The Notebook

The Notebook

Book - 1996
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Grand Central Pub
Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story-it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again... At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle...

Baker & Taylor
In a testimony to the lasting power of love, a man tells an elderly woman a story from a faded old notebook, his voice relating the heartbreaking tale of two lovers and their fifty-year journey to happiness. 200,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once more.
Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape.
Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all.

& Taylor

In a testimony to the lasting power of love, a man tells an elderly woman a story from a faded old notebook, his voice relating the heartbreaking tale of two lovers and their fifty-year journey to happiness

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c1996
ISBN: 9780446520805
Characteristics: 214 p.


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Apr 01, 2018

I was deeply moved by this tearful romance novel about a common man and a common woman who love each other with all their heart and soul. I admit that the writing is rather blunt (and a touch sappy at times), but the powerful story is deeply meaningful. "I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough."

Nov 04, 2017

Lovely story..... One of the best love story's I've ever read, defiantly a must read!

Mar 14, 2017

A delightful tale of the truest of love and the best of human nature it promotes. Noah and Allie, teenage lovers, separated by war and for 10 years. rediscover each other just as Allie is to marry Lon, upright but not a rugged lover. With twists, true love prevails. And then the real twist – fast forward to the present where aged Noah and Alzheimer patient Allie are in a care home, and you discover the real meaning of true love.

Noah and Allie come from different lifestyles and fall in love. The couple goes through a lot but nothing keeps them apart. - Franchesca, Teen Volunteer

Jan 11, 2017

Nicholas Sparks has to be one of my all time favorite authors. I love how his books make you laugh, cry, and even get upset with the characters. The Notebook is a must read, even after watching the movie. I love the characters in this story and cannot even imagine having to make some of the decision they went through in the book. Also the heartache he must feel everyday. This is definitely a must read book!

Dec 04, 2016

Beautiful love story.

Aug 12, 2016

This is a wonderful love story and surprised it's written by a man as it's very romantic and written with a happy ever after ending. Some would say too sappy or too blissful even amidst it hopeful or unrealistic?

Aug 02, 2016

I usually dont cry, but this book brought tears to my eyes. Nicholas Sparks made this novel hard to put dowb.

Jul 12, 2016

loved this book! it was very sad :(

JCLHeatherM Jun 11, 2016

A beautiful love story that spans the lifetime of two distinct individuals from opposite sides of the tracks. Set against the backdrop of WWII, this story allows readers to witness the love of Noah and Allie, showing that love can conquer the many obstacles that are put in front of it.

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Jul 12, 2016

One man, one women. what will happen

Jul 03, 2015

IT was about a young man named Noah who was in love with a girl named Allie. They parted and seven years later they met... she engaged and he was still in love

Saulia Jul 06, 2012

Noah and Allie are a couple when they are young, they spend a wonderful summer together and fall in love. However, circumstances make it so they have to break up. However, years into the future, Allie is engaged, but Noah finds her again and they realize the love never left.


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Aug 12, 2016

"And that leaves me with the belief that miracles, no matter how inexplicable or unbelievable, are real and can occur without regard to the natural order of things." Noah

Jul 12, 2016

love you

Jun 24, 2015

“You can't live your life for other people. You've got to do what's right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.”
-Noah Calhoun


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