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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
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The Notebook (original 1996; edition 1998)

by Nicholas Sparks

Series: The Notebook (1)

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Classic Literature. Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:Experience the unforgettable, heartbreaking love story set in post-World War II North Carolina about a young socialite and the boy who once stole her heart one of PBS's "Great American Reads".

Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again . . .
At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle . . .

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Title:The Notebook
Authors:Nicholas Sparks
Info:Warner Vision, Mass Market Paperback, 213 pages
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Rating:****
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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (1996)

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    Norabee: This is a truly beautiful love story that any fan of romance would love, but if you liked elements of The Notebook, you will definitely love this one - highly recommended
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    pinkkrypto: An amazing love story. Incredibly touching.
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    CoverLoverBookReview: Charles Martin's writing style is similar to Nicholas Sparks'. Both display a great love story that stands the tests of hardships and time.
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I’ve avoided The Notebook for years. Finally read it, and I simultaneously don’t know what I was afraid of, and don’t understand the hype.

Sparks is a gifted writer, of course, and paints some beautiful imagery of the NC coast. And there is some tension in the uncertainty of where relationships will go. Other than that, I don’t see what so many people love about this story. Allie is unlikeable, there’s not much character development, and the underlying sense of dread of the end made the whole thing uncomfortable for me. All I felt at the end was relief that I was done reading. ( )
  jnoshields | Apr 10, 2024 |
Hard hitting, real and confronting. ( )
  T.E.Bunny | Apr 5, 2024 |
It’s probably fair to say that most of us in our middle age and older have seen The Notebook in movie form. Today, however, I read the book, and while it has the same concept, the book is so beautifully written with such lovely visuals, it should be required reading before marriage licenses are given.

Noah and Allie found each other as teenagers, separated by circumstances and parents for fourteen years; Allie finds Noah three weeks before she is to marry Lon, a nice attorney in North Carolina.

As the story goes, Allie ditches Lon and she and Noah live happily ever after until Alzheimer’s steals Allie’s memories. Noah spends the last of his days reading, daily, a notebook that contains the story of Allie and Noah’s life before the mind-stealing disease takes Allie.

The Notebook is the ultimate pull at your heartstrings story and a reminder that the line is ‘until death do us part,’ not ‘until I’m bored and ready to move on.’ ( )
  LyndaWolters1 | Apr 3, 2024 |
short and sweet. perfect for a rainy day on the couch ( )
  jadepol | Mar 5, 2024 |
I'm not sure why this book was popular (maybe it wasn't?) because there's not much to it. Actually, that's probably the reason people liked it. It's a simple story that could be summed up in three or four sentences. In the 'author interview' at the end, he proudly tells us that he made it short, and excluded any 'profanity' to give it more commercial appeal to his target audience - presumably the southern American bible belt ( )
  oldblack | Feb 18, 2024 |
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This book is dedicated with love to Cathy, my wife and my friend.
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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.
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:Experience the unforgettable, heartbreaking love story set in post-World War II North Carolina about a young socialite and the boy who once stole her heart one of PBS's "Great American Reads".

Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again . . .
At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle . . .

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At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle...
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