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January 24, 2020

Looking Back - Message in a Bottle

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.




Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
Fiction
1999 Grand Central Publishing (first published in 1998)
Read in April 1999
Rating: 1/5 (Poor)

Publisher's Blurb:


Thrown to the waves, and to fate, the bottle could have ended up anywhere. Instead, it is found just three weeks after it begins its journey. Theresa Osborne, divorced and the mother of a twelve-year-old son, discovers it during a seaside vacation from her job as a Boston newspaper columnist. Inside is a letter that opens with, "My Dearest Catherine, I miss you my darling, as I always do, but today is particularly hard because the ocean has been singing to me, and the song is that of our life together...." For Garrett, the message is the only way he knows to express his undying love for a woman he has lost. For Theresa, wary of romance since her husband shattered her trust, the message raises questions that intrigue her. Challenged by the mystery, and driven to find Garrett by emotions she does not fully understand, Theresa begins a search that takes her to a sunlit coastal town and an unexpected confrontation. Brought together either by chance or something more powerful, Theresa and Garrett's lives come together in a tale that resonates with our deepest hopes for finding everlasting love. Shimmering with suspense and emotional intensity, Message in a Bottle takes readers on a hunt for the truth about a man and his memories, and about both the heartbreaking fragility and enormous strength of love. For those who cherished The Notebook and readers waiting to discover the magic of Nicholas Sparks's storytelling, here is an achingly lovely novel of happenstance, desire, and the choices that matter most.

My Original Notes (1999):

Fluff. Pretty much a no-brainer and almost an entire waste of time. Simplistic and amateurish sentence structure, bordering on boring. Predictable. Why did I bother?? And everyone said the book was better than the movie. I certainly won't see it now.

My Current Thoughts:

Blech.

14 comments:

  1. Les,

    I liked the movie a lot, and, have seen it several times. Of course, seeing Kevin Costner in his younger days may have influenced my thoughts LOL

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    1. Diane, I do remember watching the movie and yes, Kevin Costner was not difficult to watch. ;)

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  2. Yep. Every one of his stories are the same.

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    1. Kathy, I think I've read three, but then again, I used to read Danielle Steel.

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  3. I did watch the movie of this book. I think I liked it just because of Kevin Costner! haha... I'm listening to a Nicholas Sparks book right now and oh boy, is it ridiculous. I think the only reason I'm going through with it is because a co-worker who also loves to read recommended it to me. I'm so ready for it to be over so I can move to something better.

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    1. Iliana, yep. Costner made it worthwhile. Too funny that you are finding your current audio ridiculous. Good for you to read it based on your co-worker's rec.

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  4. LOL! I really hated this book, too! The movie, on the other hand.... ;-)

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    1. JoAnn, I think a lot of us enjoyed the movie much more so than the book. :)

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  5. Ha, glad to see you don't care for Nicholas Sparks' novels. I couldn't even make it through one of his books.

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    1. Well, it took me a while to figure it out that he's not for me. I've read three of his books. Blech.

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  6. And I kind of feel like if you've read one Sparks book, you've read them all.

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    1. Lisa, isn't that the truth! :) Hope you're staying warm!

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