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The Wish Audio CD – Unabridged, 28 September 2021
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From the author of The Longest Ride and The Return comes a novel about the enduring legacy of first love and the decisions that haunt us forever.
The year 1996 changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina's Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind--until she met Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island.
Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce showed her how much there was to love about the wind-swept beach town and introduced her to photography, a passion that would define the rest of her life.
In 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.
As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier--and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.
"Sparks is a poet . . . a master."-- "Philadelphia Inquirer, praise for the author"
About the Author
With over ninety-five million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #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 fifty languages. Nine of Nicholas Sparks's novels--The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle--were also adapted into major motion pictures. In 2011, he founded the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students' lives though education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go to www.NicholasSparksFoundation.org. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him at www.NicholasSparks.com.
Will Collyer, an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a film, television, and stage actor. He has starred in television shows such as Melrose Place, Charmed, CSI: Miami, and Boston Public, as well as numerous films and plays. He holds a BA in theater arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (28 September 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 154919383X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549193835
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.27 x 17.15 cm
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This book is a tale of young love but with a sadness underlining it! I almost shed tears! But I was able to hold them back!
Landon is a 17 year old boy who needs some extracurricular activities on his application for university so he becomes the student body president and with this comes the tasks of setting up school dances and so on. But of course you need to make a good example and bring a date! So Landon goes through the year book to find one. The only one that he can really decide on is Jamie Sullivan. The Baptist's daughter.
Jamie is shy and reclusive and carries a bible with her everywhere she goes! She is a sweet girl who loves to help! But people think she is a bit strange!
This is where their journey begins. The school play is coming up and Jamie is going to be the star and she needs someone to be her co star. Landon becomes this co star and because of this they start spending more time together. Slowly a relationship starts to form.
And Landon realised he is in love! He is growing up. But unfortunately at 17 Jamie and Landon are given the biggest test of their lives. With trust and each other Jamie makes Landon believe in God and faith. Their journey is short but so sweet. To understand what exactly I'm talking about you will have to read the book yourself but it is truly a walk to remember!
While I still enjoyed it, I can’t say it was held in the same regard. I’d forgotten the feeling of preachiness along with its abrupt ending that I felt could of had more emotional resonance if Nicholas Sparks had let it develop past the titles namesake. But that is just my opinion (now somewhat more mature).
The reaction of townsfolk to Jamie’s news nearly ruined it for me though. I’ve gone through that same experience and felt that situation in the novel was too generalised – as was Jamie’s character. She was too goody-two-shoes and I found it difficult to relate to her. I was hoping for some character flaw or insecurity to have me rooting for her. Then, consequently the dramatic response of others towards Jamie (especially near the end of the novel) felt like overkill – and too much of a blanket response. You get such mixed reactions from the population in general, and that was overlooked here. I feel it was a missed opportunity to elevate tension and get a bigger pay-off at the climax.
Our other main character – Landon is what kept me enticed. His voice subtly changes through each chapter and is easily relatable and realistic. For a romance novel, he definitely takes the cake for making me swoon. Tenacious and strong but with an adolescent vulnerability that had him faltering along his path. I‘d love a good character arc! I would recommend this book for Landon Carter alone. *woof!*
At the conclusion of the novel I was still wishing for a little more – more of the story, more about the cast. It was hauntingly beautiful, but cut off my need to indulge in the burgeoning relationships.
I love the characterisation and symbolism in the novel – it’s beautiful and poignant. It jumped the line of a YA novel with an immature voice, to something much more mature and soulful. That did pull me from the narrative at times, but did not distract from my experience of A Walk to Remember.
I loved the movie version of this story much better – the symbolism was re-interpreted, but the characters felt more realistic and the story almost ethereal. And I definitely got more of ‘the feels’ from the movie than I did from the book. If you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember is a definite staple in his collection, however I’d recommend the film over the novel any day…
Top reviews from other countries
Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High, when it was 1958, and there is a lot of telling instead of showing, but it doesn’t make me love the book less. It is an easy read, and it's impossible not to care about the characters and get carried away.
Jamie Sullivan is the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. She’s a quiet girl who always carries a Bible with her schoolbooks. She takes care of her widowed father, rescues hurt animals, and helps out at the local orphanage. She is kind and selfless.
Landon Carter, however, is very different. He is the son of a congressman who is rarely around, and a rich kid who mixes with the cool kids. He also litters at the cemetery and is sort of a bad boy.
When Landon finds himself without a date for the homecoming dance, he thinks Jamie is his only option. He doesn’t care for her at all, his friends make fun of her because of the way she is, looks, and dresses, yet … it’s better to go with Jamie than without a date. Jamie agrees with one condition—he can’t fall in love with her. Jamie says that because in fact she's hiding a secret that would leave both devastated if a romance developed between them.
I had an issue here. I didn’t find believable that the rich guy who mixes with other popular students wouldn’t find a date, but I got past that, and still give it 5 stars. It is really a beautiful, heart-touching and inspiring story, and it had me in tears by the end.
I think that this could have been so much better, I was quite dissatisfied, there was so much build up and then quickly delivering the two final plots, it didn't feel right.
I have to say I wouldn't recommend it, I really don't think you're missing out.
My wife read this first and cried copious tears. She thought that it perhaps was too sensitively emotional for my taste. I gave it a go and could not put it down. Sure it is weepy and sad, but it is so well written that a defy anyone, even crusty old codgers like me, not to fall in love with Jamie and rejoice in the ending. There are many lessons to be learned from this 240 page fine read.
The prose was beautful, the build up and pay off amazing and I don't think I could fault it for anything. It was clear from the get go that the author really cared deeply about this work and wanted to share the aspiring message to us all. I truly loved this story that grew on me slowly but what I believe will have a lasting impact. Well done, is all I can say to him. Simply well done.