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#4: True Believer

OMG, this is another extraordinary love story! Is Love at First Sight possible? I had the same teary eyes and lingering Goosebumps that I also had when I first saw “The Notebook” movie the first time, as I finished this masterpiece.

Some reviews that I read on this work seemed to indicate this Nicholas Spark’s novel was simply mediocre, and not up to his superior standards. I could not disagree more; the “True Believer” is among his best. I liked this book very much, found it very believable, and the characters well-defined and realistic. Keep in mind I have only read three of his works before this work (“Message in a Bottle”, “The Notebook”, and “Dear John”).

From when Lexie Darnell, the Boone Creek, North Carolina head librarian met Jeremy Marsh, a successful 37-year-old Manhattan science journalist from New York to the very, very end of the book, it was among the most tender love stories I have read. Both Lexie and Jeremy had had other loves in their lives, but they did not work out. Therefore, as the story began, both were looking for their soul mate, although they were very content with their respective current lives. I will not give the end away, considering some Sparks novels do not turn out the way the reader is hoping.

This beautiful romance keeps you turning the pages, curious to see what will happen next. I strongly recommend this fabulous book to anybody who enjoys a great love story inside a mystery wrapper. I would also recommend reading the sequel, At First Sight, as I am beginning today.

Like three of his other novels, I think that this would also make a great movie.



Petr

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#3: Dear John

Nobody writes romance novel better than Nicholas Sparks. His descriptions of people falling in love are like no others. In this book, he chronicles the love affair of John Tyree, a Soldier on leave from the Army, and Savannah Curtis, a college girl who is building Habitat houses as a summer volunteer. While they are together during John’s leave from the Army their romance sizzles, but eventually time, distance, and world events (September 11th) make their relationship more difficult. This book is all about commitment, and learning to love in a selfless way. For those who are currently in a long distance romance, this novel may not be a good choice. However, for those who know unconditional love, there may not be a better choice.



Petr

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#2: The Notebook

YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK…..YOU WILL LOVE IT Nicholas Sparks has written a moving and heart-felt story about two young people whose love covers a lifetime. Be forewarned, if you don’t have a lot of time and a full box of tissues, don’t start because once you do, you won’t stop. This book was so wonderful. To be loved like Allie was would be absolutely wonderful. With so much out there to read, it was such a pleasure to read something that is so “real life” and truly wonderful. I cried much through-out the book.

It begins with Allie, young debutant from the city who has come with her parents to their summer home. Soon, she meets Noah, a local boy who lives near Allie’s parents’ house and works at the local lumber mill. After a while, the two begin going steady and they develop very deep feelings for each other. However, Allie’s mother informs her that the family will be leaving to go back to their regular home. Allie is crushed by the news, and she sadly goes to tell Noah. A fight ensues between the two, and both say things they really don’t mean. Allie enrolls in college, and Noah enlists in the Army and serves in Europe.

After the war, Noah returns home and buys a local plantation home that is very run-down. But he restores it to immaculate condition over time. The story of the house soon reaches the local press, and Noah’s handy work appears on the front page of many papers. Meanwhile, Allie served as a volunteer nurse during the war. She met a young officer named Lon, who she’s fallen madly in love with. However, she sees the story of Noah’s house and she realizes that she must see it for herself. Soon, she’s back with Noah, and all of the earlier feelings they shared come rolling back like a tidal wave. Now, Allie must choose between Noah, her first love, and Lon, the successful lawyer and the man that cares very deeply for her now. She agonizes over her decision, but in the end, she makes the decision that she believes is best for her. Who will she choose?

I found this book a very fast read. This is my second Nicholas Sparks book, and as with MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, I also enjoyed THE NOTEBOOK very much. Both were tear jerkers. I really can’t say which book I enjoyed better, but I intend to read ALL his other books. This book is a definite MUST READ for all those who love a good romance, as I do.



Petr

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#1: Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle deeply touched my heart and brought many tears to my eyes. I was unable to stop reading it once I started. Taken through so many depths of emotion, I was breathless, excited, mystified and saddened . As I read, I felt an intense connection with the characters’ feelings, especially Theresa who finds a beautiful and oh so tender love letter inside of a bottle and then Garret the man who wrote it and put into the sea. I was able to empathize with everyone of them. It made me believe in true eternal love again. That everything happen for a reason. I will never forget this novel. It’s the best romance novel I’ve ever read. Nicholas Sparks is a man who knows exactly how to write in order to touch a true romantics’ heart. To me that’s an extraordinary writer with a true gift..It was truly amazing!!!!



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Read all of Nicholas Sparks's novels (read all 10 entries…)
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At First Sight is up there, for favorites.
Lexie is one of my favorite characters, by far.

Started Dear John.



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Read all of Nicholas Sparks's novels (read all 10 entries…)
Should they catch us, and dispatch us to those seperate work camps..

Oh man, The Wedding was wonderful! <3



awinterstale16 is new layout what? o.O

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I bought The Wedding.
Now to readd!



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Loves not a competition..

I read an excerpt from The Choice for my English midterm. That was pretty awesome. =)
I didn’t start At First Sight back a few weeks ago. But since I finished Atonement, I need to bring in a new book to read in school when I have freetime, so I might bring in that.



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Read all of Nicholas Sparks's novels (read all 10 entries…)
& maybe a little treny.

I picked up At First Sight today.
I’ll be digging into that tonight hopefully. =)



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The Novels

The Last Song Read April 10

The Lucky One

The Choice Read February 09

Dear John Read February 10

At First Sight Read July 08

True Believer Read February 08

Three Weeks With My Brother

The Wedding Read March 08

The Guardian

Nights in Rodanthe Read June 08

A Bend in the Road Read June 09

The Rescue Read February 08

A Walk To Remember Read 5 years ago and reread in February 08

Message In a Bottle Read February 08

The Notebook Read December 07




 

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