You might have read a lot of romantic novels by prominent novelist. One such writer who has penned more than dozens of worldwide bestselling novels is Nicholas Sparks.Sparks is one of the famous American novelist. He is the best-selling author with 85 over million copies of his novels being sold worldwide.His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, includingThree Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers. His novels have been translated into 50 different languages. Here is the list of four novels you should read if you ever lay your hands on Nicholas Sparks works.
1. THE NOTEBOOK
The notebook was published in October 1996 and is based on a true love story.In the beginning Noah Calhoun,an old man read to an old woman from The Notebook. It is a story about enduring power of love and a story of miracles which will leave you spellbound forever. It begins with Noah Calhoun,31 on his return from World War II restores his plantation house. Meanwhile Allie Nelson,29 sees his photograph with the house in newspaper and decides to make a surprise visit before marrying next week to a well off lawyer. They had met before almost 14 years ago and has spent the summers together. After meeting they realizes they still hold the same feelings for each other which they thought might have dimmed with the passage of time.With just a week left, Allie needs to decide what she wants. 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 fundamental changes that affect us all. Some of the heart touching lines are-
“You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.”
“ When she left three weeks later, she took a piece of him and the rest of summer with her”.
The Notebook was released onscreen in June 25,2004 starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel Mc.Admas.
2. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Theresa Osborne, divorced and the mother of a twelve-year-old son, discovers a bottle in the beach while jogging which was thrown three weeks ago. Osborne works as a Boston leading newspaper columnist and is on a vacation in the seaside.Inside is a letter that opens with, “My Dearest Catherine, I miss you my darling, as I always do, but today is particularly hard because the ocean has been singing to me, and the song is that of our life together…” from Garrett.For Garrett, the message is the only way he knows to express his undying love for a woman he has lost due to an accident. For Theresa, wary of romance since her husband shattered her trust, the message raises questions that intrigue her a lot. Challenged by the mystery, and driven to find Garrett by emotions she does not fully understand. Theresa tries to find this man who in turn changes her world. Brought together by fate or some other more powerful driven force Theresa and Garrett’s lives come together and results into astrong love that is timeless and everlasting. Message in a Bottle takes readers on a hunt for the truth about a man and his memories, and about both the heartbreaking fragility and enormous strength of love. Some of the beautiful lines from the book are-
“True love is rare, and it’s the only thing that gives life real meaning.”
“Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face – I know it’s an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.”
“If you like her, if she makes you happy, and if you feel like you know her—-then don’t let her go.”
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE depicted onscreen on Feburary,1999 starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn.
3. A WALK TO REMEMBER
The novel begins with Landon Carter at an age of 57 reminiscing the scenario when he was 17 year old high school senior.As student body president, Landon is required to attend the homecoming dance with a date. So as no other girl seems available,he reluctantly asks Jamie Sullivan. Jamie is a simple girl who has always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, she seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. Jamie asks Landon to participate in the school play A Christmas Angel, for which he later agrees .In the first show of the play when Jamie enters Landon is awestruck as she looks stunning. Landon confront his love for her but surprisingly Jamie rejects. When he insist for the reason she then tells him she is suffering from Leukemia.Then she falls ill and after some time accepts that she too love Landon.Then Landon asks her to marry her so to fulfil her only dream to marry in the church full of people and to have her father walk her down the aisle. Later even after 40 years he still loves her wears her ring.Some of the lines are-
“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”
“Jamie saved my life. She taught me everything. About life, hope and the long journey ahead. I’ll always miss her. But our love is like the wind. I can’t see it, but I can feel it.”
A WALK TO REMEMBER was released on October,1999 starring Shane West and Mandy Moore
4. DEAR JOHN
The story revolves around a couple who accidently falls in love with each other while spending their two in one summer.John, an angry rebel, dropped out of school enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. He changes when he meet Savannah,a college student. John’s father has Asperger’s Syndrome. John’s father is a single parent and he has difficulty in interacting with his son. He has obsessed for collecting coins. Savannah keep waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wants to settle down with the woman he really loves.They keeping writing letters to each other. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. It seems Savannah falls in love with someone else.The last letter reads “Dear John,” …and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever.On his return to the place when his father dies he learns about Savannah’s life event following her marriage.Savannah knows that she still love him. But he decided to let her go because he loved her more than himself
“In our time together, you claimed a special place in my heart, one I’ll carry with me forever and that no one can ever replace.”
“I finally understood what true love meant…love meant that you care for another person’s happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.”
A movie depiction was released with the same name in February 5,2010 starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum.