This is my first book by the author and it was recommended to me by a friend on Bookstagram. I am now wondering why I had never heard of him considering how popular I have come to know his books are especially as a number of them have been made into movies. I wasn’t sure of what to expect except for the fact that I had been told the story would most likely bring me to tears.
‘A Walk To Remember’ is a story about discovering true love. It is also a coming of age story told by the protagonist, Landon Carter. Landon is a normal teenager growing up in a small town with his family and friends in the 1950s. Jamie is the Baptist Minister’s daughter he has known practically all his life but have never really paid her much attention because they were poles apart in everything. Then, fate brings them together and somehow Landon discovers he has fallen in love with plain Jamie. This is not all, in the process he finds God, purpose and peace even when things go south. This is a heart wrenching story about love, faith, purpose and God’s will.
This was such a good story. I listened to the audio book narrated by the author and he brought all the characters and scenes to life. What I loved the most about this book was the humor that was splattered all over the story even though it turned out to be one with a heavy theme. I loved Landon’s character the most and I could feel all his emotions through out the story. As a Christian, this is the kind of book I would easily recommend to everyone because of how the message behind the story is clearly presented without it being preachy. The end brought tears to my eyes but also with smiles because I know, God always knows best. I see myself going on a Nicholas Sparks binge in the next few days so watch out for more reviews of his books. Highly recommended.
Rating: 4 Stars
Published: May 24th 2000 by Grand Central Publishing
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.
Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), The Longest Ride (2013), See Me (2015), Two by Two (2016), Every Breath (2018) and The Return (2020) as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His twenty-second novel, The Wish, was published on September 28, 2021.
Film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, including The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven (on all of which he served as a producer), The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song, have had a cumulative worldwide gross of over three-quarters of a billion dollars. The Notebook is also being adapted into a musical, featuring music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson.
Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. He co-founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina in 2006. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4×400 meter, in New York. The record still stands.
The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages was launched in 2011. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of the Sparks family, more than $15 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because the Sparks family covers all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.
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