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What novel better suits the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday than The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. If you haven’t read this yet, get out your handkerchief.  A real tearjerker, the enduring power of love shines brightly, time not dimming the love and passion of a man whose wife cannot remember their lives together. Unwilling to lose her to Alzheimer’s, he struggles to hold onto her by recounting their lives together.

Noah and Allie’s love spans decades as they overcome obstacles to be together. Among the changes and challenges faced, in my opinion, the greatest is the last.

This beautiful story doesn’t deserve the scorn that had many in the past reading their romance novels from behind brown paper covers. Romance was once considered fiction’s poor step-child (it isn’t), and people were embarrassed to be seen reading romance (I’m not, and never have been).

Noah’s comment,

I want all of you, forever, you and me, everyday (Sparks, 1996),

speaks to this holiday of love and romance. Convince your Valentine date or significant other to watch the movie. I’ve seen the film and you won’t be disappointed.

Sparks, N. (1996). The Notebook. New York: Warner Books, Inc.

Nicholas sparks author web site. The notebook. Retrieved January 12, 2016, from: http://nicholassparks.com/stories/the-notebook/#book