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If you've every been in love, ever hope to be in love, or are currently living your days with your true love, then you will thoroughly enjoy and appreciate The Wedding. (As a fair warning to the guys out there - yes, this is a chick book!)
This beautifully-written novel tells the story of a couple who learn how to live all over again. With the children grown and gone, Wilson and Jane Lewis have only each other for company. Wilson's life has been primarily at the office, and Jane's life has been dedicated almost solely to her children.
Now they find that their relationship is strained, conversation seems forced, and alone time is awkward. So when their daughter, Anna, comes home for a visit and announces that she is getting married, and her intent to have a quick, courthouse-style wedding, it is just the distraction Jane needs.
However, Jane has her own ideas for this wedding, and they do not include the steps of a courthouse. As Jane and Anna speedily prepare for a wedding the following weekend, Wilson finds favor with Jane as he steps up to the plate and takes on more than his fair share of duties for the wedding.
The couples' faith and beliefs are evident throughout the entire story, from flashback to present-day. Everything is in place for the most incredible wedding the family has ever had, and a romantic experience that will take your breath away, even as you are wiping away the tears.
About the author:
Nicholas Sparks was born on December 31, 1965. He lived in Fair Oaks, California through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. After setting a track record at Notre Dame that still stands today, Nicholas sustained an injury and spent the summer recovering. During this time he wrote his first novel, but this one and his second one were never published.
Today, eleven novels and six playwrights later, Nicholas is a successful writer. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. He is again an avid athlete, running daily, and competing in Tae Kwon Do. He attends church regularly and reads approximately 125 books a year.
Nicholas gives back to the writing community through multiple charities and scholarships, including to Notre Dame where he is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program.
Note: The Guardian was the prequel to The Wedding, but you don't have to read one before the other. The Guardian is a love story about Wilson's parents, and reading this first will certainly give you insight into Wilson's background and the loving parents who were an example to him.
Reviewed by Michele Gilbert
Feb. 1, 2006