Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! For my Valentine’s read, I decided to go with a Nicholas Sparks book entitled, The Wedding.
Publication Date: September 9, 2003
Story Perspective: First-Person
Theme: Family, Love, Marriage, Renewal, Rediscovery, Christianity
Wilson and Jane are approaching their thirtieth anniversary and their love has dwindled over the years. Wilson blames himself for the years of neglect and of working long hours. More than determined than ever, he wishes to regain his love back. But now, he fears his wife is going to leave him, his daughter is getting married, and there always the fear of his father-in-law’s health.
Trying to follow in his father-in-law’s footsteps, Wilson seeks for his advice. His father-in-law is none other than the romantic Noah Calhoun from The Notebook. Can Wilson regain the love of his wife during this stressful part of his life?
Usually, I truly enjoy Nicholas Sparks and the way he approaches romance. One of my favorites is A Walk to Remember, and I was super excited to read this one. As a continuation of The Notebook, I was curious to see what Sparks would do with this second installment. In general, though, there aspects that I loved, liked, and did not enjoy.
I loved a couple of extremely sweet scenes that made me gush with an audible, “aww…”. These scenes unfortunately would spoil some of the book, so I will leave them out, but I did love these romantic scenes. Also, I loved Noah’s character and would love him to be my grandfather! His moments of playfulness and seriousness were well balanced and realistic.
There were parts that I simply enjoyed. I liked how some of the story was realistic. For instance, it’s realistic that a couple who have been married for a few decades can lose their sense of romance and trying to rekindle that can be hard. Also, the theme of family and love were very well portrayed and made me think of my family. Told in Wilson’s perspective, the reader is brought back and forth to the past and present. The transitions between the two were done well, and it helped better understand the marriage between Jane and Wilson.
Then, there were aspects that I found unpleasant. For one, I kept getting some of the names confused with others. This especially happened during the wedding scene when Wilson just names names and I kept questioning – Who was that? What was their role? The other major aspect that I found was lacking was excitement and any form of a climax. It was more a linear read and there wasn’t really any stakes or risks that happened. Perhaps this is the nature of Nicholas Sparks and my interest of these stories has dwindled down, or this might be an exception. I’m not really sure because it’s been a while since I’ve read one of his books, but what I do know is that sometimes I would be happy to pick up this book to read while other times not so much.
Overall, I found this to be a middle-of-the-road story that I’m sure there are plenty who would love it and others not so much.
I would recommend The Wedding to those who enjoy simple love stories and don’t mind reads where excitement level is fairly low key.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
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