Throwback Thursday

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Throwback Thursday – this is the time each week to recognize those older books… post about an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe post about one from your childhood, or use this to review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take the icon and use it on your blog!

This week’s Throwback is: Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks


In 1996 The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks captured the hearts and imaginations of readers around the world. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and was the No. 1 bestselling hardcover fiction title of 1997.

Message in a Bottle, Nicholas Sparks's eagerly anticipated second novel, proves that this author can uncork the magic again. The film industry caught on to the buzz immediately. Warner Brothers snapped up movie rights within 12 hours of submission, and Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, and Paul Newman will star in the film.

The book is a heart-wrenching tale of self-discovery, renewal, and the courage it takes to love again. Teresa Osborne, a 36-year-old single mother, finds a bottle washed up on a Cape Cod beach. The scrolled-up message inside is a passionate love letter written by a heartbroken man named Garrett who is grieving over "his darling Catherine." Teresa is so moved by the stranger's poignant words that she vows to find the penman and publishes the letter in her syndicated Boston newspaper column. Questions linger in her mind and heart: Who is Garrett? Who is Catherine? What is their story? And most importantly, why did this bottle find its way to her?

Imagining that Garrett is the type of man she has always been seeking, Teresa sets out on an impulsive, hope-filled search. Her journey, her discovery, and the wisdom gained from this voyage of self-discovery changes her life forever. Love's unimaginable strength as well as its tremendous fragility echoes on each page of Sparks's newest gem.

I didn't do a lot of reading for pleasure until after college, but I did read this back in high school around the time it came out. I loved this book and thought Nicholas Sparks was the best author for writing such an amazing story. I liked the books he wrote after this but after a while they stopped being so great. I havent' read the last 4 or 5 that he's released (including the memoir). For those of you who have, are they worth reading? Now that I have 300 books on my TBR and am still reading other books, lol! I think I will always keep a copy of this book.


bookjourney said...

This was such a good read and I am not a big Sparks fan. (I find him too predictable)

jennala9 said...

I actually do too, which is why I haven't read any of his in a while. But I loved this one!

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