The other day I was in search for a good novel to spend during my weekend. After all, it feels great to pamper myself by splurging in the fantastic world of literature. Guess what, I finished 2 maths tests and 1 EALD exam! Maths tests were awesome and fabulous! 90% for both Mathematics 3CD and Specialist Mathematics 3CD although when I got back the paper, I was like “Damn. Careless mistakes!“. EALD Semester 1 Exam was quite a challenge. The listening texts were hard to get, perhaps due to either the slang of an indigenous Aboriginal and an Australian Chinese or the pace they speak. Listening comprehension was horrible. I reckon that is my very first time to sit for listening comprehension. In Malaysia, you do not have even a single listening comprehension test from Year 1 straight up to Form 5! It’s all in-class work which means NOTHING!
Reading comprehension was shocking enough. Theme: Politics and Refugees. Reading and viewing focused entirely on refugees and the statistic provided was a challenge to synthesis. Thank goodness the paper made a smooth turning towards the end. The essay topics were a total relief! Thank goodness!
With so many ongoing tests and exam last week, I was glad I managed to space out some private time of mine for an absolutely romantic, nice, page-flipping novel. The kind of novel I could not let my hands off from it for it captivates the reader’s heart as your fingers anticipate to flip over the page and you are expecting something that piles on your suspense. If you had followed me on Twitter, you could have known the novel that I have read as I tweeted about it immediately after I finished reading epilogue of the novel.
NIGHTS IN RODANTHE by Nicholas Sparks is definitely one of the best, most romantic, touching and heart-captivating novel yet. Unlike his previous works that I have read and fallen immensely in love with them, Sparks pens the novel with different techniques and tells his readers a story that definitely makes them end up with boxful of damp tissues. The story tells us how a divorce woman finds her true love, after her husband left her for another young woman. Despite being trashed and appalled, Adrienne by fate has met Paul, 54-year-old surgeon who has a shadowed past. Having neglected his wife and son which ended up the wife filing for divorce and for once being unsuccessful in an operation, Paul went to a bed-and-breakfast inn in Rodanthe, the same Inn where Adrienne worked – just to help her friend over the weekend.
Sparks and chemicals ignites as the two progresses from unknown strangers to something beyond the reader’s expectations. The way Sparks tells the story is totally amazing. As he tactfully and precisely describes the details wherever appropriate and with his amazing thesaurus and vocabulary, the novel has truly captivated my attention and desire to flip page after page. The urge to find out the entire story Adrienne was telling her daughter, Amanda is totally tempting. The novel is written in such a way that Adrienne and Paul’s amazing love story is told from the perspective of Adrienne to her daughter in her kitchen.
Anyone of you who read Sparks’ novel would definitely find this novel an absolutely worth-reading novel and perhaps you could be like me, totally amazed and astonished for his flawless work and the way he tells the story. Sparks has definitely packed all the essential elements of a romantic novel in this work and after reading it, you’ll know why so many people give him extremely positive feedback!
If anyone of you wants to look for a good novel or venture into something different apart from Stephenie Meyer, J K Rowling, C S Lewis and other authors, Nicholas Sparks is definitely one American author you will fall immensely in love with. You will definitely not regret reading Sparks’ books.
Wonder where you can find Sparks books, visit your local bookshop now and ask them for Nicholas Sparks books! I have found some bookshops in Australia and Malaysia selling Nicholas Sparks books so if you really do want to splurge yourself with a good novel, talk to your lecturer/ teacher, inquiring them about Nicholas Sparks and drop by any bookshop to pick up your personal copy!
Kuching – MPH Bookstores, The Spring
Perth – Angus and Robertson, Borders
Singapore – Kinokuniya
*while stock lasts
Thus, what to do on a weekend besides studying? Grab a Nicholas Sparks and I am sure you’ll see the sparks between your inner self and his writings as the phrases and sentences bring you to another romantic world where you never expect before! So, have you found your sparks in life?
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