was messy. Always had been and always would be and that was just the way it
was, so why bother complaining? You either did something about it or you
didn’t, and then you lived with the choice you made.”
“It was a
life, she eventually concluded, that had been lived in the middle ground, where
contentment and love were found in the smallest details of people’s lives. It
was a life of dignity and honor, not without sorrows yet fulfilling in a way
that few experiences ever were.”
together isn’t about a honeymoon. It’s about the real you and me. I want to
wake up with you beside me in the mornings, I want to spend my evenings looking
at you across the dinner table. I want to share every mundane detail of my day
with you and hear every detail of yours. I want to laugh with you and fall
asleep with you in my arms. Because you aren’t just someone I loved back then.
You were my best friend, my best self, and I can’t imagine giving that up
again… You might not understand but I gave you the best of me, and after you
left nothing was ever the same.."
wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She’d believed in it once,
too, back when she was eighteen…”
like Tuck, was one of those rare people who could love only once, and if
anything, separation had only made his feelings grow stronger. Two days ago,
that realization had been disconcerting, but she now understood that, for
Dawson, there had been no other choice. Love, after all, always said more about
those who felt it than it did about the ones they loved.”
“Don’t take my
advice. Or anyone’s advice. Trust yourself. For good or for bad, happy or
unhappy, it’s your life, and what you do with it has always been entirely up to
to face him. ‘What were we thinking?’ ‘We weren’t,’ he said. ‘We were in
recently become a fan ofNicholas
Sparks. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers with 8
of them being released as movies ... Safe Haven, The Notebook, The Last Song,
Dear John, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, Nights in Rodanthe, and one
of my favorites ... The Lucky One.
touched me deeply because there was a great life lesson for several of the
characters as well as the reader. It's a message aboutliving with regrets. The
definition of regret isto feel sad,
repentant, or disappointed over something that has happened or been done,
especially a loss or missed opportunity.
story the two main characters, Dawson and Amanda, fall in love as teenagers.
But because her parents don't approve of him, they are soon separated.
the one who insisted that she let go of the relationship and follow her dreams,
but he never married, never dated, just worked hard to make a good living.
moves away to college and ends up marrying a dentist, has 4 children, but
suffers the pain of losing a child to cancer. Her husband tries to drown
his pain with alcohol which puts a huge strain on their relationship.
young lovers are reunited after 20 yrs by the death of a mutual friend and soon
come to realize they are still in love. Next comes the question, how to
move forward. The author's words jumped out at me ..."people in pain don't always
see things as clearly as they should". That's so true!
who died, who was a friend to both Dawson and Amanda, left some letters he had
written to them. It seems that he lived with some regrets of his own, but
had some very good advice for each of them. He writes"you've got to understand
that you can't look back anymore. It'll destroy you in the end ...
Neither one of you can keep living with regret, because it drains the life
right out of you ...".
contrast, loving someone and knowing that you are loved in return has the power
to renew a person in a way you would never dream is possible. And when you
truly love someone, you are willing to give them the best of you, and that's
something that we should never regret.
doesn't end the way that you hope it will but it's a very good ending to the
story that leaves the reader satisfied and filled with hope. In Amanda's
words to her son, the message of the story is summed up like this ..."You'll make
mistakes and struggle like everyone, but when you're with the right person,
you'll feel almost perfect joy, like you're the luckiest person who ever lived.
... you'll love and be loved ... and in the end, nothing else really matters."