This is the next Nicholas Sparks novel I have decided to read since I have already seen the movie. I liked this one better than A Walk to Remember, although that one was pretty good, also. The Notebook film is also more closely aligned with the book. The love and heartbreak (but, ultimately, love) described in this novel is touching and something that I have always dreamed about. Overall, I think this is probably my favorite Nicholas Sparks novel (although I have only read two so far, so I could change my mind!).