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THE WEDDING By Nicholas Sparks
I started off really not liking Nicholas Sparks’ new bestseller, The Wedding. I thought the narrator was a whiney and cliché husband who had ignored his beautiful wife of 30 years and then wondered when he forgot their anniversary how she could possibly be upset! But I kept reading and slowly, slowly, the character of Wilson Lewis changed my mind, even as he changed his own heart and his life with his wife.
I almost felt irritated with myself when I found myself crying toward the end of the book. I thought, “Dog gonnit Amanda. You’re such a sap. Are you going to cry at every obvious, lovey-dovey Nicholas Sparks book ever written?” “I guess so,” is the answer.
In The Wedding, Sparks revisits the lives of the beloved couple from his earlier best-selling novel, The Notebook, Noah and Allie Calhoun. The neglectful husband in The Wedding is married to Noah and Allie’s daughter, Jane. Well, after forgetting their anniversary and being surprised by Jane’s coldness, Wilson begins to realize that his wife may not choose to marry him if she had to do it all over again. At that moment, their oldest daughter announces she is getting married, and preparations for the perfect wedding begin, the wedding that Wilson and Jane never had, but should have.
How many of you didn’t have the wedding you really wanted and even years later, regret it? Oh – then this book is for you. But please – this isn’t John Steinbeck. Don’t expect great, thought-provoking literature. And do expect to feel like a sap when you start crying too. Nicholas Sparks’ latest bestseller is The Wedding. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.