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On a beach, Boston journalist Theresa Osborne finds a bottle thrown up by the sea with a love letter from a man to his dead wife. Theresa, a divorcee searching for love, is so moved by it she tracks the man to his yacht in North Carolina and a romance follows.


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On a beach, Boston journalist Theresa Osborne finds a bottle thrown up by the sea with a love letter from a man to his dead wife. Theresa, a divorcee searching for love, is so moved by it she tracks the man to his yacht in North Carolina and a romance follows.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    For those of you (like me) who have seen the movie of the same name starring Kevin Costner, the end of this novel will come as no surprise. I knew what I was getting in for when I started this book and kept the tissues well-stocked. In fact, I had to stop reading it on the bus for fear of crying in public. Instead of going into a detailed review, I'd like to share with you an excerpt of an interview Nicholas Sparks did with the NY Times after writing this novel. He shares his inspiration but I ha For those of you (like me) who have seen the movie of the same name starring Kevin Costner, the end of this novel will come as no surprise. I knew what I was getting in for when I started this book and kept the tissues well-stocked. In fact, I had to stop reading it on the bus for fear of crying in public. Instead of going into a detailed review, I'd like to share with you an excerpt of an interview Nicholas Sparks did with the NY Times after writing this novel. He shares his inspiration but I have to warn you, it is gut wrenching... "Message in a Bottle was inspired by my father after the death of my mother. In 1989, six weeks after I was married, my mother and father went horseback riding. They were avid riders and very comfortable on horses, and were simply walking the horses along a scenic trail. For a reason that no one can explain -- we assume it was the horse, a rather skittish Arabian -- my mom fell out of the saddle, off the horse, hit her head on a rock, had a cerebral hemorrhage and died. My mother and father had married at the age of twenty-one and my father was absolutely crushed by her death. They'd been married twenty-seven years and my father didn't have the slightest idea of what it meant to be a grown-up without my mom. A lot of people wear black to a funeral. My father wore black every day for four years. He pretty much became a recluse. He pulled away from his family and friends, he stopped going out, he stopped doing pretty much everything. All he did was go to work and back home again. It was heart-breaking to watch. After four long years of worrying about him, my father finally started taking baby steps out in the world again. He started reconnecting with family and friends, eventually he started to date again -- think more years passing -- eventually he met someone in particular, eventually he fell in love again. And then one day, about seven years after my mom had died, I got a call from my father. "I'm engaged," he said. Now, I was happy about that, not because I didn't care about my mom -- I adored her -- but because I'd been so worried about my father. Kids worry about their parents the same way parents worry about their kids, and I was glad that he'd finally found someone. Two days after that phone call, my father was driving home late one night, fell asleep at the wheel of his car, crashed, and died . . ." Is it better to have loved and lost then never loved at all? Nicholas Sparks says yes and after reading Message in a Bottle, I'm inclined to agree. PS It's 100% just as good as the movie. Promise.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    Second chances, Sometimes you never know if your given the blessing of having love a 2nd time only to loose it again. This book inspires you to look at life differently and appreciate what you have before it is taken away from you! The small things become those that you treasure the most. I finished this the night. Thank you for this emotional loving book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay, so it's been years since I read this book. I read it based on people telling me Nicholas Sparks was this amazing author. AND, I knew they had made a movie off of the book, and any time they do that, the book is always super good, right? TOTALLY WRONG! I remember it was one of the dumbest books ever. None of the storyline was very logical, and at the end, the main character dies, leaving you saying, "WHAT THE CRAPPITY CRAP?! HOW CAN YOU KILL OFF THE LOVER IN A LOVE STORY?" I suppose that wa Okay, so it's been years since I read this book. I read it based on people telling me Nicholas Sparks was this amazing author. AND, I knew they had made a movie off of the book, and any time they do that, the book is always super good, right? TOTALLY WRONG! I remember it was one of the dumbest books ever. None of the storyline was very logical, and at the end, the main character dies, leaving you saying, "WHAT THE CRAPPITY CRAP?! HOW CAN YOU KILL OFF THE LOVER IN A LOVE STORY?" I suppose that was supposed to make it even more deep or something, but it just bugged me. I want a happily ever after, dang it! My eyeballs feel they wasted precious minutes of their life being forced to read this book. I had to apologize to them many times afterwards.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Message in a Bottle, Nicholas Sparks Message in a Bottle is the second romance novel written by American author Nicholas Sparks. The story, which explores the romance theme of love after grief, is set in the mid-late 1990s, then-contemporary Wilmington, North Carolina. The 1999 film Message in a Bottle produced by and starring Kevin Costner, is based on this novel. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ششم ماه نوامبر سال 2015 میلادی عنوان: پیامی در بطری؛ نویسنده: نیکولاس اسپارکس؛ برگردان: ارمغان جزایری؛ مشخصات نشر: Message in a Bottle, Nicholas Sparks Message in a Bottle is the second romance novel written by American author Nicholas Sparks. The story, which explores the romance theme of love after grief, is set in the mid-late 1990s, then-contemporary Wilmington, North Carolina. The 1999 film Message in a Bottle produced by and starring Kevin Costner, is based on this novel. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ششم ماه نوامبر سال 2015 میلادی عنوان: پیامی در بطری؛ نویسنده: نیکولاس اسپارکس؛ برگردان: ارمغان جزایری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، البرز، 1378، در 317 ص، شابک: 9644422295؛ چاپ قبلی کتاب با ترجمه نفیسه معتکف در 390 ص، توسط انتشارت لیوسا، با شابک: 9645634083؛ منتشر شده است؛ موضوع: داستانهای امریکایی قرن 20 م پیامی در بطری؛ حدیث جدال با سرنوشت دو انسان سرگشته است. گارت غمگنانه پیام عشق و دلدادگی جاودانه خود به همسرش کاترین را در بطری‌هایی به آب می‌سپارد؛ همسرش سه سال پیشتر در تصادفی جان باخته است. فرسنگ‌ها آنسوتر، ترزا زنی که می‌کوشد زندگی خویش را وقف تنها فرزندش نماید؛ یکی از بطری‌ها را می‌یابد. ترزا مقاله‌ نویس است و خیانت همسرش سبب جدایی از او شده. ترزا پس از خواندن نامه و پی بردن به عشق بی‌آلایش نویسنده‌ اش، آن را در روزنامه چاپ می‌کند. عده‌ ای از خوانندگان طی تماس با دفتر روزنامه می‌گویند که آنها نیز نامه‌ هایی مشابه و با همین مضمون دریافت کرده‌ اند... و؛ ا. شربیانی

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I bought this book used for fifty cents at a book sale. I'm glad I didn't spend more money on it. What a disappointment. It dragged pretty much through the entire book & then BLAM, the end SUCKED so hard it just pissed me off & any good feelings I'd had from this book were quickly forgotten.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mahdi Lotfi

    پیامی در بطری داستانی است که باور ما را در مورد سرنوشت تقویت میکند که عاشقان راستین بیتوجه به زمان و مکان میتوانند یکدیگر را بیابند. ترزا، روزنامه نگار، بطری دربسته ای حاوی نامه ای عاشقانه در ساحل پیدا می کند که باعث می شود مسیر زندگی اش به کلی تغییر کند. او نامه را می خواند: کاترین عزیزم، دلم برایت تنگ است. همیشه دلتنگم، اما امروز از همیشه بدترم؛ زیرا دریا نغمه سرایی می کند و آواز سر می دهد که زندگی من به تو بسته است... پیامی در بطری داستانی است که باور ما را در مورد سرنوشت تقویت می‌کند که عاشقان راستین بی‌توجه به زمان و مکان می‌توانند یکدیگر را بیابند. ترزا، روزنامه نگار، بطری دربسته ای حاوی نامه ای عاشقانه در ساحل پیدا می کند که باعث می شود مسیر زندگی اش به کلی تغییر کند. او نامه را می خواند: کاترین عزیزم، دلم برایت تنگ است. همیشه دلتنگم، اما امروز از همیشه بدترم؛ زیرا دریا نغمه سرایی می کند و آواز سر می دهد که زندگی من به تو بسته است...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lenore

    This is making my brain hurt. No more. DNF at about 60%.

  8. 5 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    If you thought "The Notebook" was a tearjerker, then get ready to have a hanky on hand and be on an emotional rollercoaster ride with Sparks's second star-crossed love story, "Message in a Bottle". When Theresa Osborne takes a much-needed summer holiday at Cape Cod, she finds a lot more than a break from the hustle and bustle. On an early-morning jog along Cape Cod Bay, she comes across a corked bottle with a scrolled-up message inside that reads, "My Dearest Catherine, I miss you." Subsequent p If you thought "The Notebook" was a tearjerker, then get ready to have a hanky on hand and be on an emotional rollercoaster ride with Sparks's second star-crossed love story, "Message in a Bottle". When Theresa Osborne takes a much-needed summer holiday at Cape Cod, she finds a lot more than a break from the hustle and bustle. On an early-morning jog along Cape Cod Bay, she comes across a corked bottle with a scrolled-up message inside that reads, "My Dearest Catherine, I miss you." Subsequent publication of the poignant missive in her column turns up two more letters, found by others, from the same mysterious writer, Garrett Blake. Piqued, Theresa follows the trail to North Carolina, where she discovers that Garrett has been mourning his late wife for three years; writing the sea-borne messages is his only solace. Theresa also finds that Garrett just might be ready to love again and that she might be the woman for him. There are few surprises here as we watch the couple learn to love in Catherine's slowly waning shadow. "Someday you'll find someone special again. People who've been in love once usually do. It's in their nature." The struggle Garrett has to forget his past and look at the future allows many readers to relate to Garrett. The fact that Garrett conquers himself may give people hope to win their own battles. "Do you really think it's possible if we don't see each other very much? When would I get to hold you? When would I be able to see your face? If we only see each other once in a while, we won't be able to do the things that we need to... to continue feeling the way we do. Every time we saw each other, we'd know it's only for a couple of days. There wouldn't be time for anything to grow." The story relates to the inner romantic in us--whether you choose to admit it or not. It's a real tearjerker--you can't help but wish you'd also be swept up in a love like this. On the whole, it's a compassionate story of a person looking for love, meeting a person who never thought he would find love again. The relationship between Theresa and Garrett is natural and relatable; just get ready for the tears to flow when you read the ending. Book Details: Title Message in a Bottle Author Nicholas Sparks Reviewed By Purplycookie

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan Peet

    Since I don't really have time and don't want to write a detailed review, I'll just say a few things... 1. I didn't really like this book as much as some of Sparks' other novels. I'm not sure why... 2. I would give this book three and a half stars, still, because it was still good. 3. One thing that really bugs me is that i almost feel like Sparks thinks he needs to write an explicit sex scene to sell something. Out of all his books that I know of, A Walk To Remember is his only one thr doesn't. Since I don't really have time and don't want to write a detailed review, I'll just say a few things... 1. I didn't really like this book as much as some of Sparks' other novels. I'm not sure why... 2. I would give this book three and a half stars, still, because it was still good. 3. One thing that really bugs me is that i almost feel like Sparks thinks he needs to write an explicit sex scene to sell something. Out of all his books that I know of, A Walk To Remember is his only one thr doesn't. You don't need sex to be in love. And especially not in such detail. But I guess some people like it. 4. Another thing I'm rather tired of is that his characters seem to fall in love after only a few days! That'd not enough to build a relationship on! Don't get me wrong, I still love his novels. That's just not realistic. Well, that's just in my humble opinion, which everyone is entitled to. I'm sure that some of you have different opinions, and I'd love to hear how you feel! Oh, a P.S. to those of you who dislike Sparks' books because they don't have "happy endings": get over it. It's life. Not everything is always roses and weddings, okay?

  10. 4 out of 5

    DJ

    Read this book while vacationing in Cancun in 1998. Read the final page watching the dawn on the beach. Perfect experience! If I remember correctly, it was one of my favorite books during that time. The book made me compelled to write a letter and throw it out to sea, which I never did. It's a heartfelt story that should be read. However, it's not memorable because after all of these years, I am not interested in reading it again. It's a one-time-good-book read. If you like Sparks's writing, the Read this book while vacationing in Cancun in 1998. Read the final page watching the dawn on the beach. Perfect experience! If I remember correctly, it was one of my favorite books during that time. The book made me compelled to write a letter and throw it out to sea, which I never did. It's a heartfelt story that should be read. However, it's not memorable because after all of these years, I am not interested in reading it again. It's a one-time-good-book read. If you like Sparks's writing, then I highly recommend this book. If you enjoy stories about how two people don't know about each other, but it's fate that they should be together, get this book. If you're into sappy love stories, get this book. Otherwise, don't. :-)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Em

    Message in a Bottle is the first Nicholas Sparks novel that I have read. I was in high school back then and my mum received a copy of it few years after it was released. I read it for myself and instantly fell in love with the story. Until today, I consider it as one of the best novels of Sparks. I can still remember how I passionately copy by hand and read over and over again the letters of Garrett to Catherine. As young as 13, I discovered my love of the written language through this unforgetta Message in a Bottle is the first Nicholas Sparks novel that I have read. I was in high school back then and my mum received a copy of it few years after it was released. I read it for myself and instantly fell in love with the story. Until today, I consider it as one of the best novels of Sparks. I can still remember how I passionately copy by hand and read over and over again the letters of Garrett to Catherine. As young as 13, I discovered my love of the written language through this unforgettable tale. Garrett grieved over the death of his wife, Catherine. As a way of release, he put into words his sadness by writing love letters addressed to his late wife, place them in a bottle and throw them to drift out in the sea. The love letter traveled from North Carolina to the shore of Boston, where Theresa, a divorcée, found it and instantly got interested to find out who Garrett and Catherine are, guided by the feelings that she could not explain. Her determination to find the details brought her to North Carolina where she and Garrett met, and eventually fell in love, the latter unaware of Theresa’s knowledge of the letters. The day came when Garrett discovered the letters in Theresa’s possession. Confrontations and doubts arose and eventually their love was tested. However, everything was resolved and fell into place. They decided that what they have spells forever. Unfortunately, the story had a tragic ending. They decided to be together, but the heavens tore them apart. Tragic as it is, Message in a Bottle remains to be one of the best loved creations of Nicholas Sparks. http://flipthrough.wordpress.com/2010...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurelina

    Just like many, if not most, the movie did NOT do justice to this book. Nicholas Sparks wrote a very detailed, vivid story of Theresa and how she found Garrett through clues in the letters that eventually were found offshore. The difference lies in that the characters described in the book were more human, they were much more flawed, but definitely real. The movie portraied Garrett as a victim of the circumstances that was lied to and that somehow did not have any say in what occurred. It also p Just like many, if not most, the movie did NOT do justice to this book. Nicholas Sparks wrote a very detailed, vivid story of Theresa and how she found Garrett through clues in the letters that eventually were found offshore. The difference lies in that the characters described in the book were more human, they were much more flawed, but definitely real. The movie portraied Garrett as a victim of the circumstances that was lied to and that somehow did not have any say in what occurred. It also projected Theresa as someone that was easily thrown into searching for Garrett for the purpose of "knowing what kind of person would right romantic letters," which seems like a lame excuse. I mean, realistically speaking, how many people would go out of their way to seek, find and become intimate with, the author of a romantic letter? One of the most interesting descriptions is that Theresa later finds herself in the same situation she found Garrett in when they first met, and did not understand.... a lesson embeded everyday life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chana

    Written in a very simplistic way, one story line, nothing going on but the conversation or action currently on the page. I can see how it could easily be made into a movie as it is very low on content and high in maudlin emotion. Being a romance it has to have some silly language, in this case the overuse of the word "tightening". Take this line, "The breeze was blowing through her hair, and the sight of it made something tighten in his stomach." If that isn't enough to get you giggling, take th Written in a very simplistic way, one story line, nothing going on but the conversation or action currently on the page. I can see how it could easily be made into a movie as it is very low on content and high in maudlin emotion. Being a romance it has to have some silly language, in this case the overuse of the word "tightening". Take this line, "The breeze was blowing through her hair, and the sight of it made something tighten in his stomach." If that isn't enough to get you giggling, take these lines, "There was something mysterious and different about the way he acted, something masculine. And that made him unlike anyone she'd ever met before." Am I the only one who thinks this is funny? Despite myself, I've been eyeing corked bottles. Should I send a message in a bottle?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Delyana Naydenova

    интересен обрат..

  15. 5 out of 5

    Grecia Robles

    Hace mucho que leí este libro que digo mucho muchísimo era de mis primeros libros de romántica que leía y no recuerdo mucho sólo lo de la botella y el mensaje que me gustó pero el final fue horrible me dejó con una sensación horrible de vacío por eso JAMÁS le volví a dar otra oportunidad a Nicholas Sparks, sólo a sus adaptaciones de las películas que me parecen mejores que sus libros jajaja

  16. 4 out of 5

    Serafim Silva

    Género de livros que não consigo gostar.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tạ Hương

    Two questions: Why does an experienced, professional diver neglect to wear his effing life jacket on a journey that is known to be later than usual, with a storm that is known to be approaching? and, How can Garrett write Catherine a line such as, "Before we came together, I moved through life without meaning, without reason. I know that somehow, every step I took since the moment I could walk was a step toward finding you." when they have known and loved each other since (at least) third grade? Tho Two questions: Why does an experienced, professional diver neglect to wear his effing life jacket on a journey that is known to be later than usual, with a storm that is known to be approaching? and, How can Garrett write Catherine a line such as, "Before we came together, I moved through life without meaning, without reason. I know that somehow, every step I took since the moment I could walk was a step toward finding you." when they have known and loved each other since (at least) third grade? Those are not irrelevant trivialities, but typical illustrations as to why I don't read romances which are mere romances with clichéd and unrealistic turns of phrases and events lazily thrown together in an attempt to push as many tear-jerking buttons as possible. On a really irrelevant note, I finished the book and turned to the dedication to see that "Catherine" and "Theresa" are the names of Sparks' wife and agent. Ew.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I resisted reading this book for a long time because the movie is one of my favorites. There were differences that, at first, I found difficult, but I got over that without much effort. Having just struggled through a long difficult read of David Copperfield, this read was smooth and easy and fast. I am a very emotional person and that emotion seems to be more readily let loose now that I admit to getting old. I have always been emotional and have never been shamed by letting others see that emot I resisted reading this book for a long time because the movie is one of my favorites. There were differences that, at first, I found difficult, but I got over that without much effort. Having just struggled through a long difficult read of David Copperfield, this read was smooth and easy and fast. I am a very emotional person and that emotion seems to be more readily let loose now that I admit to getting old. I have always been emotional and have never been shamed by letting others see that emotion. This book caused the tears to flow more than once. Many who read much also write, and I am no exception. I may never get published, because I'm beginning to realize that I really have no burning desire. I write because I enjoy writing. As I read this book, it became clear to me that as I read Nicholas Sparks' words that his style is quite similar to mine. Unless you are one of a handful who have read my story Beach Week.....you'll just have to take my word for that.......mgc

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anuradha

    Listen to this instead. Much better Message in a Bottle

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bilal Taibzada

    okay the old bilal is gone(hes dead i killed him......your welcome) now me the new bilal is more serious than the old one(could u please stop laughing at my reviews) message in a bottle is one of the best books ive ever read these are the main characters Theresa Osborne This character works as a columnist for the Boston Times, is recently divorced, and raised her 12 year old son mostly on her own.(main character) Garrett Blake This character writes letters to his deceased wife.(main character) Kevin Osb okay the old bilal is gone(hes dead i killed him......your welcome) now me the new bilal is more serious than the old one(could u please stop laughing at my reviews) message in a bottle is one of the best books ive ever read these are the main characters Theresa Osborne This character works as a columnist for the Boston Times, is recently divorced, and raised her 12 year old son mostly on her own.(main character) Garrett Blake This character writes letters to his deceased wife.(main character) Kevin Osborne This character is thirteen years old, highly athletic, and enjoys playing soccer. Deanna This is an editor at the Boston Times and the main character's best friend. Brian This is the spouse of the main character's best friend, who works as an accountant and enjoys golfing as a hobby. Jeb Blake This character lost his wife to cancer twenty years previous and kept himself busy by working on a shrimp boat and raising his son. Catherine Blake This wife of the letter writer and had known her husband since they were children. Review: Nicholas sparks you son of ........ you set me up didn't you guys this guy here wanted to make me cry bu Ha I didn't cry (though i finished it last night and couldn't sleep all night) so the story starts with this woman called Theresa she's divorced and she raising a 12 year old son(Kevin) she hates all men women.....gay people and when shes jogging one morning she finds a bottle when she opens it she finds a letter she really likes the later and wants to meet Garrett the guy who sent the message to Catherine (wife who died) the whole story is pretty good Nicholas sparks did a good job detailing everything and linking them all(you deserve a candy bar) but the plot twist in the end though in the beginning of chapter 12 you'd be thinking that everything's solved between them and its a happy ending but wait....... Nicholas sparks never has good endings and at the end of the chapter you'd be mind blown i don't know why it has a bad review(kind of,not really)but i liked it so you guys should read it too

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    After finishing Message in a Bottle, I am completely speechless. I was unable to put the book down and so eager to continue to learn what will happen next. Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author and after reading this book, I'd say this is his most touching novel I've read so far. A woman, Theresa, is recovering from a divorce. One day, while she was on the beach, she finds something that'll change her life forever. She sees a bottle with something inside--it's a letter. She reads it and tears be After finishing Message in a Bottle, I am completely speechless. I was unable to put the book down and so eager to continue to learn what will happen next. Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author and after reading this book, I'd say this is his most touching novel I've read so far. A woman, Theresa, is recovering from a divorce. One day, while she was on the beach, she finds something that'll change her life forever. She sees a bottle with something inside--it's a letter. She reads it and tears begin to fall because the person who wrote this letter really loved his significant other. This someone was Garrett. After many events, Theresa and Garrett meet and they develop something so beautiful. Theresa is falling for Garrett but she's still protecting herself from getting hurt because she knows Garrett isn't over his wife, Catherine, who died 3 years ago. Theresa had 3 letters Garrett wrote and he found them. They end up having a big argument and Garrett leaves. Theresa went down and they decided to end their relationship because things aren't working out. Sparks writes in 3rd person omniscient and readers can see that they both don't want to end like this. The ending is the best part and you'll have to read it to feel it. This novel has emphasized how important your significant other is, how it'll feel to loose them, but most importantly, to always keep and love them with all your heart. Nicholas Sparks was able to make me see another side of love. I'd recommend this book to everyone because it's a really great book. This book was powerful enough to make me tear up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Salman Tariq

    Letters , the thing fascinating about love letters is the marks; deep and long lasting , it leaves not only upon reader's mind but on writer's too . The pain of writing is greater even when inked with love , tender love. I have been found of writing letters like this , though i gave a failed attempt . When i came across the name of the book, it was a perfect treat . " note book " is the book for which author is quiet famous for. But this novel is different from typical love stories. Single mot Letters , the thing fascinating about love letters is the marks; deep and long lasting , it leaves not only upon reader's mind but on writer's too . The pain of writing is greater even when inked with love , tender love. I have been found of writing letters like this , though i gave a failed attempt . When i came across the name of the book, it was a perfect treat . " note book " is the book for which author is quiet famous for. But this novel is different from typical love stories. Single mother in mid life crisis finds a letter enclosed in a bottle at the sea. Her eagerness to find the writer leads her fall for him. She is hesitant of accepting the love , as fear of loosing fills the distance between her place (Boston) to his (Wilmington). A must read for teenagers to have insight what it like to be "moving on" with life when someone leaves us when love is needed the most.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)

    I remember reading this book a long time ago and I suddenly started to remember it today. I remember that it made my heart ache, and it made me cry so much. Nicholas Sparks does have a way with his stories and I am glad that I gave him a try once upon a time. The ending was extremely sad... so if you're into romances with happy endings, I don't think this book is for you. But if you're into romances with heartbreaking moments and an ending that will have your heart cry out, then you should defin I remember reading this book a long time ago and I suddenly started to remember it today. I remember that it made my heart ache, and it made me cry so much. Nicholas Sparks does have a way with his stories and I am glad that I gave him a try once upon a time. The ending was extremely sad... so if you're into romances with happy endings, I don't think this book is for you. But if you're into romances with heartbreaking moments and an ending that will have your heart cry out, then you should definitely try this book out. I'm probably going to try to re-read this one again, just for a more thorough review, so be right back with this one!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shreya Kashyap

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The plot was good I think but the book in totality lacked the cohesion or fluidity. I am no fan of his way of writing, but if you've got it, you can read it in a stretch lying down, under a table-lamp before going to sleep. The novel starts as it does, but the urgency in Deanna’s character forcing Theresa to go meet Garrett and see if he is the love of her life looks sad and bad. The Garrett person is already in pains and to go down there, meet him for your own gains is very selfish. Then, their The plot was good I think but the book in totality lacked the cohesion or fluidity. I am no fan of his way of writing, but if you've got it, you can read it in a stretch lying down, under a table-lamp before going to sleep. The novel starts as it does, but the urgency in Deanna’s character forcing Theresa to go meet Garrett and see if he is the love of her life looks sad and bad. The Garrett person is already in pains and to go down there, meet him for your own gains is very selfish. Then, their experiences together, their so immediately falling in love with each other felt unreal because it appeared that the chances of everything falling in place so soon does not happen so easily in real lives. Garrett who couldn’t think of anything without Catherine in his minds suddenly steered in path of finding of love again in his life is just fictitious. I don’t deny the possibility but it was a bit tacky. Rather, the inabilities of Garrett fighting his feelings for Catherine and Theresa simultaneously later have been displayed aggressively. I got bored with it while Garrett and Theresa were trying to figure out their lives together, how they wanted to live their lives. It got way too descriptive and even then Garrett was showed to have not thought of everything in anticipation when he asked Theresa to move to Wilmington. Frankly, I was worried I was not getting tears in my eyes until the last. Yeah, this novel will bring tears in your eyes. I didn’t like the climax. It felt like even God was willing to skip on dealing with the complications in people’s lives and it was easier to remove him from her life. But, the sequences of actions enveloping the climax were adequately written. The last letter to Catherine to make it reach Europe made it a bit cheesy but okay, another for Theresa to forgive him. Truthfully, the letter he wrote to Theresa sounded the best of all and what she had written to him in the last owing to moving on welled up my eyes. I don’t know if it was intentional but I liked the way she signed her letter ‘T’ and not Theresa so that even if anyone found out about it, they wouldn’t know who the sender was and she wouldn’t be caught in the vicious circle of what she had created when she went to contact him.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erica Odell

    This is my first Nicholas Sparks book and it's exactly what I expected, a chick lit romance. Which is fine, because that's what I was looking for. Reasons I enjoyed the read.. 1. I seem to enjoy books that feel like fate or destiny. It gives a magical feel to the book. When events occur because the universe, something beyond our control willed it to happen. Sparks does this when Theresa finds that message in a bottle. A love letter that is so powerful that you cannot ignore it after you've read i This is my first Nicholas Sparks book and it's exactly what I expected, a chick lit romance. Which is fine, because that's what I was looking for. Reasons I enjoyed the read.. 1. I seem to enjoy books that feel like fate or destiny. It gives a magical feel to the book. When events occur because the universe, something beyond our control willed it to happen. Sparks does this when Theresa finds that message in a bottle. A love letter that is so powerful that you cannot ignore it after you've read it. A letter that is from the heart and soul bearing. This letter leads her to an adventure she has been craving and a love that she has been yearning for. A message in a bottle that sailed the waves of the ocean to end up to the right reader at the right time. 2. It was realistic. Obviously a message in a bottle that brings people together seems unlikely, however the story felt believable. Plus don't you want that in a romance? Life is messy and when books portray that mess, it makes it more relatable. The characters, Theresa and Garret have demons of their own. They both need to face them, before their routes can truly align with one another. Reasons I did not like the book... 1. The ending. I don't want to explain why, because I do not want to spoil the book for anyone who reads this. I understand why the author wrote the ending to this book, but I wish it was different. 2. The characters bugged me. Theresa more so, she seemed manipulative. 3. The instant love. I just do not see how you can fall love within a week. Especially with the pasts and demons the character themselves were facing. I guess I'm not as much of a romantic as Sparks is. All in all it was a good book (3.5 stars) and I will probably read another one of Sparks' books when the time is right.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leo Martin

    My Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis: Very Dear John-ish and The Rescue-ish. I kinda hate this book, but I tell you, this is a touching story. For me, this is the saddest of all the books of Sparks, so far. An epitome of the world's greatest regret, letting go of someone even if you really love him/her. Like what I said yesterday, it was hard for me to get in to the book at first but I soon completely fell in to it, holding on to the moments of bliss till the loneliest part of the book. There are a My Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis: Very Dear John-ish and The Rescue-ish. I kinda hate this book, but I tell you, this is a touching story. For me, this is the saddest of all the books of Sparks, so far. An epitome of the world's greatest regret, letting go of someone even if you really love him/her. Like what I said yesterday, it was hard for me to get in to the book at first but I soon completely fell in to it, holding on to the moments of bliss till the loneliest part of the book. There are a few bits that were unrealistic but some issues were really nicely touched. A weepy one for sure. I kinda hate this book cause it's so tragic, what more can you ask from this novelist. Nicholas Sparks always manages to pull a string of the heart. The beautiful complexity and the depth of love is so touchingly told. I dont think anyone normal can hold tears, though I have to re read the last part of the book later to make the latter statement veritable for myself. One thing I learned from this book: You can always let go of someone, always, but it takes time, and of course to complete the formula, find someone who makes you happy, and of course, fight for it, no matter what. Theresa's kinda foolish, Garret's a big disappointment too. And after reading the first half of the book, I knew that the two will soon make the greatest mistakes of their lives. Though I liked how Theresa handled everything in the end. A perfect example of how everybody should move on, to stop living life in the past. To move, and love again. Romantic, sad, amazing, depressing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marcela M.

    Es Nicholas Sparks, así que por descarte ya se sabe que tiene un cinco de cinco. Una historia corta, pero con mucho contenido. Nicholas nos vuelve a cautivar con un amor entregado y apasionado, pero imposible. Dolorosa y maravillosa como solo Sparks lo puede hacer. En esta nueva historia, (al menos para mí), se vuelve a repetir la historia de dos amantes, que se enamoran a primera vista, y su amor, aunque es apasionado y verdadero, es imposible. Como ya he dicho en todas mis opiniones de los libr Es Nicholas Sparks, así que por descarte ya se sabe que tiene un cinco de cinco. Una historia corta, pero con mucho contenido. Nicholas nos vuelve a cautivar con un amor entregado y apasionado, pero imposible. Dolorosa y maravillosa como solo Sparks lo puede hacer. En esta nueva historia, (al menos para mí), se vuelve a repetir la historia de dos amantes, que se enamoran a primera vista, y su amor, aunque es apasionado y verdadero, es imposible. Como ya he dicho en todas mis opiniones de los libros que he leído de Nicholas Sparks, este autor es el único al cual no le critico ese amor cliché e irreal. Él logra engancharme desde la primera pagina, y es absurdo lo que logra en mi mente. Y es que vuelvo a decir, Nicholas escribe una pagina acerca de que los hombres lobos, vampiros y hadas existen, y yo le creo a ciegas. Definitivamente uno de mis autores favoritos. Se los recomiendo muchísimo. Sé que muchos odian el cliché, y me incluyo en ello, ya que no hay cosa más aburrida que leer lo mismo siempre. Pero es que Nicholas simplemente me puede. :D

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Check out my review below: Debra's Book Cafe Debs :-)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diane Challenor

    Abandoned! I’m just not into the romance genre. My inner cynic just jumps up and down saying “no way would he/she behave that way”. I can’t override my sense of disbelief.” I gave “Message in a Bottle” a go because it had a promising beginning, but romance writing is romance writing; I’m just too practical to be intrigued by it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Parr

    This was so hard to read. It touched on tragedy in my own life that I struggle with on a daily basis, yet at the same time gave me hope.

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