Favorite Romantic Read

"I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough."

When I leave this world, the one thing that I will always be most proud of is that I have lived a life of love. "I have loved another with all my heart and soul." This quote is from one of my all time favorite novels by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook. If you are not a book reader, you are lucky in that this book was also made into a movie. The story line is, of course, a bit different in the movie, but still very enjoyable.

The Notebook is a love story. It shows that sometimes love really can last a lifetime. Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson fall in love the summer of 1935. Allie's parents are unhappy with the match. They are from different backgrounds and Allie's parents don't think that Noah is suitable for their daughter. Pulled apart by Allie's parents and World War II they go through many changes, but never forget the love they had for each other. After the war, Noah returns home and buys the house that he and Allie had dreamed of owning some day. He fixes it up just as he promised her he would. Allie in the meantime is engaged to a successful lawyer. She sees an article about Noah and the house he has restored in the paper. Allie knows she must see Noah one more time.

The twist to this story is that the story is being told by an older man to an Alzheimer's patient living in a nursing home who often times doesn't remember him. Every morning, he brings a notebook and reads a romantic story to her in hopes of bringing her back to a lucid state. He tries each and every day and does not give up. The Alzheimer's patient is Allie; Noah's sweetheart.

This romantic story is an emotional roller coaster ride which will make you laugh and cry. It is a heartwarming love story of two souls connected and how even a disease such as Alzheimers cannot break that bond. Nicholas Sparks unfolds the story skillfully by using flashback techniques. The notebook bridges the past and present parts of Noah and Allie's lives. Sparks is creative writer who uses simplicity to make the best of wording. Filled with passion, the love letters are sure to tug at your heartstrings.

I hope you enjoy some of my favorite quotes from this wonderful, romance novel.

"I finally understood what true love meant....love meant that you care for another person's happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be."

"So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me....everyday."

"I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours."

"You are and always have been, my dream."

"We fell in love despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has only happened once, and that's why every minute we spend together has been seared in my memory. I'll never forget a single moment of it."

"You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together."

"You are the answer to every prayer I've offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don't know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have."

"They didn't agree on much. In fact, they didn't agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other every day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other."

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Thank you Dexis. I have seen the movie and it is one of my favorites. I find a lot of times the books are so much better than the movie. It is something I will have to read for sure. Thank you for a great hub.


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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

I've never read the book, but the movie was absolutely wonderful. After reading your excellent review, I might have give the book a whirl too.


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ljmama869 5 years ago

Beautiful hub....love your writing. Thank you.

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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Isn't it great, Sunnie?!? Fantastic love story.

Try the book too, Fay. It's a bit different from the movie, but one that is a forever keeper.

Glad you enjoyed it, ljmama....and thanks for the compliment.

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Oh, it seems I have missed something good here. I haven’t seen the movie nor read the book! Thanks for this excellent review, I love romantic stories and I will definitely read the book.

Voted Up!


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Definite "to do" Tina...and I hope it becomes a favorite :)

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

OK. I admit it, I didn't read the book, I watched the movie! At least 4 times I may add! I am not huge into so called "chick flix" (hope this doesn't offend anyone!), but this is a wonderful story.

Although it is sad, my heart was wrenching throughout the whole movie. What caught my eye and attracted me to read your Hub was the photo and the title; I knew what story you were referencing!

Also, I added a personal reference to this story in a Hub I wrote about my wife. What a beautiful story and a great Hub to follow it! Nice job!


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

JS ~ it is a heart wrenching story once you realize that she has Alzheimers and it is their love story that he reads to her every day. I can't imagine being robbed of my memories. I love this story. I think I love it most because even though the disease has taken her memory and she doesn't often recognize him, he is totally dedicated to her...something every person hopes to find. Doesn't matter how many times I see it!

Your wife is lucky to have a husband who appreciates a good love story.

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What I liked is that you don't really know who wrote it until very late in the story! That made it even better! I can't imagine going through what they went through. I hope that I never have to deal with this, but if I ever do, it will be with love!


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Jisblessed 5 years ago

I haven't read the book, nor seen the movie, this hub makes me want to see it. It's on my next movie night. Thanks!

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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Check back in and let me know how you liked it, Jisblessed.

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ahorseback 5 years ago

I am not a real "chick flick" kind of guy, but this movie struck me, of course ryan gosling was perfect , and of course him as an older man ....perfect. She is the perfect beauty.

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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

I know what you mean, ahorseback. I have watched it many times and each and every time it gets me. Reaffirms that some people are just meant to be together :)

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kipronor 5 years ago from Nairobi

Nice writing

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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Thanks, Kipronor. Your comment on this hub reminded me of how much I love the story "The Notebook"...and how much I've missed writing over the summer. Need to make a little time for it. Take care.

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Yaduvanshi 5 years ago from Bharat Vrse

Very well illustrated with a very good effort and nicely written hub

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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Appreciate the kind words,Yaduvanshi. Thanks for visiting.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for the review. I love reading about Romance. It will give me a break from Danielle Steel too.

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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Thanks for stopping by Lady E. Romance novels are perfect when you just want to relax and read something easy. I'm also a fan of Danielle Steel.

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