If you thought men couldn’t write romance, you clearly haven’t stumbled into the world of Nicholas Sparks. His writing is beautiful in its truth. The characters are authentic, the plot is fantastic yet not unbelievable, and each scene flows smoothly together so we are able to understand a story told in pieces. Getting into the head of the characters was delightful. Sparks writes in a way that brings out the love, pain, and uncertainty that fuel his characters. When it rains in the book, the reader feels the chill and excitement of the downpour, and understands just how two people can fall in love as Allie and Noah do.
If the book were to be rewritten, the beginning would not be so rushed. The bulk of the story is told after WWII, in the days that Allie and Noah are brought together again after seven years. Readers are left thirsty for a sense of how things were when they first met, and the beginning of their love rather than the reunion of it. It is hard to imagine what sort of romance could last through seven years of separation, and Sparks would be most impressive if he were to let the reader feel it.
For those of you – and there are millions of you – that liked the movie The Notebook, pick up the book. You’ll see that a look inside the heads of the characters will show much more emotion and dilemma than the big screen ever can. For those of you that haven’t seen the movie yet but love romance, young or old, devour this novel. You’ll know exactly why I’m a Nicholas Sparks fan.