Message in a bottle

The first read for 2010 is down – Message in a bottle by Nicholas Sparks!!

It is a tragic romance, and contains all the elements of a typical Sparks book. It is about a newspaper columnist Theresa, who is on vacation when she finds a bottle washed up on the beach. She opens it to find a heart-touching letter inside, from a Garrett, to his beloved wife Catherine.

Theresa is extremely touched by the letter, and is stunned to find one more of Garrett’s letters through the column she publishes. Some researching on her part leads her to one more letter. By then, she is so touched by Garrett’s love for Catherine and his pain that she wants to meet him. With a little help from her boss and friend Deanna, she locates Garrett and meets him. And the inevitable happens – they fall in love. And then, there are problems.

I quite liked the book, in spite of it being predictable and Bollywoodish in some parts. It made for a great, cosy, mushy New Year read.

Have you read this book? How did you find it?

My rating: 3 stars



Filed under Reading Ramana

11 responses to “Message in a bottle

  1. RustyNeurons

    Hey Priya, have a wonderful new year 🙂 and lots n lots of new reads. 🙂

  2. RustyNeurons

    Oh, by the way, I have not read the book but I think I have seen the movie. Was ok.

  3. It is actually Sparks only book I really liked . Now may be his Last Song might come as close competitor to it.Though I still feel Message In The Bottle holds the honor . All his other books were quite predictable . Have a wonderful year and happy reading 🙂

  4. sparks’ books are bollywood-ish in some aspects, but i still like reading him because his stories end in tragedy and me likes that :)…haven’t read this one though.

  5. priyaiyer


    wish you a great new year too! thanks for the wishes..
    i quite liked the book, and would like to check out the movie as well..


    welcome here! well, i liked quite a few of sparks’ books when i read them long back.. don’t know how i would feel about them now, though!
    thanks for the wishes… you have a great year too, with a lot of wonderful reads thrown in.. 🙂


    me too! 🙂
    do check out this one.. and do let me know how you liked it.. 🙂

  6. HPal

    Hi Priya,

    I happen to know about by your write up on Diu while surfing on the net. You seem to have a taste for good short stories. I suggest you to read “Snow storm” by Pushkin if you have not already read.
    The path is given below to read it online.


  7. priyaiyer


    welcome here! thanks a lot for the link.. will check out the story soon.. have not read it so far.. 🙂

  8. I have read the book and also watched the movie. Great experience doing both. And you know what Priya, I can say all the three letters by heart. (Nobody want to hear though). The favorite part of the movie is when the protagonist’s brother in law come and start working on the ship with him. Wonderful!!

  9. And of course the favorite dialog

    Theresa : You forgot me?
    Garret : Yes daily!

  10. priyaiyer

    @bragadeesh prasanna

    I haven’t seen the movie yet. I found the book pure chicklit kinds and Bollywoodish too, though it made for a nice read. I can’t remember any part of the book by heart! 😦

  11. Bragadeesh

    Yeah Priya, But after seeing a lot of movies of other genre, I found it very nice. All his novels are like that. I recently read/watched Nights at Rodanthe. It was good too.

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