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A Walk to Remember Grand Central Publishing Nicholas Sparks

12th April 2013 Literature & Fiction 52 Comments

There was a time when the world was sweeter….when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats…. Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he’d been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he’d fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town’s Baptist minister….Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart-and the joy and pain of living. The inspiration for this novel came from Nicholas Sparks’s sister: her life and her courage. From the internationally bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, comes his most moving story yet….

In the prologue to his latest novel, Nicholas Sparks makes the rather presumptuous pledge “first you will smile, and then you will cry,” but sure enough, he delivers the goods. With his calculated ability to throw your heart around like a yo-yo (try out his earlier Message in the Bottle or The Notebook if you really want to stick it to yourself), Sparks pulls us back to the perfect innocence of a first love.

In 1958 Landon Carter is a shallow but well-meaning teenager who spends most of his time hanging out with his friends and trying hard to ignore the impending responsibilities of adulthood. Then Landon gets roped into acting the lead in the Christmas play opposite the most renowned goody two-shoes in town: Jamie Sullivan. Against his best intentions and the taunts of his buddies, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie and learning some central lessons in life.

Like John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, Sparks maintains a delicate and rarely seen balance of humor and sentiment. While the plot may not be the most original, this boy-makes-good tearjerker will certainly reel in the fans. Look for a movie starring beautiful people or, better yet, snuggle under the covers with your tissues nearby and let your inner sap run wild. –Nancy R.E. O’Brien –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Sure to wring yet more tears from willing readers’ eyes, the latest novel by the bestselling Sparks is a forced coming-of-age story concerning a pair of unlikely young lovers. In a corny flashback device that mimics The Notebook, 57-year-old Landon Carter spirits himself back to his fateful senior year in high school in Beaufort, N.C., when he was an archetypal troublemaking teenager of the 1950s, changed forever by an unexpected first love. Jamie Sullivan, the Bible-toting minister’s daughter, with her drab brown sweaters, spinster hairstyle and sincere, beatific advice, is the obvious target of high school ridicule. Despite conspiring in Jamie’s derision, class president Landon, desperate for a date for the homecoming dance, finds himself asking Jamie. Afterwards, Jamie asks him to participate with her in the metaphor-laden school Christmas play (Jamie plays the angel). Landon endures the taunting of his friends and forms an uneasy friendship with Jamie, which is carefully supervised by her father. The teens visit needy orphans, give Oscar-worthy performances in the school play and share dreams watching the sunset. Landon realizes he’s in love with Jamie, but, of course, she is hiding a devastating secret that could wring her from Landon’s arms forever. Now tortured by his knowledge of what will be her terrible fate, he must make the ultimate decision that catapults him into adulthood. Readers may be frustrated with the invariable formula that Sparks seems to regurgitate with regularity. Although the narrator declares, “My story can’t be summed up in two or three sentences; it can’t be packaged into something neat and simple that people would immediately understand,” this is the author’s most simple, formulaic, and blatantly melodramatic package to date. Agent, Theresa Park, Sanford Greenburger Associates. Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild main selections; 20-city author tour; movie rights optioned by Denise DiNovi at Warner Bros.. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

In the prologue to his latest novel, Nicholas Sparks makes the rather presumptuous pledge “first you will smile, and then you will cry,” but sure enough, he delivers the goods. With his calculated ability to throw your heart around like a yo-yo , Sparks pulls us back to the perfect innocence of a first love.

In 1958 Landon Carter is a shallow but well-meaning teenager who spends most of his time hanging out with his friends and trying hard to ignore the impending responsibilities of adulthood. Then Landon gets roped into acting the lead in the Christmas play opposite the most renowned goody two-shoes in town: Jamie Sullivan. Against his best intentions and the taunts of his buddies, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie and learning some central lessons in life.

Like John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, Sparks maintains a delicate and rarely seen balance of humor and sentiment. While the plot may not be the most original, this boy-makes-good tearjerker will certainly reel in the fans. Look for a movie starring beautiful people or, better yet, snuggle under the covers with your tissues nearby and let your inner sap run wild. –Nancy R.E. O’Brien –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

A Walk to Remember

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  • Heidi Hall
    2:25 on April 12th, 2013
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    A Walk to Remember is a fictional novel with more to offer than an average love story. Nicholas Sparks creates in-depth characters who are sensitive and receptive to life. The main character, Landon Carter, tells his story of self-exploration which dates back to the year 1958. Landon lives in the small town of Beaufort located in North Carolina. This setting is significant because it plays a large role in the kinds of relationships the characters have with each other. Being a small southern town, the people are close with one another and know everything about one another. Landon is a senior in high school who is searching for something. He bases many opinions on the way things look and tends to go along with the crowd. Landon’s outlooks, and views on life change throughout the novel because of a special relationship with a character named Jamie Sullivan. Jamie is an admirable person who is self-confident, secure with herself, and entirely selfless. Being the daughter of a widowed Baptist minister, Jamie possesses a strong faith. She carries a Bible with her at school, cares for orphaned children, and rescues wounded animals. Jamie is different from the other girls at her high school. She doesn’t pay attention to how her hair looks, or the latest fashion trends, she is entirely devoted to helping other people and putting others first. With a twist of fate, two opposite personalities are unpredictably brought together to form a unique relationship.

    The story mainly focus’s on the growth of Landon’s character and the romantic relationship that is formed between Landon and Jamie. Through different events in the novel, the quality of Landon’s character and the quality of the relationship improves. For example, Jamie brings Landon with her to the children’s orphanage and this experience opens his eyes and causes him to be more sensitive. He not only changes himself by doing things with Jamie, he also learns from her forgiveness. In the first stage of their friendship, Landon mistreats her because he cares too much about what his peers think. Jamie possesses the quality of forgiveness and is able to pardon Landon for his actions even though she was deeply hurt. Landon falls in love with Jamie for her soul, and for her compassion. Jamie falls in love with Landon’s sincerity and his ability to change and accept things. The two teenagers are inseparable and devote all of their time to each other. They share everything in each other’s lives except one secret that Jamie has kept from the whole town including her soul-mate. In the end, Jamie is not strong enough to carry this heavy burden. She must rely on the sweet love of Landon to get her through her life-changing secret.

    After I finished this novel, I felt as though I had been through so much. I felt the emotional effects of the story deeply. I was so attached to the novel; any moment of free time, I read a new chapter. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the story, I let myself become friends with the characters. When they were sad, I was down; when they were elated, I felt joy. This novel taps into human emotion so profoundly. I cried for twenty minutes at the end of the novel. It left such an impact on me. I felt such a connection to the growth the characters went through. I examined my own life and it caused me to be more conscience of certain aspects of my own character. Jamie’s strong devotion to God helps me examine my own faith. I believe in God and I try to base my life around my dedication to a higher being. I admire Jamie for her altruistic ways of caring for others and putting other’s needs before her own.

    Landon learns so many truths about life, about love and about humanity. He learns what true and unconditional love is. He learns what it means to treat others with respect, and he learns to be confident with his own convictions. After finishing the story, I was left with a feeling and emotion of complete happiness. I was left smiling (even with tears streaming down my cheeks) at the lives of the characters. Landon has been through so much exploration and has found himself. He forgets the norm and rebels against trying to fit in. This touches me deeply because I understand how hard it is to soul-search; I understand how hard it is to look past the trivial events of high school and to be an individual. This novel is about growing up. It is hard for Jamie to rely on someone else to carry her secret. However, she is able to, and learns how important her soul-mate really is to her survival. He is the difference between living and dying. Through the life lessons, the spiritual epiphanies, and the self-discovery, I have never felt so connected with a novel. I can relate my life to the novel so easily and all of the events the characters go through. I will forever remember these two friends of mine. Even though they are literary characters, they have opened my eyes to a world of selflessness, devotion, and most importantly, yet simply, love.

  • Tutorial Admob
    4:05 on April 12th, 2013
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    Not one for romance novels or any of this lovey dovey stuff, reminds me of those Mills and Boons Books :) I rented the video as a change from action/thriller and I have to say I never cried so much in my life! It was a beautiful film and I had to set about looking for the book as I know how Hollywood likes to ‘butcher’ some well written novels ie Grisham and the book was even better than I expected! Read the novel and you will not be disappointed. Even though are some story discrepancies between the movie and novel. Whilst I knew the ending was coming I still cried. It makes you believe that true love exists and you can love again. The cynical people will believe what they want. But why Mr Sparks did you let hollywood have its wicked ways with your book….

  • Deidre Broski
    5:45 on April 12th, 2013
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    Attention readers: Invest in Kleenex! After reading this book, you will know the reason. Nicholas Sparks has such a gentle, sweet way with words. I thoroughly enjoyed A Walk to Remember, this beautiful love story that pulled me in from the start and held me in rapt attention throughout. So pull out your hankies and sit down for an enjoyable, emotionally charged read.

    There was only one reason for 17-year-old high school Senior, Landon Carter, to enroll in Drama – a chance to take it easy for an hour. Plus there was only one other boy in a class full of girls, a benefit of the highest degree. Also in the class is Jamie Sullivan, the unpopular preacher’s daughter who no one wants to hang around. She is also the only girl left when it comes time for the homecoming dance. Although not his first choice and the fact that he’s running out of time, Landon asks Jamie to be his date. Her agreement became the crucial moment, the pedal that got the wheel to spinning, the stepping stone to one of the most beautiful and courageous love stories ever written.

    What a valuable lesson this novel serves to teach. Those who may be different from us, status or otherwise, can be the most wonderful people to know. Jamie Sullivan is a character that is pure in heart and would be such a joy to spend a day with. There should be more people like her, and like Landon, a boy who took a chance on her and found a love unlike anything he’d ever known. I applaud Nicholas Sparks for writing this bittersweet and uplifting story. The time and tears spent on this novel was well worth it.

  • apple girl
    6:07 on April 12th, 2013
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    I don’t believe that I had ever read a love story until I read “The Notebook”. While Nicholas Sparks writes to all audiences, I especially like the male prospective that drove both “The Notebook” and now “A Walk to Remember”. For everyone that had a special first love (as I remember some 28 years after High School), this book brings back a flood of memories both sad and beautiful. For those who thought this book is for teenagers, I am sorry that they don’t have special memories of their youth. While some reviewers were disappointed with the literary value of the book, I encourage all readers to take the story for what it is, a heartfelt story of firt love and of becoming an adult. I couldn’t put the book down and look forward to the next Nicholas Sparks novel. Thank you Mr. Sparks for reawakening my heart.

  • Gail Richardson
    6:21 on April 12th, 2013
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    A Walk To Remember is my favorite romance book that I’ve ever read. I read the book this summer for something to read because I hadn’t read much books and all the teen books that I looked at didn’t catch my interest. I hadn’t heard about Nicholas Sparks until actually last year when my PE class was watching Message In The Bottle and I usually liked books over movie. So I decided to give this guy a shot. The minute I began reading it I was hooked.

    Landon Carter is a senior about to hit adulthood and is still unsure what he wants out of life. He believes that he’s been in love with a girl or two. He and his friends shun the minister’s daughter, Jamie because she does good things and loves to read her Bible daily.

    Jamie is a shy girl, who only wants to do good and be there for her father since her mother died when she was little. She also always is involved in something, whether it be the orphange or the annual Christmas play that she always in.

    Over the course of the senior year, Landon and Jamie end up going to a dance together because he needed a date. She later on asks him to be in the play with her. From there on, Landon sees Jamie as the person she is and how beautiful she on the inside as well as the outside. Love sparks between the two of them and everything seems to be falling into place until Jamie reveals something to Landon. I won’t tell you what, so you will just have to read it to find out. This story is beautifully written and it will definetely affect you in some way. Be prepared for tears though.

    So cuddle up, and have a tissue box near by and you will be all set.

  • John Petersons
    7:06 on April 12th, 2013
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    This book was a gift to me on my 16th birthday. Finally I got around to reading it and finished it in a short time. It is the traditional love story of a bad boy redeemed by the girl he least likely expects to fall in love with. (since the plot is predictable, I’m not giving much away) Here the boy is Landon Carter, son of North Carolina’s governor, and the girl is Jamie Sullivan, daughter of a Baptist minister. Although they’ve known each other all their lives and been in the same classes at school, they are very different from each other. Landon is mischievous and spends time eating boiled peanuts in the local graveyard with his friends. He also finds pleasure in making fun of Jamie’s father, among other people. Meanwhile, Jamie is well-known for contributing money and time to orphanages and saving wounded animals. Other teenagers shun her, believing that she’s a goody-two shoes. Landon thinks the same way until he gets to know her better. Gradually he realizes that he disliked her before because her own virtuousness made him feel guilty. Influenced by her example, he cleans up his act. He learns that what they have in common is strong enough to draw them together in romantic love. But their near-perfect happiness is too wonderful to last. Jamie is harboring a devastating secret. What is it? And how will it affect their relationship?

    Here is a three-word description of the story: sappy, but sweet. Who could fail to be moved by Jamie and Landon’s romance? Beaufort, North Carolina in the 1950′s provides a nostalgic backdrop for the tale. My favorite scene was when their drama class performed the Christmas play.

    However, there were some details that I didn’t like about the story. Although Landon changed, he still seemed like a shallow youth. And his 57-year-old man voice was not greatly different from his 17-year-old boy voice. The book read more like young adult fiction than an adult novel. But I will give the author credit for creating a poignant, Christian love story. Unlike most books out on the market today, it contained no immorality and very little coarse language. And Jamie and Landon are truly in love, not just lusting after each other like couples in many novels. The story fulfills its purpose: that is, to arouse our emotions and entertain us.

    Overall, don’t expect to discover earth-shattering revelations in this book. But if you are a hopeless romantic and don’t mind reading a book for pure pleasure every once in a while, “A Walk to Remember” might just be a book you’d enjoy.

  • Ciaoenrico
    7:47 on April 12th, 2013
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    Message in a Bottle is one incredible book. The plot of the story is whimsical and will have you dreaming that maybe someday you’ll find a love as strong as these two characters in this novel.

    Basically this is one sad book, and the people who rate it low, are only doing so because this book doesn’t have a cheerful “happily ever after” ending. While I read the book, especially the end, tears slowly streamed down my face as I tried to understand why the story went the way it did. The fact that Garrett was able to love his wife with so much emotion, just shakes you to the core because it comes to the point of obession.

    Message in a Bottle is a story about a woman named Theresa Osborne, a newspaper columnist, who finds a bottle washed up shore one day. She proceeds to read the letter inside and there a history of unforgotten love unfolds. Garrett Blake, trying to cope with the lose of his deceased wife, Catherine, writes letters to her and send them out to sea, hoping that one day they’ll reach Europe.

    As the story progresses, Theresa finds Garrett and they give into the emotions that are growing between them and fall in love with each other. But Garrett isn’t ready to let go of his deceased wife yet, so the problem is introduced… read the story and you’ll be crying but still happy at the same time.

    This book teaches us about the aspect of love and how it’s possible to love once more even though you think that you’ll never be able to love again. And the fact that love is solid, and so much stronger than simple lust. Recommended.

  • Mad Max
    8:04 on April 12th, 2013
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    I love Nicholas Sparks and all of his work, but this book was a little stale. It seemed like the same overdone story, and has the same elements as every overtold love story. But I love his writing techniques and word choices, and his use of imagrey is amazing. I will definately be re-reading this book.

  • Jim Chase
    9:09 on April 12th, 2013
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    Message in a Bottle is a remarkable book, and like all Nicholas Sparks books it is a truly touching love story that leaves marks on your soul. This particular story is about a lady in her mid-thirties, named Theresa Osbourne that had recently gone through a divorce, and now single-handedly raised her twelve year old son, Kevin. On one of Theresa’s vacations away from her home and job, writing a column in the Boston Times, she goes to a beach and finds a bottle washed up onto the shore. She picks up the bottle and opens it and there is a letter inside that she instinctively reads. The letter was written to a woman named Catherine by a man named Garret, and it is a very moving and romantic letter that amazes Theresa, considering it was written by a man. Taking out the names, she decides to print the letter in her column, hoping it would touch the readers as much as it had touched her. To Theresa’s surprise she gets a phone call from someone who had also found a message in a bottle from Garret to Catherine. Theresa, only wondering what a man that writes such romantic and feeling filled letters, uses information in the messages to find him. When she finally finds him, pretending to be interested in the boat he recently remodeled, gets invited to go sailing with him. Not telling Garret about the letters she had found, she continued to spend time with Garret, and the two honestly fell in love with each other. Then Theresa finds out that Catherine is his ex-girlfriend that died when she was hit by a car. Having a long distance relationship, Theresa and Garret run into a lot of problems, but with true love like theirs, they are determined to work things out.

    Nicolas Sparks has once again written a novel that will grasp the attention of people all over who like a good love story. I recommend this book for everyone that enjoys romance novels.

  • greenkeeps
    9:53 on April 12th, 2013
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    I have just finished reading the reviews written by fellow readers of Nicholas Sparks new novel “A Walk to Remember”. And I too have much to say about it. I found that there were two definite sides taken, those who liked it a lot, and those who thought it “foolish pablum”, now I may not know what that means, but it does sound negative (DUH!). Now here it comes… “Oh So Wonderful Wisdom” that will magically bring peace on earth and solve world hunger….NOT. Well maybe I wish. The fact of the matter is I though that the book was a good read. I found special meaning in it, but then I could relate to a lot that went on. I lost my dad to a malignant brain tumor; I had to watch him die. I know that there are many out there like me, believe me when I say I am not looking for tea and sympathy by any means. Yes Nick was right I did cry, and I laughed too. I know that many may not agree with me, but that is what this is about right, stating your “opinion”. I read through most of the 1-3 star rating reviews and some good points were made. Yes it was predictable. On the other hand I found that there were others like me who found it enjoyable even if it was predictable (such as Betty Chan or Bill Dockery). My review may be 1 in a million, and may never even be read by anybody, but thank you Sparks I enjoyed it. And I encourage you to read it for yourself.

  • Simon Owens
    11:01 on April 12th, 2013
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    Haven’t you ever wanted to find a message in a drifting bottle? Wondering how far it has travelled to find you? Who could have written it?

    In “Message In A Bottle”, Nicholas Sparks gives us a disillusioned Theresa Osborne on a needed vacation at Cape Cod. She discovers just that….an intriguing letter twisted into an exquiste bottle. From there, she tracks down the writer, Garrett, in North Carolina.

    The development of their relationship is like surfing on one’s deepest emotions. Curling and rolling and smashing ashore.

    Simplistic yet satisfying IF you allow yourself to believe in destiny and the fate of the winds.


  • billa
    12:21 on April 12th, 2013
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    We have all been on the search for love, and we all have lost at some point. This book touches on every emotion humans go through when love enters then exits your life.I could easily visualize the ocean – the discriptions were unbelievable. I fell in love with every character, and cried with each one as well. We all feel alone at points in our life, and this book romaticizes that. Everyone holds on to memories of the past while trying to walk towards the future.I read this book in one – nine hour period. I refused to see the movie because I want to hold on to my version. Truly romantic, I haven’t felt this way about a book since “The Bridges of Madison County”

  • Lacie Abrantes
    13:19 on April 12th, 2013
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    The book A Walk To Remember is one of the most beautiful love stories ever written. Written with a typical high school setting, Landon Carter the popular “stud” was running out of time with no date for the Homecoming dance. Jamie Sullivan, the most unpopular preacher’s daughter is the only girl left who has not been asked yet to the dance. Although not his first choice, and the fact that he’s running out of time, Landon asks Jamie to be his date. She then asks him to participate in the winter play with her, where he first realizes how beautiful she really is. They partake on a journey of falling in love and doing many wonderful things together. Then Jamie shares her big secret with Landon, the fact that she has been fighting cancer for two years and has stopped reacting to treatments.

    A movie was made after the book was released following the same story line as the book. There are many comparisons between the book and the movie but three major ideas stand out. The main points differ but still follow the same basic idea.

    The first big difference in the book is how Jamie Sullivan and Landon end up talking to one another. In the book Landon is desperate for a date to his homecoming dance and Jamie being the only available girl, he asks her to go with him. In the movie it happens very differently from the very beginning. It starts with Landon and his friends playing a prank on a classmate, but in the process the prank goes bad and the student gets hurt. When the cops show up, all of Landon’s friends bail out on him. Leaving him to take the fall and get in trouble. His punishments include participating in the school play, tutoring kids on Saturdays, and helping the janitor after school.

    His punishment from the prank leads into the next big difference between the movie and the book. He was made to partake in the schools musical. However, in the book Jamie asks him to participate in the school play with her.

    Another comparison between the two is in the book, on Landon and Jamie’s journey of falling in love. He willingly goes to the Orphanage with Jamie weekly to volunteer. Although, in the movie he has to do the community service of tutoring on Saturday mornings because of the trouble he got in. Jamie also goes to tutor the children, where they start spending even more time together.

    Both the book and movie are first-rate classics. I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys a good tear jerking romance. Despite the few major differences between the book and the movie, they were subtle enough to not make it seem like a big change in the story line.

  • Pansy Hluska
    15:15 on April 12th, 2013
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    I enjoyed A Walk to Remember. It was another triumph for Nicholas Sparks. I becamed hooked on his novels with The Notebook. I know I will become involved with the characters and I also know that I will end up with a box of Kleenex before I finish. The characters are slightly predictable but they are real as well. If you liked The Notebook or Message in a Bottle you will also like A Walk to Remember. My sister has mixed feelings about the book, she didn’t like it as well as the others but I was satisfied with the story and will probably read it again, which is an indication of a good read.

  • Christina Lynn
    16:38 on April 12th, 2013
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    I have already read a few of Nicholas Sparks books and because I enjoyed them, I decided to pick up “A Walk to Remember”. I didn’t really know what to expect, however most of the way through I figured out that Sparks seems to have a knack for the romantic, yet tragic love story.

    This begins with an older man recalling a year of his life that he will never forget. Basically, Landon Carter is the typical senior in high school. He is applying to college and trying to figure out a way to cruise through the year. Also, he is the typical teenager who is worried about his appearance in front of his friends. Somehow, Landon befriends Jamie Sullivan who is the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister and a conservative Christian girl. Through the course of the school year, they fall in love as we get to know more about Landon and Jamie and see how these opposites attract. Jamie changes Landon’s life forever and he is never the same person. If I say anymore about the plot, I will totally give it away and then you won’t need to read it….so that’s all I can tell you about the story.

    This book was refreshing because it was truly romantic because Jamie and Landon only share a few kisses and hand holding. I am very used to any romantic book somehow culminating in some sexual activity, but this book was even better because it didn’t.

    It would make it a great book for a teenager for many reasons. The great morals in respect to showing “love”, the fact that everyone has something to offer even if they are different and showing what some of the important things are in life.

    I would definately recommend reading this book, but I still think that even if you don’t enjoy this one, check out some of Sparks’ other novels for more tragic love stories!

  • Troy Degarnham
    17:34 on April 12th, 2013
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    Nicholas Sparks has written another great book, “Message In A Bottle”. A woman by the name of Theresa Osborn takes a summer vacation in Cape Cod. One morning while jogging along the beach she comes across a bottle with a scrolled up message inside that takes her breath away. Theresa goes through extensive research to find the mysterious yet sensitive writter. She finds the man on an old fishing port in North Carolina and from there the romance begins. Theresa has a hard time coping with the relationship since her ex-husband moved out when she was pregnant with her son. Garrett, the secret writer, has a love too, his wife Catherine to whom he writes the letters. Theresa finds out about Catherine and it brings Garrett to terms with who he really is. I saw the movie after reading the book and found the book to be much better, so READ it!!

  • BayAreaNative
    18:07 on April 12th, 2013
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    I’ve read at least 6 books by Nicholas Sparks, and “Message In A Bottle” is by far one of the best novels Sparks had written. All the characters were well-developed, even more developed than the characters in “True Believer” and “At First Sight” (“True Believer”‘s sequel). Like all of Sparks’ novels, this book includes elements of comedy, drama, and the inevitable sadness. The novel starts out with Theresa Osbourne jogging near the Cape, and discovering a message in a bottle that would change her life forever. The message inside the bottle was written by Garrett Blake, a widower who is still very madly in love with his dead wife, Catherine. After reading 3 letters written by Garrett, Theresa decides to meet this “perfect man” who lives in Wilmington (a city totally different from Boston, where Theresa lives). This event will soon turn into passion…but where will this passion lead them? I enjoyed reading the book, and even though the ending was not the one I wanted, this novel will leave a deep impact in my memory.

  • Kyler Robinson
    19:22 on April 12th, 2013
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    The depth of true love is never captured so beautifully. The love so deeply expressed in the letters that capture your heart. I saw the movie after I read the book, and though I enjoyed the movie; I was rather disappointed that the director did not capture the passion and depth of the love that the two characters shared in the book. I had mentioned to a male friend(one who is not much into romantic movies) about the movie, and he watched the movie. Afterwards, I gave him the book to read. He prefered the book from the movie. For anyone who believes in second chances at love, and true love for that matter, will enjoy this book. For those who are passionate and still search for that special someone who is their heart’s twin, this book is for you.

  • Likeitis
    21:22 on April 12th, 2013
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    Message in a Bottle is a well written love story by Nicholas Sparks. It begins with Theresa finding a bottle on the beach containing a letter inside of it. The letter is written from Garrett to his wife expressing his deep love for her. Theresa finds the letter inspiring and can’t believe a man could write a letter with so much feeling. Theresa is a columnist for the Boston Times and publishes the letter in her column. She receives hundreds of letters and emails responding to the letter and even receives another of Garrett’s messages that was found in a bottle on a beach by a reader of her column. Theresa then becomes fascinated by this man and his messages after she discovers a third letter. She decides she must go find him, not knowing that if she does she might just fall in love with him. She searches him down to a small North Carolina town and finds him to be the owner of a scuba diving shop. Soon after she meets him she discovers the love she has for him but being a single mom, living in Boston and writing her own column she doesn’t have a lot of time to spend with Garrett, who is unwilling to move to a big city, give up his love for scuba diving, and put his past wife, Catherine, behind him. The problems and love between Garrett and Theresa escalade. But does the story end with a happier ever after? Only the ending will tell. I thought this was an excellent book and once it got me hooked I couldn’t put it down till the last page was read.

  • Ucgmypps
    23:19 on April 12th, 2013
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    Desperately attempting to find a book, any book, to read while flying from New Orleans to Cleveland I picked up this book because it was short, had a nice picture on the front, and was written by the author who gave us Time in a Bottle. Not expecting much I read the prologue and became slightly interested in the first person account of a self-absorbed 17 year old boy. (It kinda described me 25 years ago.)

    After the 1st chapter, I was hooked! Spark’s humorous phrasing and self-appraisal is wonderful. Best of all is his ability to tell a simple story which is filled with implications regarding relationships that everyone can benefit from. Is this fluff? I guess so, but so what. Is it predictable? Yes, but so what. The only knock on this book would be the author’s not too subtle attempts to bring tears to the readers’ eyes in the final passages of the book. But so what!

    In essence, while reading this book, I became that 17 year old boy all over again. It brought back memories and feelings often buried after years and years of being an adult. Thanks, Sparks. It’s not often I read a book that I enjoy and that I can recommend it to my daughter, my wife, my son and my mother.

  • Melaine Lessly
    0:15 on April 13th, 2013
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    I am NOT a sappy romance reading fan, but I loved this one!(hated the Hollywood rendition–sorry) I related to Theresa in her desire to be happy with the way her life was as a single mother and in her motivation to find the man who wrote words most of us only dream of hearing. Admittingly, the story seems unrealistic at times, but the novel still provides the reader with a truly realistic message: Live life to the fullest each day, and do not deny yourself the love of those around you. Reading Tip—do not read the last quarter of the book without tissues!

  • Dann Edenholm
    0:40 on April 13th, 2013
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    I appreciated this book more than I thought I would, given that the writing style sometimes seemed overly precious, and the plot predictable and cliched. Still, with all that, there is a basic goodness in the main characters, including Hegbert, that shines through even this treatment. That’s what prompted me to finish the book. It brings us back to a supposedly simpler time, and is good, escapist fiction, which isn’t necessarily bad.

    On another point, I am amazed by number of reviewers here who assume as Gospel truth–no pun intended–that Jamie dies in the end. Clearly, that’s what happened in the movie. However, Sparks’s treatment of that possibility at the end in the book struck me as great deal more ambiguous.

    Landon never removed his ring. How did he put it? He “never felt the need to.” He *knows*, with the insight of 40 intervening years, that he would have married Jamie even if she weren’t dying. And, in the end, he knows “one thing that we don’t know”: that miracles do, indeed, happen.

    Now maybe the miracle really is that Jamie changed his heart, brought two families together, and united an entire town. On the other hand, maybe the word means exactly what both Landon and Jamie always meant when they prayed for a “miracle”: Jamie recovered. At least, the book never once states that she died.

    As a final point, I’ve got to say that, if Landon indeed spent the next 40 years single and without children as a result of his wife of two weeks or so passing away when he was 17, then I don’t see this as an example of True Love as much as I feel sorry for him. No matter how much Jamie taught him, he missed out on a whole lot of life.

  • barron
    2:11 on April 13th, 2013
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    This is the most amazing book I have ever read. It took me only three hours to read the beautiful words of Nicholas Sparks from cover to cover. I laughed and then I sobbed…I would recommend this book to anyone willing to take a look at their own lives, and wonder what is missing…

  • Shagadelic
    3:23 on April 13th, 2013
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    This review refers to the Time Warner Audio Book edition(unabridged) of “Message In A Bottle” by Nicholas Sparks….

    This was a wonderful romantic tale, and fabulous reading that I just got lost in for the entire 8 hours of this audio book. If you are looking for something to keep you company on a long drive,working around the house,or just enjoy having a good story on tape, I would recommend Kimberly Schraf’s reading of “Message In A Bottle”.

    The story is touching, romantic and spellbinding.Teresa is a single mother, doing her best to raise her son, still stinging form the infidelities of her ex-husband. She has a promising career as a journalist and her days are filled with work, her friends and her son’s activites. She isnt trying to find the love her her life,but perhaps it has found her. While jogging on a beach in Cape Cod, Teresa discovers..yes..a message in a bottle. She is so touched by the beautiful words of the sender, that she can’t help but to try and locate him.(It helps being a journalist, and having lots of resources at your fingertips).Little did she know that finding the author of this beautiful letter would change her life forever.

    “Message In A Bottle” is not only a beautiful story of real love, but one that is also a journey of self awareness, of opening up to the possiblities that life has to offer.It is one that you will probably need a hankie or two as well.

    Kimberly Schraf’s reading is wonderful. I felt like I was being told a story by the library lady. She does an excellent job with putting just the right inflection into each character to portray their personalities without getting overly masuline with the men in the story. There are 6 tapes, about 45 minutes per side for a total of about 8 hours. I liked that on each new side, the last paragraph of the previous side was repeated. The quality and sound of the tapes were nice and clear for the most part, although at times there seemed to be some sort of echo in the background which I found slightly distracting(my only reason for 4 stars instead of 5). The editorial review here from the AudioFile says that it is read by Bruce Boxleitner and Kathleen Quinlan. The one I recieved has the reading by Schraf, and is the same image(The Time Warner Box) as the one here on the product page.

    This is one that I’ll probably listen to often. I loved the story, the reading, and it kept me company nicely through the day. Highly recommened for anyone who loves to hear a good story.

    Also recomended:A Bend in the Road – Large Print Edition


  • jimmy talon
    3:36 on April 13th, 2013
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    I enjoyed the book “Message in a Bottle” by Nicholas Sparks. In the story the main character Theresa is running along the beach and finds a message in a bottle. Theresa is a single parent looking for love. After she finds the letter she falls in love with the writer, whose name is Garrett. When Theresa tells her best friend Deanna, she leads Theresa on a very exciting adventure with lots of bumps along the way. Theresa is not able to tell Garrett the real reason she goes to meet him! Theresa has to lie for a long time, and when she tells Garrett the truth he gets mad. I thought the book was very good. It was way differant from Sparks other books. I would recommend this book. It is easy reading and very romantic.

  • Timothy A Scott
    5:25 on April 13th, 2013
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    After reading the authors earlier works, I have to say I was some what disappointed with his latest effort. Don’t get me wrong, Mr Sparks is a fantastic author and his books are great but this novel lacked the emotion and detail of The Notebook and Message In A Bottle…. Read if you must but don’t expect the same reaction of the other two.

  • Ross Bradley
    6:10 on April 13th, 2013
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    Although the plot is predictable, boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy looses girl, I found this to be a book that I could not put down. It has also stayed with me long after I finished reading it. The characters, setting and author’s narrative are vividly developed. These people and this place feel real to me. No matter what part of the country you’re from, this setting will remind you of home and simpler times. It will evoke the spectrum of emotional reactions, from laughter to tears. It certainly reminded me of my own coming of age experiences when many of the world’s lessons were yet to be discovered. Part of what lingers is the disappointment when the protagonist realizes that all endings aren’t happy. I’m sure most of us can relate to that.

  • filmizlerik
    8:13 on April 13th, 2013
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    Nicholas Sparks’ novel, Message in a Bottle, marks a triumphant accomplishment for romantic fantacism in the present, fast-paced world. Sparks’ depiction of real-life romance with a twist of fantasy is wonderfully written through his character’s feelings, as well as thoughts. This novel is written in third person omniscient; this allows the reader to feel like the character. The way in which Sparks uses his power of narration to pull the reader into the book, allowing the reader feel how the characters feels is magnificent. The details portrayed by Sparks, in the novel, are meticulously written, allowing a perfect, accurate, painted picture to wallow in the readers mind; thus resulting in a rush for more information. Once you find yourself wanting more details the book will never be put down. One of the most important detailed devices Sparks uses is flashbacks. Garrett, a main character, draws himself as a dream man through his undying, passionate love for his late wife Catherine; which Sparks tells through flashbacks. Garrett is written to be a dynamic character. We fall in love with him in the beginning of the novel because he cannot forget about Catherine. Toward the end Garrett is forced to change in order to keep his new love interest, Theresa, which makes you love him all over again. Moreover, these changes come as a result of a conflict Garrett held within himself. Garrett’s profile hits home for many people. The struggle Garrett has to forget his past and look at the future allows many readers to relate to Garrett. The fact that Garrett conquers himself may give people hope to win their own battles. Theresa and Garrett’s passionate love affair will have every woman wishing it were she. The good news is this passion does not seem impossible. The realistic writing used by Sparks leads you to believe he could be talking about your neighbor. The two main characters are seemingly not fictional. Theresa is a thirty-something year old woman, divorced, and working with a twelve-year-old son. Garrett is a laid-back widower with a dive shop and a love for sailing. In essence Message in a Bottle is a page turner story with a romance everyone wants and characters we can relate to and care for as if they were our friends due to Sparks’ outstanding elements of detail in character profiles, flashbacks, and other literary technique.

  • Antonio Vargas
    9:37 on April 13th, 2013
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    Message in a Bottle is a unique romantic story and a fine novel. It all starts when Theresa Osborne is vacationing in Cape Code and comes across – you guessed it – a message in a bottle. The message is from a man “Garrett” to his wife about his intensely felt love. Osborne, a middle aged divorcee with little romance in her own life is intrigued enough to start searching out others who may have found similar messages. As she collects them, she herself falls in love with Garrett (although she has yet to admit it to herself) and decides to search for him. She finds him in a small, North Carolina town and the romance emerges. But of course – they are such different people that problems crop up. He is a widower feeling guilty and not over his wife and a small town kind of guy. She’s a big city gal with a career. But the relationship develops with ups and downs nonetheless.

    Sparks is excellent in fully developing the personalities of his characters and building empathy in the reader. He has done a fine job here. If you didn’t like the movie – read the book anyway. It’s much better.

  • Patrick C Bedford
    10:44 on April 13th, 2013
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    Nicholas Sparks is ever so good at writing a love story that floods your mind and stirs your heart.

    I have read Sparks’ The Notebook and Message in a Bottle and it is my opinion that A Walk to Remember falls short of The Notebook but is better than MIAB.

    The story is narrated from a first person’s point of view, which is my favourite in novels. Landon tells us his story from 40 years ago, a year of his life which changed him forever.

    We are introduced to Jamie, a plain “good” girl whom everyone can identify with: conservative wear, no make-up, carries a Bible all the time. Landon, then 17, young, brash, eager to blend into the crowd.

    As “the Lord’s plan” throws the two together, we smile and go “awwww” as we see them falling in sweet, innocent, wholesome love which we often wish for ourselves. Sparks is able to wrench our hearts and at the same time, preparing us at the back of our minds, for something that would pop the bubble.

    Along the lines of his other 2 novels, heartache was inevitable. Would you cry? Would you scorn at the predictability of the story? Do find out for yourself.

  • Paul Colcleasure
    11:04 on April 13th, 2013
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    Good beach reading, but this is basically a remake of “Love Story” set in Beaufort, NC, with teenage characters. This is more suitable for teens than adult reading. I was disappointed.

  • Really?
    11:29 on April 13th, 2013
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    I absolutely loved Message in a Bottle. I got it for my birthday a year ago and it became my favorite book of all time. Nicholas Sparks really tugs at your heart strings and really paints the picture of the whole story. From the beginning to the end I could not put it down.

  • Fox Pros
    11:43 on April 13th, 2013
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    If you are looking for page turning suspense, edge of your seat expectations of what is to come, DON’T read this book. If you want to curl up in a chair, finish a book in one evening, enjoy a coming of age love story, & if you are old enough to remember that first love & still like to dream about it once in a while, then READ this book. Once again Sparks touches our heart in a subtle warm way, waking our feelings & emotions. What a glorious change from intensity!

  • Sothenwhy
    11:55 on April 13th, 2013
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    This is a beautiful, romantic, heartwarming story that will sure to leave you crying at the end. But as the author states in his preface – “you have been forewarned”. I don’t read many fiction books, yet when I do, I tend to stick to favorite authors and Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorites. I was hooked after reading Message In A Bottle – another tearjerker.

    I am a hopeless romantic and I usually don’t read romance books, but this book is superb for all of you other hopeless romantics. This book will tear at your heartstrings and will linger with you for days. I could not put this book down and read it in two days. I was immediately captivated and transported into Landon Carter’s world in the late 1950′s. Landon does an incredible amount of “growing up” during his seventeenth year of life. The minister’s daughter, Jamie Sullivan, helps him to transform from a selfish, self-absorbed “kid”, to a young adult on the verge of manhood. Landon conveys traits of tenderness, and compassion, and learns about love and faith and how to forgive, while his love blossoms for Jamie. Jamie is able to bring out all that is pure and good from Landon. It is this innocent love that is all consuming that helps to foster Landon’s growth and wisdom.

    Jamie may be portrayed in the book as a “goodie two-shoes”, but her innocence, her unnerving faith and trying to live her life as God wanted us all to live, endears her to the reader.

    The book may be predictable in parts, but that does not deter from the beauty of this story. In the conclusion, Landon realizes what love is and what it really means to love another by helping your love’s dream become a reality. Landon’s heart softens when he lets his true nature come through and shine – and shine it does. Epitome of true love – most definitely! With Landon’s transformation complete, the reader is completely absorbed with these two main characters. You can’t help but fall in love with them.

    Nicholas Sparks – I congratulate you on another most tender and endearing story.

    I absolutely love this book and recommend it heartily. This is a must read kind of book that can’t help but uplift you as well. Just keep your kleenex handy!

  • candyer
    12:05 on April 13th, 2013
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    I thought Message in a Bottle was one the best books I have read in a long time. Sparks does a wonderful job at catching the romantic in all of us. I can’t wait to read the next one. If you saw the movie and don’t chose this one because of it you are missing out. I lent the book to a friend who lovedit and shelent it to a friend who loved it who lent it to a friend who lovedit and so on and so on. Read it you will be glad you did

  • Max Noob
    14:03 on April 13th, 2013
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    I have already read a few of Nicholas Sparks books and because I enjoyed them, I decided to pick up “A Walk to Remember”. I didn’t really know what to expect, however most of the way through I figured out that Sparks seems to have a knack for the romantic, yet tragic love story.

    This begins with an older man recalling a year of his life that he will never forget. Basically, Landon Carter is the typical senior in high school. He is applying to college and trying to figure out a way to cruise through the year. Also, he is the typical teenager who is worried about his appearance in front of his friends. Somehow, Landon befriends Jamie Sullivan who is the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister and a conservative Christian girl. Through the course of the school year, they fall in love as we get to know more about Landon and Jamie and see how these opposites attract. Jamie changes Landon’s life forever and he is never the same person. If I say anymore about the plot, I will totally give it away and then you won’t need to read it….so that’s all I can tell you about the story.

    This book was refreshing because it was truly romantic because Jamie and Landon only share a few kisses and hand holding. I am very used to any romantic book somehow culminating in some sexual activity, but this book was even better because it didn’t.

    It would make it a great book for a teenager for many reasons. The great morals in respect to showing “love”, the fact that everyone has something to offer even if they are different and showing what some of the important things are in life.

    I would definately recommend reading this book, but I still think that even if you don’t enjoy this one, check out some of Sparks’ other novels for more tragic love stories!

  • Nick Johnson
    14:34 on April 13th, 2013
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    Message in a Bottle has captured my heart and leaves us feeling that true romance still exsists. I Reccommend this title because it is a great easy read and the character involvment leaves you with a sense of actually being there (most important) even for the toughest of romance critics. Nicholas Sparks has certainly done a great Job in writing this novel. Well Done.

  • cluefull
    15:37 on April 13th, 2013
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    Yes, I am a hopeless romantic, and yes, I take great comfort in believing in the power of true love in the world, so if this makes me a sap, then I’m proud of it! I have now read all three of Mr. Sparks’ books and have enjoyed them immensely. Will they be considered great literature? Probably not. But they are completely believable and engaging, and appropriate for all readers. They have a wonderful way of transporting you right into the story. You are hooked right from the get go. Yes, they’re easy and quick to read, and somewhat predictable, but so what? I’ve found great life lessons on billboards and posters and calendars so I’ve never been prejudiced into feeling that only Shakespeare and Thoreau and Milton provide great and worthy messages. I know that many will dismiss Mr. Sparks’ books as fluff, but I think that any writing that moves so many people in such a positive way is indeed “great literature.” Buy this book, and enjoy! (And buy The Notebook and Message in a Bottle also if you haven’t read them yet! I also recommend Richard Paul Evans.)

  • Lowell Millwee
    17:16 on April 13th, 2013
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    Jamie Sullivan is quite and polite young girl that carries her Bible with her and helps out at an orphanage. When Jamie Sullivan and her meet, she tells him not to fall in love with her. He doesn’t expect that to ever happen, but through a series of events, he falls in love with her and later finds out that she has a fatal dissease. This book was well written and easy to read. The author has a unique way of capturing your attention and keeping it. Once you start reading it, it is hard to put the book down. Also, the author makes you laugh one moment and want to cry the next. Personally, I really enjoyed the book. I was able to relate well to it. Primarily because of the age similarity and some of the problems the charcters faced, I have had to face also. The author’s style was interesting to me, and I am reading another one of his books now. This book left me wanting to be a better person and it gave me a new perspective of life. Even though I thought this was a good book, I think that more females would enjoy it than males. I think that young adults and adults would be more drawn to this book than any other age group.

  • Trevor A
    17:58 on April 13th, 2013
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    1.Message in a Bottle/ Nicholas Sparks
    2.Warner books, Incorporated 1999, 384pp
    4.A divorced mother of a 12-year-old son named Theresa Osborn came along a bottle with a message in it. It was signed and throughout the book she takes the readers through a hunt for the man who signed it.

    Message in a bottle is about true love, and never being able to let go of the past. Theresa is a very hardworking single mom living in Boston, Massachusetts. As she was vacationing in cape cod, She loved jogging on the beach, one day on her daily jog she found a bottle that had washed up on the shore. Inside the bottle was a love letter addressed to a young lady named Catherine. Theresa wanted to learn more about the letter so she investigates the letter and puts it in the newspaper she works for and got many responses from it. One even wrote back to Theresa and told her that she had found a bottle with a love letter in it just like the one she had found. It was addressed to the same young lady and signed by the same man. Theresa found out where the letter was from and found the man living in North Carolina. She took a trip to North Carolina, she never told him about the letters being found and spent a lot of time with Garrett. After a few days she learned from him that his wife (Catherine) had died tragically and he still grieved for her. He wrote several letters to his wife and would sail out to sea and toss them out. Theresa spent a lot of time with Garrett and the more time they spent together, the more they felt for each other.
    My opinion about Message in a Bottle is that this novel had unbelievable love and it shows how strong love can be. This story has many happy moments and many sad but Nicholas sparks does such a great job writing this love story. I can really feel the characters happiness and all their other feelings. I absolutely loved this book, I really recommend this novel.

  • Mr Nice
    19:01 on April 13th, 2013
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    I needed something quick to read one afternoon (I am reading a pile of nonfiction books right now) and grabbed this one. I definitely was not expecting it to pull at my heart strings like it did. I definitely did not expect to have a tear fest for the entire afternoon. I had heard about the movie (which ironically is on this week on one of the movie channels and now am inspired to dvr it!) but had not watched it as I didn’t think it would be all that good. That was another reason why I didn’t pick up this book earlier ~~ but I am glad that I did. Sometimes you need a novel to be just a novel and this one is definitely a wonderful one to escape into.

    This novel focuses on Theresa, a thirty-something divorced mom of a tween, lonely for love and distrustful of any man. She is on vacation when she stumbles upon a bottle that had a note inside it. Excited, she opens it and found herself drawn to the writer of the message ~~ his love for his wife shines through his pain and anguish. Theresa copies the letter and puts it in her column which ran nationwide. Then she discovers two more letters just full of heartbroken yearning for lost love, written by the same guy. Intrigued, she sets out to find out just who this guy is and once she finds him, she falls in love.

    It is just a sentimental novel ~~ my husband would call it a sappy book ~~ but sometimes, a romantic novel is just what a busy mom needs to escape from the daily flow of life. Sometimes, it’s nice to be reminded that there is romance in this world and at one time, there is romance in the soul ~~ and maybe just maybe, it can be recaptured again. It is a lovely book and it was one that I definitely was not expecting to enjoy as much as I did.

    If you’re looking for something to read in a lazy afternoon, I highly suggest this one. Just be sure to have a box of kleenexs next to you.


  • banger
    20:05 on April 13th, 2013
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    Message in a Bottle is an outstanding book, it deals with loving after grief. A middle aged divorce woman finds a message in a bottle. She then discovers more messages and hunts down the writer of all the messages, when she meets him she gets the oppurtunity to go on a date with him. After their date she goes on the adventure of a lifetime, experiencing decisions, love, and hope.

  • K.Getty
    21:16 on April 13th, 2013
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    The book a Walk To Remember, written by Nicholas Sparks, is one of the most heartfelt book I have ever read. There is romance, drama, and many lessons learned.
    In a little town in North Carolina, a boy was becoming a man. When Landon Carter was a seinor, he took a drama class, which just happened to have the minister’s daughter in it. Jamie Sullivan was a plain girl, she didn’t care what other people thought of her or that she wasn’t “normal”. The play that was put on was written by Jamie’s father, and of course Jamie played the angel. Landon was given the main part, Tom, who falls in love with with her. Thats when it started, Landon was falling for Jamie.
    He started visiting her house every day after school, but he soon felt unfulfilled, so he got up the nerve to ask her out (keep in mind that this happened in the 1950′s and that was a big deal), and to his surprise, she said yes. Eventually they started to spend as much time as possible together. They did things at the orphanage or just sat on he pourch and talked.
    Landon finally put a meaning to the saying, “Don’t Judge a book by it’s cover”. He finds out that it doesn’t matter if Jamie doesn’t wear the right clothes or she reads the Bible all the time, it’s those traits that make her unique and special to him. The ending was a HUGE surprise! It was like being thropwn a curve ball. The book showed me was it was like to live life to the fullest. It’s like Andrew Loyde Webber said, “Love Changes Everything”.

  • AlExGgggg
    21:53 on April 13th, 2013
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    I loved this book. I am not an avid book reader so it takes a really good book to keep me interested and this one did the trick. From cover to cover it was a real page turner. I identified with the characters and felt like I was there. Sparks is a great author. If you liked this novel I would love to recommend Summer Sisters by Judy Blume.

  • it's magical
    23:55 on April 13th, 2013
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    I just finished reading this novel. It is my fifth Nicholas Sparks book after The Rescue, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, and The Wedding.

    I thought the beginning was preety slow and boring, and after about the first thirty pages, I wanted to stop. But I feel obligated to finish any book I start, so I kept on.

    The book eventually got better, and I found myself unable to put it down. The ending is unlike any of the other Sparks novels I’ve read, and that really surprised me.

    This book would probably my third favorite of the Sparks book I’ve read.

    If you want a good cry, I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Dwayne Phelps
    0:39 on April 14th, 2013
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    This was a pleasant book to read, though the entire story was quite predictable. From the moment the Landon begins describing Jamie….well, most readers will know that this “bad boy” will soon lose his heart to the “good girl.” I don’t want to say anything about the ending, so as not to spoil it, but most readers will see it coming. This novel lacks any tension or mystery. We know what will happen — the pleasure lies in watching it unfold.

    The story is spiritual with a Christian message. This is the first Nicholas Sparks book that I’ve read, so I don’t know if all his novels are oriented towards religion. I was expecting a love story, but the emphasis on church and religion surprised me. I think the book will probably be most meaningful to Christians. As a Jewish person, I found it somewhat unreal. The “bad” characters were revealed to be quite harmless and good at heart. The “good” characters were beyond human good – Jamie is described as angelic, and so she is.

    It is a sweet book, though. And I read it quickly, in one day. It is not at all suggestive or sexual, and is appropriate reading for all ages.

  • mr kumar
    2:07 on April 14th, 2013
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    I don’t read books like this often. I am more of a Stephen King or James Patterson type of reader. I try once and awhile to stray from my normal paths of reading into things more sentimental. This was one of those times when I said let’s read a sad book. This was one of the better books I have ever read. Landon Carter is a well developed and funny character. I like Sparks twists of humor and sadness all on one page. He makes you love the characters and actually makes you wish the book could go on and on. So I heavily recommend reading this book. I also think that every teenager should read this. It really makes you think.

  • Henry K.
    3:27 on April 14th, 2013
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    This is an ok book, not great but also not awful. Its a quick read which is good because if it was any longer I would have hated it.

    Im not really sure what so many people like about Nicholas Sparks’ books, they are predicatable, sappy and a little boring. There must be a lot of young girls reading them.

    This story wont hold any surprises and you wont cry very much if at all like it warns you in the beginnnig. I read this while I was pregnant and very emotional and it only made me mildly watery eyed.

    That said its still not a bad book. Just not a great one.

  • mathisworks
    3:49 on April 14th, 2013
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    When I read what this book was about, I just had to read it right away. The idea of a woman finding a love letter in a bottle, and becoming obsessed with finding the man who wrote it, really facinated me (OK, I’ll admit, I enjoyed Sleepless in Seattle). But the characters and storyline left me feeling a bit flat. It started out good, she found the man fairly easily and they hit it off great. But I didn’t think there was very much depth to her character, not that her character was bad or anything, I just felt the author didn’t do her justice. Garrett started off as a good character, but it really turned me off that they went to bed the second time they met. A man who is portrayed to be as sensitive and in love with his deceased wife as Garrett was just simply would not do that! It also made me a bit angry that Theresa did not tell Garrett about the letters right away, it made me think that she was deceptive.
    Another thing, to me this book seemed extremely sad, even at parts when they were happy, there was some underlying gloom. Because of this, I was able to guess quite easily how the story would end, which was not how I wanted it to end.
    Overall, I would say that this was a good way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon, but I don’t think I’ll read this one again.

  • Dave Bey
    5:39 on April 14th, 2013
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    I’d decided to give the movie a miss, thinking that it was “one of those soppy AND predictable stuff” and it never crossed my mind to read the book until I read Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.

    I already had a gist of what the story would turn out to be (thanks to a reviewer on who gave the story away) but decided to sit through it anyway.

    Again, like The Notebook, I found it a captivating tale which made me want to continue to read and read and read. A lady giving herself another chance at love, together with a man who lost his love of a lifetime, is something that a lot of us can relate to.

    Nicholas had stirred our hearts and minds by putting together very touching prose which speaks of a love so great and beautiful that it makes one wonder, just where can we find a love like that?

    The plot is nothing brand new but still, the tale holds you and makes you ask for more. Theresa and Garrett are both very believable and realistic characters who are torn between very human issues. My heart went out to them, albeit I found it a little strange that they would have such dilemmas at the crossroad of their union.

    A very heart-warming book but you can save those tissues. The Notebook is far more heart-wrenching.

  • Anon Ymous
    6:10 on April 14th, 2013
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    Landon Carter’s life changes forever when he’s only 17. Though he’s 57 now he can remember those days as if it were only yesterday. Because when he was 17 he fell in love with the girl he never thought he would even like. When he signs up for the drama class in school, he sees it only as a way to have an easy class and a good nap. Jamie, the girl that everyone makes fun of for her sweet attitude and numerous charity works, is also in this class. When Landon is in need for a date to the school dance, he finds that Jamie is the only one he can ask. Jamie accepts but she makes him promise one thing, not to fall in love with her. Landon laughs it off and accepts this promise but he soon finds himself breaking it. Over the next few months, as Jamie brings out the best in him and helps him grow up. For the first time in his life he’s in love and wants nothing more than to be with her. But when something threatens that love, will they be able to stay together?

    Though I’m not usually into the romance genre I found this book to be an exception. This book was well written with an almost simplistic style that will make you want to read it in one sitting. It was hard to put down. I only wish it were longer. Jamie and Landon are wonderful characters that will make you laugh and cry. My only complaint is parts of it were… a bit unrealistic. I won’t say which to spoil the ending. Though the ending is sad this will be a book that you’ll love. I recommend this to people who are fans of a sad but moving book.

  • Carley Brous
    7:48 on April 14th, 2013
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    This book is one of Sparks’ most ROMANTIC ever, and MY favorite! This is the tale of finding true love twice, and having absolute faith. It is about a woman, who is divorced with a son and live with him in Boston. One day on vacation she stumles upon a bottle on the beach. She opens it and finds a beautiful love letter addressed to a “Catherine”. Being that she is a reporter, she publishes it in the paper, touching many, MANY hearts of her readers. This intrigues her, so she tries to track down the author, not knowing that she will fall in love in the process, and learn a great deal about him and his life before her. . .

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