TITLE: Message in a Bottle
AUTHOR: Nicholas Sparks
MY RATING: FIVE HEARTS! (♥♥♥♥♥)
Thrown to the waves, and to fate, the bottle could have ended up anywhere. Instead, it is found just three weeks after it begins its journey. Theresa Osborne, divorced and the mother of a twelve-year-old son, discovers it during a seaside vacation from her job as a Boston newspaper columnist. Inside is a letter that opens with, “My Dearest Catherine, I miss you my darling, as I always do, but today is particularly hard because the ocean has been singing to me, and the song is that of our life together.”
For Garrett, the message is the only way he knows to express his undying love for a woman he has lost. For Theresa, wary of romance since her husband shattered her trust, the message raises questions that intrigue her. Challenged by the mystery, and driven to find Garrett by emotions she does not fully understand, Theresa begins a search that takes her to a sunlit coastal town and an unexpected confrontation. Brought together either by chance or something more powerful, Theresa and Garrett’s lives come together in a tale that resonates with our deepest hopes for finding everlasting love.
“Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina, and is considered as one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 65 million copies in the United States alone.
Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 by Warner Books. He followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember(1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001),Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007),The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), and The Longest Ride (2013), as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoirThree Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His eighteenth novel, See Me, was published on October 13, 2015.”
I love this book!
(Nicholas Sparks’ fan spotted)
Do you believe in destiny?
If you ask me, I would say yes. Because… why not?!
And when I finished reading this book, it only strengthen my belief about destiny.
A heart-warming, sappy book written by none other than – Nicholas Sparks!
Whenever you read Nicholas Sparks’s work, you’ll know immediately that this is very-like HIM. Most people thought that his books mainly involved cheesy, dreamy-sweet-kind-of-guys, happy-endings, and forever-afters.
Some of his write-ups could be sad, tragic, heartrending, and definitely a tear-jerker (it depends on his inspirations). Message in a Bottle is one of the perfect example.
This isn’t just your typical romance novel where two people just fall in love with each other. The story revolves around Garrett Blake, Theresa Osborne, who has both experience ‘lost love’, and finding that love again in each others arms. And of course, let’s not forget the star of the show – a passionate, nostalgic letter inside the fragile bottle. The other important characters are Deanna (Theresa’s BFF), Kevin (Theresa’s son), Catherine (Garett’s lost love), and Jeb Blake (Garett’s father)
“The ocean has been singing to me, and the song is that of our life together…”
ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT IS INSIDE THAT LETTER?
Well, you better read this. And you’ll love it! If you’re into romance novels with a different kind of twist that’ll surprise you, this is the right one. It was inspiring and highly encouraging. As what I have said before, it isn’t just about the love between two people, but it is also about love toward friends, and families. That’s one of the things I liked about Nicholas Sparks, he speaks different kinds of love by writing it into realistic and relatable stories.
WHAT DOES THE BOTTLE HAVE TO DO WITH THE STORY
Simple, the bottle brought them together.
Well, JUST READ IT!
No, just read it!
I like Theresa’s character. Her undying love and passion for taking care of Kevin, are the things that made me admire her. I also like how she managed to raised her son since she’s a single parent. I also like Garrett, not just because of his devotion to his ex-wife, Catherine, but because of his truthful and genuine attitude, just like his well-written letters. I must admit, I fell in love with his love-letters. Most of all, Garrett’s father is the one that I like the most, albeit his few exposures in the book. I learned a lot from his fatherly-advice. I love how he truly care for his son, Garrett, that he’ll do anything just to make him happy. And when Garrett was at his worst, it was his father who always enlightened and guided him.
“If you like her, if she makes you happy, and if you feel like you know her—then don’t let her go.”
Let’s get to the ending part. THE ENDING!
I wasn’t expecting that kind of ending. I was angry with Garrett at first, but then I came to understand the reason behind it (not spoiling). It was a tragic ending, that was all I could say, and I lost it after I read the letters he wrote for Theresa.
It’s so sweet, I can’t even… *sniffs*
And I cried harder when I began to read Theresa’s letter for Garrett. 😦 I have come to learn that Nicholas Sparks’s inspiration were his parents – it’s heartbreaking.
As for the movie adaptation of this book, I haven’t watch it YET. I was planning to, but when I scanned it, I’m quite disappointed because the important scenes that I was looking for, wasn’t the same with the book. They changed the boat’s name, from Happenstance to Catherine. Maybe they did that in order to emphasize Catherine’s role.
“Someday you’ll find someone special again. People who’ve been in love once usually do. It’s in their nature.”
I just learned from this book that it is okay to mourn, it is okay to be sad, it is okay to experience pain, because after all the things we may have lost, there will always be something to look forward to, that it is possible to move on.
Five hearts! ♥