The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

Published by Bantam Books Ltd – ISBN 0 7338 0018 1

A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open on his lap.  A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn’t understand.  Until he begins to read to her.

 The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story of miracles that will stay with you forever.

This is the first time that I have read anything of Nicholas Sparks.  The story revolves around Noah, a veteran of World War II who returns to his hometown and purchases his dream home, a rundown old villa that needs some work.

Unexpectedly he receives a visitor from his past, someone he has never been able to forget.  But Allie is now getting married.  So what was the point of her visit.

The story was intense, with suspense mixed in.  Does Allie return to her fiancé or stay with the man that she loved years ago?  The answer is clear at the end, as the old man tells the old woman, suffering from Alzheimer’s, the story of the young couple, bringing her awareness of the world to the fore once more.

I have to admit, I still prefer James Patterson for male romance writers, but Nicholas Sparks is able to capture the raw emotions well.

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