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On My Nightstand: Make time for Patterson’s romantic novel ‘Sam’s Letters to Jennifer’

Patterson’s latest is a three-hanky novel

James Patterson is one of the world’s greatest writers of thrillers. But did you know he also writes romantic fiction? Sam’s Letters to Jennifer is one of these novels.

The main character, Jennifer, has recently lost her beloved husband in a car accident. She moves into her grandmother Sam’s (short for Samantha) lake house so that she can be near her grandmother, who is in the hospital in a coma and who she visits daily.

Jennifer finds a packet of about 100 letters addressed to her in plain view on a table in the house. Of course, she opens the top letter, whose first sentence reads, “I never loved your grandfather.” Through these letters, Jennifer learns about her grandmother’s past life and mention is made of a man “Doc,” who Sam loves and yet does not identify.

Meanwhile, Jennifer meets her neighbor, an attractive, athletic man, Brandon. She begins swimming in the lake with him and eventually falls head over heels in love with him. Eventually he tells her that he has an incurable brain tumor.

Who is “Doc?” Does Brandon survive? Does Sam come out of her coma? What happens to Jennifer? Be sure to make time for this book because once you start reading it, you won’t want to do anything else!

The passion, tears, emotions and love make for at least a three-hanky novel. It also establishes James Patterson as an excellent romance writer, which he does as well as he writes his famous thrillers – quite a feat in itself.

BARBARA JULIA BONSIGNORE

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