January 10, 2011

Sparks of Love

Do you remember The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks? It is one of the best love stories ever. Well, I recently discovered the sequel, The Wedding. Yes, I am all the way late.

Jane is the daughter of Noah and Allie. She's married to the narrator, Wilson. After 30 years of marriage, he comes to realize that Jane may not be in love anymore. Ever since the kids graduated and moved out, the home just feels empty. He seeks advice from father-in-law, Noah, who suggests rekindling romance by writing a heartfelt letter similar to the famous notebook. Problem is, Wilson just isn't a writer. He can't find the words or the time to express his love in words. So he decides to do small things like cooking more, sparking conversation during dinner, and bringing up old dates. He even spontaneously kisses his wife hoping that his newfound interest in their marriage will bring the spark of love back.

Their daughter announces her plans to marry on her parent's 30th anniversary. Every mother wants her daughter to have the fairy tale wedding so Jane scrambles to organize it in such short notice. Meanwhile, Wilson surprises his wife Jane with an anniversary gift she'll cherish forever.

Nicholas Sparks has a talent for writing love stories that draw you in. They make you cry, smile, reminisce, and dream about your own love life. Even though this sequel is nowhere as good as The Notebook, I still enjoyed it. Like most love stories, especially those written by Sparks, there are layers. The layers fit together seamlessly and the story flows smoothly and clearly as the characters remember other time periods. For that reason alone, The Wedding is worth reading before the movie releases.

Title: The Wedding
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Published: Sept 2003
Pages: 276
Edition: eBook
Rating: ♥♥♥


  1. Well ... I'm drawn in. "The Notebook" still has a warm spot in my heart. I won't rest until I find out why(?), Jane may have fallen out of Love.

  2. It starts off slow, but I was the same way. I had to figure out what went wrong with their marriage and if it could be resolved.

  3. Ooooh, imagine a follow-up movie to The Notebook. An absolute fave of mine. I love how it just evokes thoughts of the potential of love. The Wedding sounds much the same.

  4. The Notebook is one of my fave love stories. The Wedding wasn't as good, but it evoked the same thoughts and feelings.