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I love a good love story, especially a good Nicholas Sparks love story. Does anyone else still replay the scene in The Notebook where Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are in the canoe in the rain, and she questions him about why he didn’t write her? Then he replies, “It wasn’t over. It still isn’t over,” and then puts both hands on her face and kisses her. Yes? Just me? I know it can’t be just me. Classic Sparks.
Well fans of The Notebook won’t be disappointed with The Choice. Some gal pals of mine came over for Book Club to discuss our thoughts. Do awesome scenes always involve a canoe?
Synopsis: Gabby Hollan [Teresa Palmer] moves in next door to ladies’ man Travis Shaw [Benjamin Walker]. Gabby made the move to this small coastal town to be closer to her boyfriend. Love triangle! Gabby and Travis embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Then one of them is faced with a life-changing choice. How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
I asked that question to my friends, and one almost immediately said (in a dramatic voice), “As far as it takes.” We all laughed and then talked about the choices we’ve made for love. Whether it be sacrificing a job, a career, having to make a move, taking a risk, or hurting someone else in the process, we’ve all made choices.
Nicholas Sparks has that way of transporting you to another place. I’m a city girl at heart, but after reading this book, it made me want to move to a small town in North Carolina, have boating adventures on the water, and make new memories. You know, the way all of his books do.
Love is definitely the theme, and it’s a perfect month for the book and movie! I can’t wait to see The Choice on film. I’m always fascinated to see if the ideas and images I have crafted in my head for the characters are the same on-screen. Some are even better on the big screen. Ahem, The Notebook scene.
We all have our own love stories, and I like hearing and watching others’ love stories. You can always learn something from them. Sometimes love is wonderful, sometimes it’s messy, sometimes it hurts, sometimes it heals. But it’s powerful.
Lionsgate’s The Choice is in theaters Friday, February 5, 2016. Perfect for a girls’ night or date night. The choice they refer to may not be the one you think it is. Bring tissues. And now I have to go convince my husband to buy a canoe to row me around in.