Celebrating 25 years of The Notebook - the classic novel which became the heart-wrenching film.
Once again, just as I do every day, I begin to read the notebook aloud...
Noah Calhoun has returned from war and, in an attempt to escape the ghosts of battle, he sets his mind and his body to restoring an old plantation home to its former beauty.
But he is haunted by memories of the beautiful girl he met there years before. A girl who stole his heart at the funfair, whose parents didn't approve, a girl he wrote to every day for a year.
When Allie Hamilton shows up on his doorstep, exactly as he has held her in his memory for all these years, Noah has one last chance to win her back. Only this time, it's not just her parents in the way - Allie is engaged and she's not a woman to go back on her promises.
The Notebook is the love story to end all love stories - it will break your heart, heal it back up and break it all over again.
Praise for Nicholas Sparks:
'A fiercely romantic and touching tale' Heat
'An A-grade romantic read' OK!
'Pulls at the heartstrings' Sunday Times
'An absorbing page-turner' Daily Mail
'This one won't leave a dry eye' Daily Mirror
In 1932, two North Carolina teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love. Spending one idyllic summer together in the small town of New Bern, Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson do not meet again for 14 years. Noah has returned from WWII to restore the house of his dreams, having inherited a large sum of money. Allie, programmed by family and the "caste system of the South" to marry an ambitious, prosperous man, has become engaged to powerful attorney Lon Hammond. When she reads a newspaper story about Noah's restoration project, she shows up on his porch step, re-entering his life for two days. Will Allie leave Lon for Noah? The book's slim dimensions and cliche-ridden prose will make comparisons to The Bridges of Madison County inevitable. What renders Sparks's (Wokini: A Lakota Journey of Happiness and Self-Understanding) sentimental story somewhat distinctive are two chapters, which take place in a nursing home in the '90s, that frame the central story. The first sets the stage for the reading of the eponymous notebook, while the later one takes the characters into the land beyond happily ever after, a future rarely examined in books of this nature. Early on, Noah claims that theirs may be either a tragedy or a love story, depending on the perspective. Ultimately, the judgment is up to readers--be they cynics or romantics. For the latter, this will be a weeper. Major ad/promo; first serial to Good Housekeeping; movie rights to New Line Cinema; Warner Audio; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.
It will make you smile, make you feel warm inside and will also make you cry. But you'll be glad you read it, and you'll be sad when you finish it. Like all of Nicholas Sparks' novels, it will take a place in your heart. It's amazing.
Had me hooked on the first sentence. I couldn't put it down and managed to read the full book in 2 days! Love it!
Amazing story, not a great writer
I first read this book when it was recommended by my Grandfather, 17 years ago. Although Nicholas Sparks is not a great writer, his stories are incredible. This book is a fantastic story. I stared reading this, sitting on my stairs, moved to my bedroom and finished it about 3am the same night. Couldn't put it down, read all night, cried from about two thirds of the way through. The next day my family all asked what was wrong with my eyes!! They were so puffy from crying all night! Took about 5 hours to read and was an incredible love story but as is life, very sad. Would recommend.