20 Jun 2020


Book Review / A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

There was a time when the world was sweeter...when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats...when something happened to a seventeen-year-old boy that would change his life forever. 

Every April, when the wind blows in from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. A quiet girl who always 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 helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same. 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. No other author today touches our emotions more deeply than Nicholas Sparks.

Illuminating both the strength and the gossamer fragility of our deepest emotions, his two New York Times bestsellers, The Notebook and Message in a Bottle, have established him as the leading author of today's most cherished love stories. Now, in A Walk to Remember, he tells a truly unforgettable story, one that glimmers with all of his magic, holding us spellbound-and reminding us that in life each of us may find one great love, the kind that changes everything...

Published:     1st October 1999
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone

Source:  Owned


It was so good to delve back into this story again.  It feels like it has been ages since I re-read this and other novels by Nicholas Sparks.

What I loved about this story is the realistic romance between Langdon and Jamie.  You have two people who would not have normally met or connected with by choice but due to circumstances out of their control they are brought together and slowly they realise that there is more to their relationship than they had bargained for.  This is such a beautiful story with such a sad underlying story.

Even though I loved this story I did find that reading it so many years after it was first published there were a few references in this story that, to me, felt a bit stereotypical against female characters.  That said, this did not put me off the story as, obviously, this story was not written in current times but back in 1999.

A beautiful story of love and tragedy that I would highly recommend.