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Reviewed by Maureen Timerman for Readers' Favorite
As I started The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, I didn’t have any idea of what it was really about. What I soon found out is that it is a celebration of the deep love between a man and a woman, beginning in their teens through to almost their last breath. The story opens in rural North Carolina, where a teenage girl from a wealthy family meets a local seventeen-year-old boy during a summer vacation. This is Alli and Noah’s story, of the years after that fateful summer, and what happened in their lives. Then there is Alli’s notebook, and so the story continues.
What a great love story from beginning to end. At times I wondered if they would end up together since they are from two different worlds and yet have one connecting soul. With so many roadblocks put in the path of their young love, would they ever be able to find themselves back together as they wind through the maze of life? The story kept me guessing as I was reading the notebook…or who was reading the notebook, I ask? There is society, money, a world war, romance - are they surmountable? An engagement and a new love - which will win? I knew who I was rooting for, but what of the lost love? Skip ahead through the story, with its picturesque swan sightings and the beauty of rural North Carolina. The characters are now old and in a nursing home, one of them with the dreaded Alzheimer’s and the other suffering a stroke. All the while I was wishing they would stay young - irrational, I know.
I loved that by going along in the book with them, we live their lives and meet their children, and suffer some of the pain that life throws at them. I enjoyed how the love of these two individuals shone through all that life had meted out to them. I felt myself taking and holding my breath on that last long walk from room to room. I hoped at each footfall that it would be completed, then with the opening of the door and the figure on the bed, my mind was racing with the possibilities of what was about to happen. Thank you, Nicholas Sparks, I loved this!