I guess I'm the only person who wasn't impressed with this book. I found it too much a derivative of Bridges of Madison County. I also can't suspend disbelief enough to believe in mature people being stupid enough to "fall in love" in two days. In two days, you can only fall in love with an image since you have to know someone to really fall in love with them. I thought the author "told" the story instead of showing and making me feel the emotions of the characters. I found the relationship of the two main characters much less interesting than any of the other relationships in the book. All in all, it did not knock my socks off... or even loosen a shoelace.
The first Sparks book that I read was A walk to remember. I read that my freshman year in highschool, then never really thought about reading any of his other works. Then one day while on vacation with some family I stumbled across a discount book store. We were in there forever, and I happened across a hardback copy of this and remembered reading A walk to remember all those years ago. So I bought it on a whim, and am I ever glad that I did. This one and A Bend in the road have become two of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books. I am a guy so I don't read much romance, but his books draw you in and make you connect with the characters, without being to sappy or cheesy or smutty like those women's romance books they basically stamp out on a conveyor belt. I encourage anyone who has not read it or any Nicholas Sparks book to give this one a try. It's short and engrossing and rather enjoyable.
Fast read, but beware...it is a tearjerker! I think I will go back to my mystery/thrillers for awhile. One good cry like that can last you for awhile! *smile*
Wow! What a great story! I made the mistake of seeing the movie first........don't waste your money or time. Movie was very shallow and way too predictable. So I decided to read the book and was I glad. The story moves quickly (an easy one-day read) but keeps you wanting more. The depth of Adrienne and Paul's love was so intense, you could only feel it if you've experienced that love yourself. And if you haven't, readers, go out and find that love! You deserve it.
Well, this one didn't make me totally cry (eyes welled up a bit, but I kept the tears from falling), but it certainly did make my heart ache! Nicholas Sparks really knows how to tug at those heart strings! It is a quick read and even though you could figure out the ending within the first few chapters, Sparks still makes you wonder how exactly it would get there. It is a love story about two people, Paul and Adrienne, who meet at a bed and breakfast (the only guests for a long weekend during a storm). Neither of them knew what was missing in their lives until they found each other. All in all, it was a beautiful story.