Author: Nicholas Sparks
Published: 2000 by Grand Central Publishing (Originally Published in 1999)
Genre: Romance, Adult
Rating: 4 Stars
Read Count: 3
There was a time when the world was sweeter… when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats…Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he’d been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he’d fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town’s Baptist minister… Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart—and the joy and pain of living.
Everyone knows just how sweet a love story A Walk to Remember is...if you don't you need to get with the program and have a book/movie marathon, okay?
In the book, Landon Carter takes us back forty years from 1999 to 1958-1959 Beaufort, North Carolina (proud NC girl right here) where he tells us about how he fell in love with Jamie Sullivan. Being teenagers, most of Beaufort High doesn't understand Jamie, the bible carrying, plain clothes wearing preacher's daughter who doesn't drink or date and likes to spend her time at the local orphanage. Seventeen year-old Landon finds himself needing a date to the dance and after asking every other girl he could, he asks Jamie knowing she helps pretty much anyone that needs it.
Jamie in turn asks Landon for a favor and slowly Landon falls for Jamie as they spend time together rehearsing for Reverend Sullivan's Christmas play. Which of course means he breaks the promise he made to Jamie before the dance...
For a short time Landon and Jamie are happy and in love but eventually Jamie reveals the secret she's been hiding since that summer. I'm sure you know what it is but I won't blab it.Okay, this may give it away but it was just so dang cute I had to post it.
A Walk to Remember is a pretty short read but it has a whole lot of heart, it's a sweet and clean love story, religious (not preachy) and one that will have you crying.Okay, that definitely gives the ending away but oh well.
If you do watch the movie keep in mind it's updated from the '50s version of the book but the story is just as beautiful and it's got Shane West and Mandy Moore who are perfect as Landon and Jamie.
“It wasn't that long, and it certainly wasn't the kind of kiss you see in movies these days, but it was wonderful in its own way, and all I can remember about the moment is that when our lips touched, I knew the memory would last forever.”
“It was, I remembered thinking, the most difficult walk anyone ever had to make. In every way, a walk to remember.”
With over 50 million copies of his books in print, Nicholas Sparks is on of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include seven #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than forty languages. Three of Nicholas Sparks' novels—Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and The Notebook—were also adapted into major motion pictures. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family.