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