Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dear John~ A Novel By Nicholas Sparks ~ Review and Giveaway

As I slowly close this book I realize the fragility of love's fulfillment and cast my mind to my relationship and how thankfully in an unforgiving world, with life's distractions and disasters our love and relationship has endured and only gained strength.

I do not tend to read romance novels but Nicholas Sparks does not write romance novels but rather love stories. Stories with the breadth of reality contained within their plots and characters. Sparks' novels are believable, his characters real to anyone who reads them and I suspect this is why six of his books including this one, Dear John, have been adapted to the screen. Each story touches a chord, each character becomes a friend, a relative, the boy or girl next door, perhaps even reminds one a bit of oneself.

John is a young man with no future and a father he cannot seem to relate to. But when he discovers the military and enlists in the army he finds himself on a straight path, not exactly sure of his goals but at least aware he has something to grasp at. It is a chance meeting with a special young lady during John's furlough which changes his life forever. Transformed by a love which haunts him, John plans to finish his tour of duty and return to marry Savannah, the girl of his dreams. As in real life love is not always so simple. John and Savannah struggle with being apart and just as they see John's tour end approaching the unforseen changes everything-9/11! As John chooses between love and duty to his country, Savannah chooses unwittingly between loneliness and living a life fulfilled.

John and Savannah's love recreates their lives, somehow makes them better people in the face of horrendous odds, and it endures despite their relationship's demise. Dear John redefines what we consider love to be. It tests love's boundaries and questions its true meaning. Insightful, bittersweet, and poigniant Sparks sets a tale of young love against the backdrop of harsh reality only to find a silver lining ripped from the pain of unfulfilled relationships. Sparks is a master of the modern love story and stories of the heartrending inner struggles of humanity!

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  88. Really great review. One of the things I loved about Dear John is that Savannah and John are determined to be together no matter what. Even when they first meet. Much to the displeasure of her remaining three friends, John accepts the
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    belongings before heading over. Sometimes our so-called friends don't like the person we've picked, they think they know better but only you can decide. You know? What did you think of the film version of the book? I'm an author too so I love reading Nicholas Sparks since I write love stories too.

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