Hey Bibliophiles! Like you all, I’m frantically trying to finish my eternally pending TBR (To Be Reviewed) book list, so I’m posting two reviews every day!
My second review for the day is of Nicholas Sparks’ “A Walk To Remember”.
First you will smile, and then you will cry – don’t say you haven’t been warned.
About the book
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 Landon 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…
The relationship between Landon and Jamie is too sweet and beautiful. Initially, Landon ignores her, but a dramatic scene brings them together. Love slowly blossoms between them, and Landon is completely smitten by her. Jamie also loves him, but is scarred to tell her dad, the Baptist Minister of Beaufort (North Carolina), Hegbert Sullivan. Jamie is too simple in her behavior, clothing and social life. Her social life revolves around local orphanage, animal shelter and the church.
Completely opposite to Jamie is Landon. Son of a Congressman, he isn’t fond of his father as he is out of Beaufort for almost a year, living in Washington. He hates him because he isn’t there for Landon. He enjoys partying, and hanging out with his friends. And, he hates Hegbert because he looks old and his sermons are boring, yet he finds some worth remembering.
It was, I remembered thinking, the most difficult walk anyone ever had to make.
The entire story changes drastically when a secret of Jamie gets out, leaving both Landon and Jamie devastated. That secret is sure to break hearts of readers and definitely make them cry. I actually almost cried out when I read that secret, so this book is that emotional in writing.
The factors that make this book shine are simple storyline, easy and straight-forward dialogues, unforgettable characters and a simple narration. Equal dosage of romance, emotions, drama and a pinch of comedy work very well for the book.
This book is the best I’ve read of Sparks. I am really looking forward to be mesmerized by his other works. A Walk to Remember shines brightly with a sweet yet emotional love story between a rich guy and a simple girl.
This book is highly recommended by me, for this book has the power to change our lives and make us all believe in love.
In every way, a walk to remember.