Book Review: The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks

Hi everyone,

I recently read a Nicholas Sparks’ book called The Wedding, without even reading a line on what it is about. And it surprised me! Read on further to know why.

Name of the book – The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

Genre
Fiction, Romatic

Characters
Jane, Wilson
Their children: Anna, Joseph and Leslie
Jane’s father and mother: Noah and Allie (from “The Notebook”, remember?)

What is The Wedding about?
“The Wedding” by the king of romantic novels, Nicholas Sparks, is about a couple who at their old age try to find their love for each other again. I used the word “again” because during the course of their life they drift apart from where they had begun their journey as a married couple, vowed to be with each other in every phase of life. Wilson, the husband, here, is not a die-hard romantic guy. He prefers keeping things to himself rather than sharing it with others, not even his wife, even if he feels that she is the reason his world is in existence (or rather, not extinct). Even though he provided well for the family, due to his work as an estate attorney, he drifts apart from them. And the bringing up of the children is left solely on Jane. Jane, who is a born-romantic, grows lonely day by day and drifts further apart from him as well.

Before they realize, they are nearing their 30th anniversary and their daughter’s wedding, facing themselves in a situation where they can’t even look at each other in the eye when they speak (if at all they speak). Wilson slowly realizes that it was all his fault in leaving everything on Jane and never actually being there for his family and mostly his wife. He decides that winning his wife’s love back is the only thing that can survive his marriage. Would he be able to win his wife back? Or the damage done was irreversible?

What did I enjoy in The Wedding?
I enjoyed a lot of things in this book. This story is something that I can relate to personally.

  • Even though Wilson is portrayed as a non-romantic by “birth”, he isn’t shown as someone who is averse to love. In fact, his affection and love for his wife has only intensified over the years of their marriage and he has failed to only convey the same. But it is also depicted in The Wedding that sometimes expressing your love for someone becomes as important as having it for them.
  •  Wilson is not shown as a perfect romantic hero of a classic love story here. His flaws are highlighted yet his love is described beautifully. Somehow, Sparks found a right balance in creating his character close to reality.
  • The way he has localized the place! Yes, at the end of it, you DO feel like they are the couple you know who live in New Bern, North Carolina. He has used this place in a lot of his books like The Notebook, A Bend in the Road and Safe Haven apart from this book. This may be because of the fact that Nicholas Sparks has actually lived in New Bern for a very long period of time with his family.
  • I loved the fact that while writing the book, Nicholas has carefully imbibed Noah-Allie’s mid-life again with some carefully woven excerpts from their lives that links to Wilson-Jane’s situation sometimes. You won’t just read about Jane-Wilson throughout the book, now and then you read about Allie-Noah as well. I’m sure this already becomes a major reason for The Notebook lovers to pick this book.

Some of the romantic things said in this book that I adore!

“Marriage is about compromise; it’s about doing something for the other person, even when you don’t want to.”

“In all the years we spend together, I never once regretted the fact that I had chosen her and that she had chosen me as well.”

“How had I become middle-aged while the ravages of time ignored her? I didn’t know and didn’t care, and before I could stop them, the words were already out. “You’re beautiful,” I murmured.”

“in all the years we spend together, I never once regretted the fact that I had chosen her and that she had chosen me as well.”

“Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.”

“That she had somehow taken the initiative to learn my name should have struck me then, but it did not. Instead, as she stood on the street with the rain coming down and mascara running onto her cheeks, all I could think was that I’d never seen anyone more beautiful.”

What did I not love in The Wedding?
I did not despise anything about the book. It’s a book about love, family, bond, faith but mostly about love and not giving up on it. Wilson’s faith in his love is highlighted at tough times which makes an essential and strong part of his character. This is also the reason for him not giving up on them soon. This is not a classic love story, but that’s what makes it so different. You don’t have to write a classic one every time you pen down a novel. You could as well write something as close to reality as possible which the readers might relate to.

Who would love The Wedding?
Someone who enjoys the fictional romantic genre. Like I said, it’s not a classic love story with deep engaging conversations and strong emotional scenes but it does put across the right feelings and messages to the readers. So if you do enjoy a light romantic love story, go for this one.

Who would not?
Someone who is expecting to read the next best love story ever heard. This mainly focuses on a close-to-real couple who try to deal with close-to-real problems in their marriage.

Would I recommend The Wedding to anyone?
Yes, to the people I mentioned above who would love this book.

Rating (Out of 5)

I read the book in my Kindle and you can buy hard copy or a kindle version from here.

So at the end of this, I would like to ask you all,
Who are you more like? Wilson or Noah?

Do comment below!

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