Friday, 11 February 2011

The notebook

It is almost Valentine’s Day so I thought I could share one of my favourite love stories; The Notebook. It is a beautiful romantic novel written by Nicholas Sparks in 1996. It is a story of everlasting love and it shows the many obstacles love can go through. But if it’s real than it is worth everything.

The story begins with Noah, an 80 year old man, reading a story from a notebook to a woman in a nursing home. The story takes them back to 1946 to the beautiful town called New Bern, North Carolina. And this is where a beautiful adventure begins, when Noah Calhoun meets a young woman called Allie Nelson. They fell in love very quickly and the summer went by too quickly. But as the summer comes to an end, Allie must move back home and leave Noah behind. Noah is devastated but he refuses to let her go. He writes a letter each day for a year, but with no reply.
Seven years go by without them being in contact with each other but the memories from their summer together are still strong. After Noah’s father dies he decides to restore his plantation-style home, a gorgeous house that gets a picture in the paper. And that is when Allie sees Noah for the first time. He had promised her to restore the house and she could not believe he had actually done it.
They then meet, for the first time since their summer romance, and the memories and feelings are quickly coming back. But of course there are complications. Allie is seeing someone else and her parents don’t want her to be with Noah, a poor farmer boy. Questions of whether they should be together causes troubles and the story from the notebook takes some unexpected turns as the woman in the nursing home is trying to remember what the story is really about.

I absolutely love this book. It is so beautiful, sad and romantic and very well written. I have to admit that the first time I heard about this epic love story was when I saw the film The Notebook. I completely fell in love with it and when I found out it was based on a book I had to read it. The film and the book is actually very different and I found that as I was reading the book I kept comparing it to the film. Usually it is the other way around for me; I compare the film to the book so this was a new experience for me. But I actually love them both. The book is fantastic and if you’re looking for something to read this weekend then I recommend this book.  


  1. This is one of my fav books :)

    Love, Vanilla

  2. It is such a great book. Sometimes you simply need a romantic story =)

  3. I love this book! And movie:-) It's such a beautiful love story. Well written honey!

  4. I love this movie!!! I can only watch it every once in a while because it makes me cry.
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  5. that's a really good book...and the movie makes me cry every time!

  6. This book and movie make me cry every time! So much emotion... I love it... if only I could get my bf to watch it with me!

  7. I watched this film and loved it! Havent read the book, as don't usually do it that way round, i find it hard to read books when i know whats going to happen..
    Thanks for following :) I think i may well follow you too...i realised most of the blogs i follow are american..nothing wrong with that, but nice to find one a bit more local! :)

  8. Johanne - Thank you, sweetie =) I'm glad to hear that you liked it, and that you like the book =)

    Bonnie - It makes me cry too, which is why I also only watch the movie every now end then. It's been a while since I've seen it now though.

    Krystal - I know, it is so sad! But I think that sometimes you need a sad/romantic book/film.

    Twenty.Something - Same here, I cry everytime. I've actually managed to get my bf to see it and he actually liked it. So you should def give that another try.

    Claire - I was the same, wasn't really sure if I wanted to read the book, but it is quite different from the film so I really enjoyed it. You should read it if you ever have the time. And thank you for following back =) That put a smile on my face =)

  9. You know who told me about this book? My husband! When he told me what it was about I started sobbing...just from his description! is such a lovely story!


  10. That is so lovely! And I know, the story is so beautiful and so sad that it makes you cry.

  11. Awww I need to read this, though I think I won't be able to stop the tears. Let's follow each other! :) Have a great weekend, sweetie!


  12. Oh, I love that book! It has been so long since I read it.. may have to read it again!

  13. The Runaway Romantique - You should read it, it's amazing! Yes, let's follow each other, I would like that. =) Have a great weekend =)

    Sarah, Three Boys - I love it too. I think this is a book I can read over and over again and it is still beautiful each time =)

  14. i love this book!!! this got me shedding buckets of tears!!! :(


  15. Ah yes, one of my favorite movies ever. Sadly though, I never read the book. I remember reading one of Nicolas Sparks's books, now what was it called again.... The Wedding? Something like that. I loved it anyhow. :)

  16. Reg Rodriguez - I know, it is so sad yet so beautiful. I cry everytime I see the film, so I don't see it that often.

    Katie - You should read the book, I think it is just as good as the film actually. I haven't read The Wedding, maybe I should =)

  17. Hey! I just stumbled upon your lovely blog and I can say it's great!I just so much love the book ;D It shows what's really important in live!
    Have a look at my blog, please. What about following each other? xoxo Nini

  18. NiNi - Hey and thank you so much for your sweet comment. You are so right, it really shows what's important and that it is important to follow your dreams. I would love to follow each other and I will definitely look at your blog. =)

  19. blogwalking
    I adore the books of Nicholas Sparks
    the story was so romantic and touching
    would you mind to visit my blog? i hope you will and you enjoy my entries :)

    sweets from Bali

  20. Diaswari Predani - Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for leaving such a sweet comment =) I will for sure visit your blog =)

  21. This is one of my favourite movies - so sentimental, it never fails to make me cry. A love like that is truly rare.

  22. It is one of my favourite movies too, I think it is one of the best love stories there is =)


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