Book Review: The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
After thirty years, Wilson Lewis is forced to face a painful truth: the romance has gone out of his marriage. His wife, Jane, has fallen out of love with him, and it is entirely his fault. Despite the shining example of his in-laws, Noah and Allie Calhoun, and their fifty-year love affair (originally recounted in The Notebook), Wilson himself is a man unable to express his true feelings. He has spent too little time at home and too much at the office, leaving the responsibility of raising their children to Jane. Now his daughter is about to marry, and his wife is thinking about leaving him. But if Wilson is sure of anything, it is this: His love for Jane has only grown over the years, and he will do everything he can to save their marriage. With the memories of Noah and Allie's inspiring life together as his guide, he vows to find a way to make his wife fall in love with him...all over again.
If you're a regular reader of my blog, you will know that The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is one of my favourite books ever. It tells the story of how Noah and Allie fell in love one summer, lost touch for 14 years and then found each other again. Their love story is truly inspirational and touching, and, despite all the hardships they had to face, they still managed to keep the magic in their relationship alive. Things, instead, turned out differently for their daughter Jane and her husband Wilson, whose story is told in the Wedding, the long-awaited follow-up to The Notebook.
Wilson couldn't be more different from Jane's romantic father Noah. He's not the romantic type, he's no good at expressing his feelings and worked so much during all the years of their marriage that, as a result, he and Jane have fallen apart. But despite all this, he's still madly in love with her. Unfortunately he realises that she doesn't feel the same way about him anymore. So he decides to win her love back and turns to Noah for advice. He wants to do something special for their 30th anniversary but a couple of weeks before that date, their daughter Anna announces she's getting married. She wants a small, no-fuss wedding and Jane, who has never had the white wedding she desired because her husband, not believing in God, convinced her to have only a civil ceremony, organizes it.
Anyone who's been in a relationship that's lost its magic (and let's face, who hasn't?) will relate to Wilson and Jane's story. They are two ordinary people; there is nothing remarkable about them that makes them stand out, and in a way, this makes them quite boring characters, but it also makes them real. Jane and Wilson could be absolutely anyone and to see the way he goes about to fix their marriage is very touching. And the end will absolutely surprise you. Although the book is a bit sappy, it also offers some interesting food for thought and makes you reflect on how a stale marriage can be saved if both parties are willing to work hard at it, instead than just giving up.
The book is not as engaging as The Notebook and quite slow, especially at the beginning. A large chunk of the book is also dedicated to the wedding arrangements, which some may found boring, but I really enjoyed it. The writing style is just poetic. Sparks really has a way with words that tugs at your heartstrings and, if you're the romantic type, this book will make you shed a tear or two. Overall, The Wedding is a well-written, romantic, and even sappy story, that will make you smile, cry and think.
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, tells the story of how an ordinary man, who has neglected his wife and finds it hard to show her how he feels, fights to save his stale marriage. It is a story that anyone can relate to and provides some food for thought. Although the story is a bit slow, especially at the beginning, it is still well-written. Nicholas Sparks has a way with words that makes even the most ordinary story seem unique and poetic.
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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
- Length: 333 words (1 double-spaced pages)
- Rating: Excellent
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The beginning of this book puzzles the reader. It doesn't clearly state the setting and plot in the first chapter; it almost leaves the mood open to how the reader interprets it. In the romance story The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks, the plot then shifts from a nursing home to a small town -- New Bern, North Carolina. It baffles the reader so much that it urges one to read on. The romance of Noah and Allie in this book is so deep and complex that it will bring a tear to the eye of any reader.
The man, Noah, is a poet in Allie's eyes and he expresses love as, "Our souls were one, if you must know and never shall they be apart; With splendid dawn, your face aglow I reach for you and find my heart" (183). As teenagers, the two of these "love birds" had one summer of intense passion that was ended abruptly by Allie's parents disapproval. When Allie left New Bern the couple planned to keep in touch by writing letters, but because Allie's moms did not approve of Noah, she hid all his letters from her without Allie knowing. Noah continued to write but without a reply, his hopes dissolved. While Noah sat on his porch playing his guitar with his three-legged dog Clem, he reminisced about the adventures they had, foreshadowing the events that followed. "And if, in some distant place in the future, we see each other in our new lives, I will smile at you with joy, and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. And maybe, for a brief moment, you'll feel it too, and you'll smile back, and savor the memories we will always share together" (151). There are surprises one would never expect and descriptions that one can't even imagine; they pull the reader in and paint a picture in the mind. This novel will make the reader cry, gasp, sigh, and cry once more.
The Notebook is a very romantic novel for those who enjoy "the yucky love stuff." It isn't good for those who delight in books that are more adventurous because it moves slowly, but at a pace, that still keeps the reader interested.
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Sparks writes very different novels and if you were to read one, the next could be completely different, and this shows how wide of a talent he has. It makes one want to read every book by him because they are so diverse. This book is touching in the way is shows love through other's eyes. Sparks takes the unpredictable and inexplicable love and puts it into words that seem to create a song. "I ne'er was struck before that hour with love so sudden and so sweet, Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower and stole my heart away complete" (156).