Title: Message in a Bottle
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Warner Books
Genre: Romance Fiction
First Publication: 1998
Major Characters: Theresa Osborne, Garrett Blake, Catherine, Deanna, Kevin Osborne
Setting Place: Wilmington, North Carolina (United States)
Theme: Love after grief
In a moment of desolation on a windswept beach, Garrett bottles his words of undying love for a lost woman, and throws them to the sea.
But the bottle is picked up by Theresa, a mother with a shattered past, who feels unaccountably drawn to this lonely man.
Who are this couple?
What is their story?
Beginning a search that will take her to a sunlit coastal town and an unexpected confrontation, it is a tale that resonates with everlasting love and the enduring promise of redemption.
Book Review: Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
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, picks it up 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 man who signs the letter, 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. Who are Garrett and Catherine? Where is he now? What is his story?
“Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”
Challenged by the mystery, and pulled 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 by chance-or something more powerful-Theresa and Garrett are people whose lives are about to touch for a purpose, in a tale that resonates with our deepest hopes for finding that special someone and everlasting love.
Shimmering with suspense and emotional intensity, Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks 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 his new, achingly lovely novel of happenstance, desire, and the choices that matter most.
“True love is rare, and it’s the only thing that gives life real meaning.”
Just like any other Nicholas Sparks novel, Message in a Bottle won’t disappoint. Leaving the audience wondering what is going to happen next, Sparks carries out the romance theme of love after grief, with a spin of mystery. Originally published in 1998, Message in a Bottle is the second romance novel written by Sparks. Restoring hope in readers hearts, Nicholas Sparks shows that faith in destiny will find it’s way no matter what.