There was a time when the world was sweeter…and something happened to a seventeen-year-old boy that would change his life forever.
It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even claimed to have been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he would fall for was Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the town’s Baptist minister. A quiet girl who carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and volunteered at the local orphanage.
Landon would never have dreamed of asking her out, but a twist of fate threw them together when he found himself without a partner for the school dance. In the months that followed, Landon discovered truths that most people take a lifetime to learn – about the joy of giving, the pain of loss and, most of all, the transforming nature of love. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood…
Firstly I would like to say Nicholas Sparks write the best book boyfriends. I think this is a widely agreed statement. He also writes the saddest books. I have read 3 books by Sparks and I have cried during every single one of them.
I knew the story for this book as I watched the film years ago. Having already watched the film ruined this a bit for me as there was a storyline in the film which did not feature in the book. I was a little saddened by this as, part of this is one of my best memories of the film.
Back to the book, this is a very moving but romantic book. Seeing Landon change so quickly but so deeply and so irrevocably is amazing. Deep down he had the ability to be this wonderful person but the one to see it and bring it out in him was Jamie. Jamie is one of those characters you can’t help but love. She’s so happy despite everything that’s happened to her. She is always thinking of others before herself.
I would recommend this book to all those chick-lit lovers out there but make sure you have a box of tissues handy.