The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks


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After thirty years of marriage, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law of Allie and Noah Calhoun (of The Notebook), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage. Desperate to win back his wife, Jane’s, heart, he must figure out how to make her fall in love with him… again. Despite the shining example of Allie and Noah’s marriage, Wilson is himself a man unable to easily express his emotions. A successful estate attorney, he has provided well for his family, but now, with his daughter’s upcoming wedding, he is forced to face the fact that he and Jane have grown apart and he wonders if she even loves him anymore. Wilson is sure of one thing–his love for his wife has only deepened and intensified over the years. Now, with the memories of his in-laws’ magnificent fifty-year love affair as his guide, Wilson struggles to find his way back into the heart of the woman he adores.

My review

Working to maintain the spark in a relationship? Isn’t that reality? We go from madly in love to losing a little of the spark, to madly in love again and hopefully for the majority of the time feel that beautiful content feeling that we are happy in the lives we lead. Relationships all have ups and downs.

I started reading The Wedding a few years back and didn’t read more than a few pages. Why? I had no idea of the connection between this story and The Notebook. I since picked it up again and am very glad that I did.

I was expecting a typical romance novel, but ended up pleasantly surprised by the way in which the story evolved. The novel centres around Wilson and Jane, son-in-law and daughter of Noah and Allie from The Notebook. The couple have been married for years with grown up children of their own. When Wilson forgets their 29th wedding anniversary he is concerned that his wife has fallend out of love with him. The ways in which Wilson attempts to show the love he has for his wife and make her fall in love with him again is truly beautiful. He ensures that their 30th wedding anniversary will not be forgotten.

The characters in the novel are warm hearted and I enjoyed reading about them and their family. Sparks has again portrayed two characters who dedicate their lives to their love and family in a delightful way. I love that the novel wasn’t about new love, rather a hint of true life and the effort relationships require. Saying I love you is important, but truly showing it in our actions and words is of course, what helps us to keep the spark and feel true love in the extraordinary and ordinary moments. An easy and enjoyable read.


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