The Wedding

The Wedding

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by Nicholas Sparks

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With The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and his other beloved novels, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks has given voice to our deepest beliefs about the power of love. Now he brings us the long-awaited follow-up to The Notebook-a story of an ordinary man who goes to extraordinary lengths to win back the love of his life... After thirty years,

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With The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and his other beloved novels, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks has given voice to our deepest beliefs about the power of love. Now he brings us the long-awaited follow-up to The Notebook-a story of an ordinary man who goes to extraordinary lengths to win back the love of his life... After thirty years, Wilson Lewis is forced to face a painful truth: the romance has gone out of his marriage. His wife, Jane, has fallen out of love with him, and it is entirely his fault. Despite the shining example of his in-laws, Noah and Allie Calhoun, and their fifty-year love affair (originally recounted in The Notebook), Wilson himself is a man unable to express his true feelings. He has spent too little time at home and too much at the office, leaving the responsibility of raising their children to Jane. Now his daughter is about to marry, and his wife is thinking about leaving him. But if Wilson is sure of anything, it is this: His love for Jane has only grown over the years, and he will do everything he can to save their marriage. With the memories of Noah and Allie's inspiring life together as his guide, he vows to find a way to make his wife fall in love with him...all over again. In this powerfully moving tale of love lost, rediscovered, and renewed, Nicholas Sparks once again brings readers his unique insight into the only emotion that ultimately really matters.

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Publishers Weekly
The wistful, reflective tone of Sparks's newest love story shines through in Wopat's competent telling, but his characterizations, particularly of the book's Southern-bred females, are hampered by the deep tenor of his voice and his accent-less approach. However, his portrayal of methodical attorney Wilson Lewis is spot on. Realizing for the first time that his "innocent neglect" has led his relationship with his wife of 30 years to become stale, Wilson decides to court her. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how or where to start. Enter Noah Calhoun, Wilson's sage-like father-in-law, whose picture-perfect romance is depicted in Sparks's 1996 debut, The Notebook. Wilson now lives in a home for the elderly and spends his days watching over a swan that he believes holds his late wife's spirit. With Noah's patient guidance, and with the wedding of Wilson's daughter fast approaching, Wilson learns how to be the husband his wife deserves. Snippets of music announce the beginning and end of each chapter and complement particularly emotional moments. While this sweetly sentimental audio may be too subdued for a long, tiring drive, it will satisfy listeners looking for a calming nighttime diversion. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Forecasts, Aug. 11). (Sept) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
As his daughter's wedding looms, Wilson Lewis-son-in-law to The Notebook's Noah and Allie-decides that he must patch up his own marriage. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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The Wedding

By Nicholas Sparks

Warner Books

Copyright © 2003 Nicholas Sparks
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ISBN: 0-446-53245-2

Chapter One

It's heartbreaking to think that your wife may not love you, and that night, after Jane had carried the perfume up to our bedroom, I sat on the couch for hours, wondering how this situation had come to pass. At first, I wanted to believe that Jane was simply reacting emotionally and that I was reading far more into the incident than it deserved.

Yet the more I thought about it, the more I sensed not only her displeasure in an absentminded spouse, but the traces of an older melancholy-as if my lapse were simply the final blow in a long, long series of careless missteps.

Had the marriage turned out to be a disappointment for Jane? Though I didn't want to think so, her expression had answered otherwise, and I found myself wondering what that meant for us in the future. Was she questioning whether or not to stay with me? Was she pleased with her decision to have married me in the first place? These, I must add, were frightening questions to consider-with answers that were possibly even more frightening-for until that moment, I'd always assumed that Jane was as content with me as I'd always been with her.

What, I wondered, had led us to feel so differently about each other?

I suppose I must begin by saying that many people would consider our lives fairly ordinary. Like many men, I had the obligation to support the family financially, and my life was largely centered around my career. For the past thirty years, I've worked with the law firm of Ambry, Saxon and Tundle in New Bern, North Carolina, and my income-while not extravagant-was enough to place us firmly in the upper middle class. I enjoy golfing and gardening on the weekends, prefer classical music, and read the newspaper every morning. Though Jane was once an elementary school teacher, she spent the majority of our married life raising three children. She ran both the household and our social life, and her proudest possessions are the photo albums that she carefully assembled as a visual history of our lives. Our brick home is complete with a picket fence and automatic sprinklers, we own two cars, and we are members of both the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. In the course of our married life, we've saved for retirement, built a wooden swing set in the backyard that now sits unused, attended dozens of parent-teacher conferences, voted regularly, and contributed to the Episcopal church each and every Sunday. At fifty-six, I'm three years older than my wife.

Despite my feelings for Jane, I sometimes think we're an unlikely pair to have spent a life together. We're different in almost every way, and though opposites can and do attract, I've always felt that I made the better choice on our wedding day. Jane is, after all, the kind of person I always wished to be. While I tend toward stoicism and logic, Jane is outgoing and kind, with a natural empathy that endears her to others. She laughs easily and has a wide circle of friends. Over the years, I've come to realize that most of my friends are, in fact, the husbands of my wife's friends, but I believe this is common for most married couples our age. Yet I'm fortunate in that Jane has always seemed to choose our friends with me in mind, and I'm appreciative that there's always someone for me to visit with at a dinner party. Had she not come into my life, I sometimes think that I would have led the life of a monk.

There's more, too: I'm charmed by the fact that Jane has always displayed her emotions with childlike ease. When she's sad she cries; when she's happy she laughs; and she enjoys nothing more than to be surprised with a wonderful gesture. In those moments, there's an ageless innocence about her, and though a surprise by definition is unexpected, for Jane, the memories of a surprise can arouse the same excited feelings for years afterward. Sometimes when she's daydreaming, I'll ask her what she's thinking about and she'll suddenly begin speaking in giddy tones about something I've long forgotten. This, I must say, has never ceased to amaze me.

While Jane has been blessed with the most tender of hearts, in many ways she's stronger than I am. Her values and beliefs, like those of most southern women, are grounded by God and family; she views the world through a prism of black and white, right and wrong. For Jane, hard decisions are reached instinctively-and are almost always correct-while I, on the other hand, find myself weighing endless options and frequently second-guessing myself. And unlike me, my wife is seldom self-conscious. This lack of concern about other people's perceptions requires a confidence that I've always found elusive, and above all else, I envy this about her.

I suppose that some of our differences stem from our respective upbringings. While Jane was raised in a small town with three siblings and parents who adored her, I was raised in a town house in Washington, D.C., as the only child of government lawyers, and my parents were seldom home before seven o'clock in the evening. As a result, I spent much of my free time alone, and to this day, I'm most comfortable in the privacy of my den.

As I've already mentioned, we have three children, and though I love them dearly, they are for the most part the products of my wife. She bore them and raised them, and they are most comfortable with her. While I sometimes regret that I didn't spend as much time with them as I should have, I'm comforted by the thought that Jane more than made up for my absences. Our children, it seems, have turned out well despite me. They're grown now and living on their own, but we consider ourselves fortunate that only one has moved out of state. Our two daughters still visit us frequently, and my wife is careful to have their favorite foods in the refrigerator in case they're hungry, which they never seem to be. When they come, they talk with Jane for hours.

At twenty-seven, Anna is the oldest. With black hair and dark eyes, her looks reflected her saturnine personality growing up. She was a brooder who spent her teenage years locked in her room, listening to gloomy music and writing in a diary. She was a stranger to me back then; days might pass before she would say a single word in my presence, and I was at a loss to understand what I might have done to provoke this. Everything I said seemed to elicit only sighs or shakes of her head, and if I asked if anything was bothering her, she would stare at me as if the question were incomprehensible. My wife seemed to find nothing unusual in this, dismissing it as a phase typical of young girls, but then again, Anna still talked to her. Sometimes I'd pass by Anna's room and hear Anna and Jane whispering to each other; but if they heard me outside the door, the whispering would stop. Later, when I would ask Jane what they'd been discussing, she'd shrug and wave a hand mysteriously, as if their only goal were to keep me in the dark.

Yet because she was my firstborn, Anna has always been my favorite. This isn't an admission I would make to anyone, but I think she knows it as well, and lately I've come to believe that even in her silent years, she was fonder of me than I realized. I can still remember times when I'd be perusing trusts or wills in my den, and she'd slip through the door. She'd pace around the room, scanning the bookshelves and reaching for various items, but if I addressed her, she'd slip back out as quietly as she'd come in. Over time, I learned not to say anything, and she'd sometimes linger in the office for an hour, watching me as I scribbled on yellow legal tablets. If I glanced toward her, she'd smile complicitly, enjoying this game of ours. I have no more understanding of it now than I did back then, but it's ingrained in my memory as few images are.

Currently, Anna is working for the Raleigh News and Observer, but I think she has dreams of becoming a novelist. In college she majored in creative writing, and the stories she wrote were as dark as her personality. I recall reading one in which a young girl becomes a prostitute to care for her sick father, a man who'd once molested her. When I set the pages down, I wondered what I was supposed to make of such a thing.

She is also madly in love. Anna, always careful and deliberate in her choices, was highly selective when it came to men, and thankfully Keith has always struck me as someone who treats her well. He intends to be an orthopedist and carries himself with a confidence that comes only to those who've faced few setbacks in life. I learned through Jane that for their first date Keith took Anna kite flying on the beach near Fort Macon. Later that week, when Anna brought him by the house, Keith came dressed in a sports coat, freshly showered and smelling faintly of cologne. As we shook hands, he held my gaze and impressed me by saying, "It's a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Lewis."

Joseph, our second-born, is a year younger than Anna. He's always called me "Pop," though no one else in our family has ever used that term, and again, we have little in common. He's taller and thinner than I, wears jeans to most social functions, and when he visits at Thanksgiving or Christmas, he eats only vegetables. While he was growing up, I thought him quiet, yet his reticence, like Anna's, seemed directed at me in particular. Others often remarked on his sense of humor, though to be honest, I seldom saw it. Whenever we spent time together, I often felt as if he were trying to form an impression of me.

Like Jane, he was empathetic even as a child. He chewed his fingernails worrying about others, and they've been nothing but nubs since he was five years old. Needless to say, when I suggested that he consider majoring in business or economics, he ignored my advice and chose sociology. He now works for a battered women's shelter in New York City, though he tells us nothing more about his job. I know he wonders about the choices I've made in my life, just as I wonder about his, yet despite our differences, it's with Joseph that I have the conversations that I always wished to have with my children when I held them as infants. He is highly intelligent; he received a near perfect score on his SATs, and his interests span the spectrum from the history of Middle Eastern dhimmitude to theoretical applications of fractal geometry. He is also honest- sometimes painfully so-and it goes without saying that these aspects of his personality leave me at a disadvantage when it comes to debating him. Though I sometimes grow frustrated at his stubbornness, it's during such moments that I'm especially proud to call him my son.

Leslie, the baby of our family, is currently studying biology and physiology at Wake Forest with the intention of becoming a veterinarian. Instead of coming home during the summers like most students, she takes additional classes with the intention of graduating early and spends her afternoons working at a place called Animal Farm. Of all our children, she is the most gregarious, and her laughter sounds the same as Jane's. Like Anna, she liked to visit me in my den, though she was happiest when I gave her my full attention. As a youngster, she liked to sit in my lap and pull on my ears; as she grew older, she liked to wander in and share funny jokes. My shelves are covered with the gifts she made me growing up: plaster casts of her hand-prints, drawings in crayon, a necklace made from macaroni.

She was the easiest to love, the first in line for hugs or kisses from the grandparents, and she took great pleasure in curling up on the couch and watching romantic movies. I was not surprised when she was named the homecoming queen at her high school three years ago.

She is kind as well. Everyone in her class was always invited to her birthday parties for fear of hurting someone's feelings, and when she was nine, she once spent an afternoon walking from towel to towel at the beach because she'd found a discarded watch in the surf and wanted to return it to its owner. Of all my children, she has always caused me the least worry, and when she comes to visit, I drop whatever I'm doing to spend time with her. Her energy is infectious, and when we're together, I wonder how it is I could have been so blessed.

Now that they've all moved out, our home has changed. Where music once blared, there is nothing but stillness; while our pantry once shelved eight different types of sugared cereal, there is now a single brand that promises extra fiber. The furniture hasn't changed in the bedrooms where our children slept, but because the posters and bulletin boards have been taken down-as well as all other reminders of their personalities-there is nothing to differentiate one room from the next. But it was the emptiness of the house that seemed to dominate now; while our home was perfect for a family of five, it suddenly struck me as a cavernous reminder of the way things ought to be. I remember hoping that this change in the household had something to do with the way Jane was feeling.

Still, regardless of the reason, I couldn't deny that we were drifting apart, and the more I thought about it, the more I noticed how wide the gap between us had become.

We'd started out as a couple and been changed into parents- something I had always viewed as normal and inevitable- but after twenty-nine years, it was as if we'd become strangers again. Only habit seemed to be keeping us together. Our lives had little in common; we rose at different hours, spent our days in different places, and followed our own routines in the evenings. I knew little of her daily activities and admitted to keeping parts of mine secret as well. I couldn't recall the last time Jane and I had talked about anything unexpected.

Two weeks after the forgotten anniversary, however, Jane and I did just that. "Wilson," she said, "we have to talk."

I looked up at her. A bottle of wine stood on the table between us, our meal nearly finished. "Yes?"

"I was thinking," she said, "of heading up to New York to spend some time with Joseph." "Won't he be here for the holidays?" "That's not for a couple of months. And since he didn't make it home this summer, I thought it might be nice to visit him for a change."

In the back of my mind, I noted that it might do us some good as a couple to get away for a few days. Perhaps that had even been the reason for Jane's suggestion, and with a smile, I reached for my wineglass. "That's a good idea," I agreed. "We haven't been to New York since he first moved there."

Jane smiled briefly before lowering her gaze to her plate. "There's something else, too." "Yes?"

"Well, it's just that you're pretty busy at work, and I know how hard it is for you to get away." "I think I can clear up my schedule for a few days," I said, already mentally leafing through my work calendar. It would be tough, but I could do it.


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The Wedding 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 946 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Wedding" is a sequel to Nicholas Sparks' well known novel, "The Notebook". However, calling it a sequel is techincally incorrect because it doesn't continue the story of Noah and Allie, but instead, it is a story of their daughter and her marriage. Like many couples would experience, Wilson and Jane found something missing in their marriage. Wilson realized that he spent too much time working, and too little time at home. The distance between him and his wife had grown over the year, and he was afriad that it would be too late for him to fix the marriage. Wilson was still deeply in love with his wife, therefore he turned to Noah for advice. Noah is known as "the hopeless romance", but will he be able to help Wilson? What will Wilson do to rekindle the love between him and Jane? As in many Sparks' novel, a surprising twist is waiting in the end, and it is not an ordinary Sparks' twist (don't want to spoil too much). I highly recommend "The Wedding", and if you haven't read "The Notebook" yet, you should (but it's not required because this could be a stand-alone novel). Also, "Message In A Bottle", "A Walk To Remember", and "Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks are also highly recommended!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell instantly inlove and got hooked into the book quick. I finished reading the book within a day ! Thats how good it was . I would definetly recommend this book to who ever enjoys romance books and also if your a big fan of Nicholas Sparks himself
jen84JG More than 1 year ago
If you loved the Notebook you will sure love this. It's romantic, funny, and has an AWESOME story. I laughed, cried.. I was basically sucked in right away and couldn't put the book down! READ IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well written story from the husband's point of view that I greatly appreciated. I saw my husband of 35 yrs in this and it has made me fall in love with him again.
nancy07NV More than 1 year ago
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks is an amazing novel. The theme in this story is love and renewal, which is addressed in several ways in the novel. The author's purpose is to touch reader's hearts and also answering a question that the main character had asked himself in the beginning of the story. The story takes place in New Bern. The main character is Wilson Lewis, a prestigious estate lawyer. The problem that Wilson has is that he is losing his wife. His absentminded neglect of his relationship with his wife, Jane, comes to a head when he forgets their twenty-ninth anniversary. Her response brings Wilson to the realization that Jane may no longer be in love with him. The story fulfills its purpose very well by showing us readers the true feelings of a man. The question is answered and I was touched like it has touched many other readers. At a point in the book when you think that all else has failed for this man's marriage, you realize that he finally finds the words he had been searching for to win his wife's heart back. Nicholas Sparks did a very good job, because he gave no clue to what was really going to happen at the end. I, who doesn't like reading, couldn't put the book down for even a minute. It was romantic and the ending was very shocking and unexpected. I definitely give this book a 10.
ECuellar1 More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book to read I was hoping for a romantic love story. I'm a teenager that frequently wonders what men are thinking. The Wedding gives a great example of one man's point of view regarding his relationship with his spouse of 21 years. His desire was for the woman of his life to love him again. So indeed it had what I was looking for and did an excellent job on communicating the importance of a marriage. I believe that the most important part of this novel is that Wilson, the main character and narrator, was able to rekindle the flames in his relationship with his wife. The author does an excellent job on describing how he got the candle lit, he takes the reader step by step, day by day in full detail. It isn't your typical love story. Most girls read love stories with a boy and girl that fight and eventually makeup. Unlike other books The Wedding portrays a couple that has been married for many years. I think that the one reason Wilson got through his marriage was because his father in-law, Noah, that had the same problem. Wilson always went to Noah for advice except for marriage advice because it was his wife's father, which was awkward for him. Noah gave Wilson a diary as a guideline for his next few weeks. In it contained vivid details as to what Noah did for his wife Allie each day. Noah is important because he gave Wilson the confidence and the strength to patiently wait for his wife to love him again. As Wilson got the fire going it told us that over the years his love for her had grown. The narrator shares his thought and his feelings towards her on how much he loves her. At this point in the story you get caught looking through the eyes of the narrator. As a female reader I began to know how some guys think. In addition to understanding the minds of men, the narrator helps us understand that he is willing to do anything and everything for her to stay with him. I think a key factor that he took in from Noah was that he had the patience. For example he made dinner for her and cleaned the house. When she came home she noticed but only assumed the worst. Wilson didn't know what to do when she asked him if he was seeing someone else. I would have given up, but Wilson hung in there. This romantic love story was well written. Its content made you feel as if you were the author. I strongly suggest that you read this if you need to know what it feels like to be in a marriage. Although no one has a perfect marriage, it's not worth giving up if you still love him or her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, I was stunned by The Notebook, but The Wedding is the perfect sequel. It was such a charming love story because it was so real. Most love stories are about a couple in their prime. This book explores what happens after a couple has weathered 30 years of marriage, and all of the mystery has faded. It was breathtaking how the main character was still so much in love with his wife after so many years, and the lengths that he'd go through to prove his love to her. What woman wouldn't want to feel so cherished. Also, I loved having a follow up to Noah's story. In my opinion, Nicholas Sparks is the alpha romance writer of our time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice love story. I really liked that it promotes fidelity and working to improve one's marriage. You can still understand it even if you haven't read The Notebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and this story is just amazing. His writing style makes everything feel so real. It is not your typical love story but it is the kind that will make you tear up in the end (as most of his stories that I have read). I am currently in the process of reading it again just because of how lovely it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic. Nicholas sparks best work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wedding is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love. The setting takes planes in modern day in South Carolina. One of the major conflict is Wilson forgot his and Jane anniversary. That is when he realize the romance is gone and is trying to find his way back to Jane heart.The four main characters are Jane, Wilson, Noah, and Anna. Jane is the fun outgoing one who is extroverted. Wilson is Jane husband. He is the shy, quite type of guy he is a lawyer and spends a lot of time at work. Noah is Jane dad he is a really romantic type later on in the stroy gives Wilson love advice. Anna is the one getting marriedWhat I think is most important about this story is that it teaches you to be there for people that you love.Even when you are so busy family comes first no matter what. It also teaches you how to give and receive love. Like for example it teaches you to listen, pay attention and enjoy each others company with peolpe. I really recommand this book to anyone. Its a heartfelt love story about two people who fell back in love all over again after everything they had been through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect sequel to the romantic love story of Allie and Noah Calhoun. It was touching, romantic, breath-taking, suprising and a true Nicholas Sparks novel. If you read any of his books, then this is it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recomend reading The Notebook first. This is a sequel to The Notebook. It has you thinking one way, but ends another.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
Every woman dreams of a story such as this for their own lives. Overall, I found the story to be very realistic when it came to how husband and wife drift apart after thirty years of marriage, from taking each other for granted. On the other hand, the story was unrealistic when it came to Wilson's actions in attempt to become more romantic and right his wrongs as a husband. Wilson's character seemed somewhat flat for 3/4's of the novel, but in the end his emotion and love shined through. If you are in need of a sweet love story, you will enjoy this read by Nicholas Sparks.
bbb13013 More than 1 year ago
this is a good story and he does the story justice because of the tie-in with the other book so far Sparks has keep me into reading more I hope to read more of his books and I hope he continues to write good stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best ending ever!!!! Love how he gave a different twist to this book. Amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever Sweet, lovable, and caring people meet a chaotic wedding It sure looks like it will be fun
Rosencrans4 More than 1 year ago
The book The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks was an absolute amazing book. But, to understand this book you most deffinatly need to read the first book. At the beginning it was very difficult for me to understand because I just knew the story from the movie the Notebook. But overall this was a very good book. It adds on from the movie and gives you and idea of what all happens. Through this book, there are hard times in marriage and Wilson decides he will do anything to keep his marriage alive with Jane. Wilson keeps everything going by looking back at the memories and examples from Noah and Allie which inspires life together and his guide. Wilson makes it his vow to make Jane happy and make his wife fall all over in love with each other and live life happily ever after. This book deffinatly deserves a 9 in my opinion. I thought it was very very good! This book reminds you what love it, and how much someone really means to you.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
In the book The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, it is about a married couple who doesnt belive they are in love anymore. Wilson, the husband has never fallen out if love with Jane, but Jane maybe has. Throughout their marrige they have had three kidsand have raised them together, they have gone through the death of both of Jane's paretns, the death of Wilson's mom, and the sickness of Wilson's dad. Neatless to say they have been though a lot together and have made it out okay. On their 30th anniversity Wilson completely forgot and it was already to late when Jane told him about their 30th anniversity. Do you think they will be abl to make it through this as well, or will everything change?
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Anonymous 11 months ago
A wonderful book that reflects on what a lot of couples are experienceing when they are married for a long time. We tend to reach a comfort zone and fail to romance the one you love. I enjoyed this book definitely made me think about my marriage and how grateful I should be and what can I do to bring our spark back. Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago