What qualities make up your perfect man? Is he sexy? Tough? Romantic? Rich? Charitable? Funny? Insightful?
What if there was a male who existed who had all of these qualities AND he wrote the most romantic book of all time(okay, this part is purely opinion)?
He exists people, and his name is Nicholas Sparks. If you aren't familar with Nicholas, check out his website http://www.nicholassparks.com. You won't be sorry. Have you heard of a little book called The Notebook? You know, the one that was made into a film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. If you haven't read the book/seen the movie stop reading this and rush to the nearest bookstore/Blockbuster nearest you! You will not find a more romantic movie.
The story of The Notebook makes you believe in true love. I don't think I would have felt the same way about this book/movie if I hadn't known what kind of a person Nicholas Sparks is. I mean, any author can write about love, but Nicholas makes it come alive because of the person that he is. Do you know that the first thing he bought with his first advance was a new wedding ring for his wife? He asked her to marry him again! How sweet is that? I'm thinking he's pretty lucky to have her too considering she's had five kids for him! :) In her defense, he is quite the hottie. While reading his bio, I realized that his story isn't a fairy tale of being discovered one day. His family has had plenty of tragedy mixed in with the bliss. It only makes me love his writing more!
If you haven't seen The Notebook (which, I can't imagine), here's a summary.
Duke spends everyday going to a nursing home reading from a notebook to an elderly woman. The woman doesn't remember him, but he keeps going back everyday in hopes that she might remember even if only for a few minutes.
The notebook is filled with the life story of Noah and Allie. Two teenagers from different backgrounds who fall head over heels for each other. Allie's parents eventually move her away to split them up and keep his letters from her. Then WWII intercedes to keep them apart. Noah loses his best friend and comes home confused. He takes his energy out restoring 200 year old home while Allie is busy preparing for her nupitals to another man.
Allie comes across a newspaper clipping of Noah and realizes she has to see him again. They realize they never stopped loving each other. Allie has to make some hard decisions about who she is going to be with.
This is the romantic scene of a movie I have ever seen. Check it out.
What makes the movie even better for me is that Noah and Allie, oops, I mean, Ryan & Rachel are together. Yes, I know their engagement has been kind of on and off but I have high hopes for them. So, the next time that someone tells you that men like Noah Calhoun don't exist. Tell them, that they do, but they go by the name of Nicholas Sparks!
What I'm reading...Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
All that matters is what's inside...as long as your outside is wearing the tiara!
REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN
July 3,2007, Berkley Jam Books