Like I said in my last post, there are many reasons that I love Nicholas Sparks. The most obvious, as I am sure many women would agree, is his ability to write about romance in a way that makes me feel as if I am falling in love for the first time. For example, here is one of my favorite excerpts from “Dear John”:
“I barely had time to drop my duffel bag before she sjumped into my arms, and the kiss that followed was like its own magic kingdom, complete with its special language and geography, fabulous myths and wonders for the ages. And when she pulled back and whispered, “I missed you so much,” I felt as if I’d been put back together after spending a year cut in half.”
My heart leaps, my spirits are lifted and no matter how bad my day has been, I believe that life is good. That’s powerful writing! Of course, my husband, does not appreciate Mr. Sparks’ novels nearly as much as I do. I think he gets tired of hearing me sigh and swoon as I read beside him. “Real men don’t act like that – Amber” he always says. But I specifically remember the first time he told me that he loved me and it was just like that.
Again, we were freshmen in college. It was Halloween and we went to a haunted trail. After a night filled with fake terror and pitiful “help me” squeals (by Steven, of course), we drove back to campus on a cloud of excitement. He dropped me off at my dorm and we said goodnight. Barely two minutes had passed when my phone rang. My heart literally burst at the sight of his name on the caller ID and when I answered he said, “I have to tell you something – will you meet me outside?” We both acted completely absurd, like excited little puppies. But I knew what was coming and I was so happy to know he felt exactly as I did. When he said that words for the first time, I truly knew this time it was different.
So every time I read one of Nick’s romantic passages, I’m reminded of how I felt at 18 years old. Excited, in love, dreamy-eyed. I just can’t get enough. No matter how silly it may seem, I will keep coming back to Nicholas time after time as long as he makes me feel like that!