The Notebook

The NotebookThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1) by Nicholas Sparks
Published by Bantam on July 5, 2004
Pages: 214

A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn't understand. Until he begins to read to her. An achingly tender story about the enduring power of love.
A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in 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.
Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.
Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape.
Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. Shining with a beauty that is rarely found in current literature, The Notebook establishes Nicholas Sparks as a classic storyteller with a unique insight into the only emotion that really matters.
"I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough."
And so begins one of the most poignant and compelling love stories you will ever read...The Notebook


I’m back once again with yet another book review. At some point there will be more real life posts, but since I am sort of behind on my reading goal this year I thought that I would try and use the month of March to catch up. It also doesn’t hurt that the Creating & Co book club is also having a readathon month where we attempt to clear books of our book shelves.

I’m pretty sure that I hadn’t read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks before though I will admit that I have read quite a bit of his books in the past. I do know that I have read the follow-up to this called The Wedding several years back. I’m glad that the Paper & Glam bookclub made both books their February read and that I got to read both in succession. After reading the book and then watching the movie, which is currently on Netflix. I think that I honestly like the book better.

I loved the story to pieces, I think what really did it was the way that Noah never gave up on Allie even though her disease affected her memory in such a tremendous way. It takes great patience and perseverance to keep doing something so simple like reading and being with someone like that everyday. This is the love story that people hope for and this is a classic Nicholas Sparks book that has made him the romance author of this time. Let me know if you have read The Notebook or watched the movie starring Rachel McAddams and Ryan Gosling. I hope to see you soon in another post!


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