled with treasured memories for both of us, and we had dinner at our favorite table there earlier. I need to be with Sam tonight, because it's one year since, well, everything happened that shouldn't have happened-it's one year since Danny died.

"This is the spot where I met Danny, Sam. In May, six years ago," I say.

Sam is a good listener who holds eye contact beautifully and is almost always interested in what I have to say, even when I'm being a bore, like now. We've been best friends since I was two, maybe even before that. Just about everybody calls us "the cutest couple," which is a little too saccharine for both of our tastes. But it happens to be true.

"Sam, it was freezing that night Danny and I met, and I had a terrible cold. To make it worse, I had been locked out of our apartment by my old boyfriend Chris, that awful beast."

"That despicable brute, that creep," Sam contributes. "I never liked Chris. Can you tell?"

"So this nice guy, Danny, comes jogging by and he asks if I'm all right. I'm coughing and crying and a total mess. And I say, 'Do I look like I'm all right? Mind your own blanking business. You're not going to pick me up, if that's what you're thinking. Scram!'" I snorted a laugh Sam's way.

"That's where I got my nickname, 'Scram.' Anyway, Danny came back on the second half of his run. He said he could hear me coughing for two miles down the beach. He brought me coffee, Sam. He ran up the beach with a hot cup of coffee for a complete stranger."

"Yes, but a beautiful stranger, you have to admit."

I stopped talking, and Sam hugged me and said, "You've been through so much. It's awful and it's unfair. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all better for you."

I pulled out a folded, wrinkled envelope from the pocket of my jeans. "Danny left this for me. In Hawaii. One year ago today."

"Go ahead, Jennifer. Let it out. I want to hear everything tonight."

I opened the letter and began to read. I was already starting to choke up.

Dear, wonderful, gorgeous Jennifer ...

You're the writer, not me, but I had to try to put down some of my feelings about your incredible news. I always thought that you couldn't possibly make me any happier, but I was wrong.

Jen, I'm flying so high right now I can't believe what I'm feeling. I am, without a doubt, the luckiest man in the world. I married the best woman, and now I'm going to have the best baby with her. How could I not be a pretty good dad, with all that going for me? I will be. I promise.

I love you even more today than I did yesterday, and you wouldn't believe how much I loved you yesterday.

I love you, and our little "peanut." ... Danny.

Tears started to roll down my cheeks. "I'm such a big baby," I said. "I'm pathetic."

"No, you're one of the strongest women I know. You've lost so much, and you're still fighting."

"Yeah, but I'm losing the battle. I'm losing. I'm losing real bad, Sam."

Then Sam pulled me close and hugged me, and for the moment at least, it was all better-just like always.


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Customer Reviews

Sam's Letters to Jennifer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 356 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mind you, this was my first James Patterson novel and compared to all the other reviews I have read I am sure there are other great books by him. I am now reading "The Lifegaurd" and so far it's great.
Sam's letters to Jennifer was a good read. I read it in two sittings and it kept my attention the whole time. I thought it had a good story line and I enjoyed to two love stories.
I believe the story could have been played out more. But you can tell it was a get to the point story. I wouldn't surprise me if Mr. Patterson wrote it over the weekend.
I recommend this book to someone who is taking a long flight or isn't a avid reader, because it is such a good short read. Not a disappointment,
sendy_s More than 1 year ago
If you like a good love story, then Sam's Letters to Jennifer is the story you're looking for. It gives two love stories from a grandmother and granddaughter. It all happens in the summer in Lake Geneva. Jennifer the main character of the book leaves her job in Chicago to go to Lake Geneva where her grandmother, Sam, lives. A family friend found Sam on the floor unconscious. Jennifer has been very close to her grandmother; it's like if she was her best friend. Jennifer feels lost because she doesn't want to lose her grandmother like she did her husband, Danny. This novel is different from any other novels because it has a lot of feeling to it as well as imagery. A good example of the imagery the book has is in page 102, "A cooling breeze gusted under a hazy sun, and the air was a perfect seventy-five degrees." I can really picture the way it would be out. It has a good story to it, and gives you two sides of love stories. Some of the surprise moments in this novel are when Jennifer finds letters to her from Sam. She reads them little by little while Sam is in the hospital. In one of the letters it tells Jennifer how Sam will be telling her secrets nobody ever knew about her. The first letter told Jennifer how Sam never really loved Charles, Jennifer's grandfather. Sam goes into detail how she met Charles. He was a gentleman at first but the 3rd day of their honeymoon Charles slapped Sam. Sam left everything for him and he slapped her, she felt like running away. Sam calmed down and told him next time he raises his hand to her she'll leave. After that nothing was the same, Charles was moody and always was working. Sam also says "These letters aren't just about my life, Jen; they're about yours." She wants to get Jennifer to move on and feel better. Sam tells Jennifer that only because Danny is dead doesn't mean she should shut love out of her life. This book has a good story to it. I enjoyed reading the book Sam's Letters to Jennifer. I usually don't read books but this book I am almost done with. It has a lot of imagery to it, tone and feeling. It makes you think about life and all the good things it has to it.
LovieMarie More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book not sure what to expect...I could not put it down. It was three love stories in one! The chemicals between all of the characters was phenomenal. For anyone who is a sucker for love stories, this one hits the spot!
morghenp More than 1 year ago
James Patterson has a way of expressing the things in life that we take for granted in his writing. Published on June 30th, 2005 is where in this Fiction novel the main character, Jennifer is facing trials of guilt, love, sadness, and hatred. But, through her Grandmother (Sam) letters she is able to find a bit of herself in her Grandmother in a shocking twist she never expected. Patterson is able to dazzle the reader's in this captivating story of love and hardships. As Jennifer begins the new chapter in her life she is able to realize that she has taken many of things in her life too seriously and she decides to let loose. She is able to find true love, and lose a person she loves. This novel can really help you realize that you can meet and love so many people but they're always going to be gone before you can ever do anything. God has placed us on this Earth and he can take us at any given moment. I would have to say that Patterson has written many great novels. Another one of his novels that I have grown fond of is Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Also in this novel, a young lady named Kate falls in love with a guy but he winds up breaking her heart and then he shows her why these things happened between them through the Diary of his late wife and son. These two novels relate in a way of both having key reasons of why the things happen to such good people. Patterson really makes you fall in love with his characters in a way that he simply describes them and gives them problems that many of his reader's can actually relate to. I recommend that anybody and everybody should read this novel. You can really get a good vibe of how precious life truly is. I mean, do we as humans actually realize how precious life truly is? That we can be given true hardships and love? Or that we can actually lose the ones we love before we are ready? So in this story you would need to have a tissue on hand because it is so heartwarming. You get to learn of ones struggles through losing the man she loved and how her Grandmother went through many of the same trials that her Granddaughter is facing now. I can relate to this story in some ways because like Jennifer, I was close to my own Grandma. It's nice to have the love that your Grandma can show you. I mean, they are just like your moms except they tend to be a lot more fun. And like Jennifer, I have lost my Grandma and you really do grow to miss them. And as Brenden says in the book "I like to live my life to the fullest from sun up to sun down." We can all really get with that message. We truly should live everyday like it's our last because you never know, but it could be. So I say if you're the type who likes to read about romance love or a little bit of drama then this book would be perfect. It's filled with love, romance, happiness, and sadness which make a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a lovely story! Touches many parts of love/life... smiles,tears and all. I highly recomend! Read this in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big reader but my cousin had recommended the book so i read it and let me just say i could not put it down. i spent the whole day reading it and i just loved it, i would recommended this to anyone and everyone i can't wait to read another one of his books
Guest More than 1 year ago
I get easily distracted when reading a book and I tend to never finish a book when I start reading one. But I could not stop turning the pages of this book.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
Nothing like a Letter! Jennifer, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, receives an early morning call saying that her grandmother, Sam has taken a fall and is in a coma. Jennifer drops everything and nervously drives north to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin about an hour away from Chicago. Most of this James Patterson novel takes place in Sam’s quaint home that sits right on Lake Geneva. Jennifer keeps writing for her job and sends in her stories while she spends most of her days at the hospital with her grandmother, Sam. They are close because Sam (Samantha) raised her. One day, she notices a large stack of letters from Sam and they are all addressed to her. They were mailed to Jennifer, but they were left in a visible location, so she knows that her grandmother wants to tell her something about her life. The first letter shocks Jennifer when Sam starts off my saying that she did not love her husband, Charles. From that point on, Jennifer takes the letters wherever she goes because she is anxious to learn more about Sam’s life. Jennifer had recently lost her dear husband on a surfing accident in Hawaii. She has little hopes of ever loving again until she runs into her childhood friend, Brendan. He too is temporarily in Lake Geneva and has taken time off time from his job as a doctor to rethink his direction. They become reacquainted and start spending a lot of time together. But Brendan has a secret that may thwart this new fresh beginning. What could Brendan possibly be hiding? Will Sam ever wake up and reveal the identity of this mystery lover named Doc that she talks about in the letters? And, what will Jennifer do? Have the letters affected her decisions? Read this James Patterson novel and fall in love with the characters in Sam’s Letters to Jennifer!
ladybug74 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The beginning half of this book was just so-so, but I kept reading it because there were so many questions to be answered. What happened to Jennifer's baby and husband? Who was Doc? Was Sam going to live? What was Brendan's secret and once it was revealed, would he make it through this ordeal? Though I did think it was just okay at the beginning, I had to keep reading to find the answers to these questions.This book overlaps two love stories, as told by Jennifer and her grandmother, Sam (Samantha). Jennifer tells her own story intermittently between reading a series of letters from Sam, in which she reveals her story to her granddaughter.I literally cried when I read the last couple of chapters. When Jennifer gave her speech about her grandmother being her best friend, that was all it took. I was also very close with my grandmother and often described her as my best friend when she was living. I felt like I could relate with Jennifer's speech about her love and friendship with Sam. There are also other reasons that I cried at the end of the book, but I can't write them here because they will spoil it for future readers! If love stories make you cry, get out the tissues as you near the end of this one!
irinka87 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great romance novel by Patterson! This one was intriguing because you couldn't wait until you got to the next letter and of course the love story plot all throughout!
scoutlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I spent a few hours on a Sunday reading this book. When I first heard about it, I immediately put my name on the waiting list at my library. Overall I thought it was good. I had high hopes bcuz 1) it's written by James Patterson, one of favorite authors; 2) I thought it would be similar to Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. I wasn't disappointed. It was nice way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. But I have to admit, I'm anxiously waiting for the next Alex Cross!!
AnglersRest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story. Full of rich emotional characters dealing with real issues that we all face in life.Jennifer has had a tragic and sad past. Her grandmother has been her friend, family, support and her rock. Suddenly, Sam is in hospital, seriously ill and Jennifer has to strong for her grandmother. Meanwhile, Jennifer discovers a series of letters left for her by her grandmother and as she reads them her grandmother's life unfolds along with a few secrets. Jennifer also builds a new relationship with an old friend and as she falls in love, she discovers the course of true love is never smooth and fair. Despite, lots of sad bits there are some happy endings.
veens on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a part of Readers Digest Selected Editions, along with 3 other books that came as a set. I am thankful I read the abridged version, because I don't think I would have really finished the full version. No, don't get me wrong, I didn't completely hate the book but then...This is the story of Jennifer who recently lost the love of her life because of an accident, for which she blames herself. She is shocked when she gets a call telling her that her great-grandmother had fallen and was in a coma. Jennifer is shattered at the very thought of losing Sam, her great grand mom. She leaves everything aside and rushes to Sam's beautiful house, where a bunch of numbered letters are awaiting her. As she meets up with Sam and lives in her house and waits for her recovery... she reads Sam's letters a few at a time. Through the letters, unfolds a story, she would have never known or thought about, about her grandmom. Through those letters she finds the courage to open herself to love and to life.Somewhere I found it was similar to PS. I love You [ I have seen the movie]. Of course the story is different, but I couldn't help but compare.Actually it is a very nice story. There are some questions that you really want answers too, and you just move through, to find the answers. Light, emotional read. But at times, I found it boring. And most of the times, I thought many of it was predictable.So, you know I am kind of not sure, if i want to give it 3 or 2 star :)!For being a quick read and nice story... I give it a 3 star :)
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I should preface this review by saying that I am not generally a huge fan of James Patterson. I think his mysteries have decent plots, but his writing is just so poor that I can¿t really get in to his books. I feel like I am reading something by a fourth-grader, and I want him to throw in a slightly more complex sentence every once in a while! This was even more evident in this book, where he constantly felt the need to write about details that have absolutely no bearing on the plot (i.e., numerous passages that would sound something like this: "and then I ate a chicken sandwich" or "then we listened to Ella Fitzgerald" - who cares?). A better writer would be able to use minor details such as these to add to the tone or atmosphere of the story, but here is just comes off as a listing of unnecessary items to fill up some space quota. The storyline of this particular book was saccharine, mostly predictable (despite trying to hold an aura of mystery), and quite frankly, ridiculously unbelievable. Patterson also apparently has no concept of what a 35-year-old woman thinks or feels, so trying to first-person narrated this one was not the best choice. My take-away: if you are looking for something light and breezy to read, this page-turner is okay, but if you want something that doesn't make you feel dumber for having read it, pick up a different book.
Df6B_ArielB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this book, but I don't think its James Patterson style. To me I think he writes better mystery novels. I love his book with Alex Cross. The book was good through. You should read the book if you like James Patterson
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really, really quick read. Another tear jerker, similar in style to Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. A decent enough story for the most part, but the ending was run of the mill.
pipapip on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good easy quick read for a winter weekend in.
kingsportlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a woman (Jennifer) who goes back to her childhood summer home to see about her grandmother Sam who is in a coma. Sam has left letters to Jennifer explaining a lot about family secrets and the real love of her life (not Jennifer's grandfather). Jennifer is still tortured by the untimely accidental death of her husband Danny. There are a lot of what ifs - if she had left on time for vacation maybe he would still be alive. This summer, Jennifer gets reacquainted with an old friend Brendan. They fall in love and Brendan reveals a terminal illness. However, the story has a bittersweet ending. Brendan survives surgery, goes into remission and he and Jennifer have a baby. Grandmother Sam wakes up, they have some good times but unfortunately Jennifer loses her. It is a good story, but Mr. Patterson makes his characters too perfect and sappy.
Dadbrazelton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had trouble rating the book. I can strongly connect with the theme "Love never dies", but the characters were just a little too unrealistic.
RelaxedReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was pure sap. Bring the tissue box with this one. This was truly a different side of Patterson. Loved this book from the first page.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Devastated after the tragic death of her husband, Jennifer has buried herself in working as a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. But when her beloved Grandmother, Samantha, has a bad fall and is in a coma, Jennifer drops everything to travel to Lake Geneva, an hour and a half away. Jennifer spent many wonderful summers at Lake Geneva as a child and despite the circumstances she's happy to be in one of her favorite places. While at the cottage, Jennifer discovers her grandmother has left her a packet of letters that will reveal some secrets from her grandmother's past. As Jennifer is slowly finding out the secrets about her grandparents, she is also discovering her feelings for Brendan, who is also staying at Lake Geneva. But Brendan has a secret of his own, a secret that threatens to keep him and Jennifer apart forever. "Sam's Letters to Jennifer" is what I call a perfect beach book. It's not too deep, has a touch of tragedy, yet it's a good love story (two love stories actually) and doesn't require a lot of thought. None of the characters are particularly deep - Jennifer is supposed to be a workaholic but outside of one column, we never see her working and she soon ditches her job without a qualm. Same with Brendan, while he had a compelling reason to quit his job, neither he nor Jennifer seems to worry about money. Since we mostly see Sam through her letters, it's hard to sympathize with her as a character and her romance left me a bit cold. However, Jennifer and Brendan's love story was much more engaging. There are some plot holes; I was never quite sure if Jennifer's father was dead or alive, her mother is mentioned but he never is. Brendan's secret is a bit too melodramatic and the outcome a bit unbelievable, but sweet. But again, this isn't the kind of book you want to think too much about, instead just read and enjoy. "Sam's Letters to Jennifer" is a light, fluffy read - perfect for the beach or a rainy afternoon.
sharlene_w on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sappy and trite. Short and way to sweet.Best part of the whole book was the quote, "For a long time it has seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." -- Father Alfred D'Souza
WillowOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[Sam's Letters to Jennifer] by James Patterson is a wonderful book and will pull at your heart strings."Sam" is actually Samantha, Jennifer's Grandmother and best friend. For as long as Jennifer can remember, Sam has been her confidant. Jennifer has always wanted to know her Grandmother's story, but Sam always said it wasn't time yet. When tragedy strikes, Jennifer finds letters that her Grandmother has written to her finally telling her, her story. As Jennifer goes through the summer she learns about her Grandmother's life, her own life and that things were not and are not always what they seem. Jennifer's summer journey runs the gamut from love, heartache, revelation, friendship, pain and back around to love. Your heart will break and then soar right along with Jennifer.James Patterson has departed, again, from what readers are most acquainted with, as his style of writing. He hits a home run, showing how talented a writer he is.My sister may have said it best when she told me that the book was written from a female perspective and that even though a man wrote it, it was very believable and done so well that you would think a woman did write it, if you didn't already know better.As a woman myself, I would say, THAT takes talent!