Message in a Bottle

By Nicholas Sparks

218,479 ratings - 3.96* vote

Shimmering with suspense and emotional intensity - 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.Nicholas Sparks is our very best chronicler of the human heart. His stunning first novel, The Notebook, has been given by friend to friend and lover to lover all over the world as a t Shimmering with suspense and emotional intensity - takes readers on a hunt for the truth about a man and his memories,

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Book details

Paperback, 342 pages
December 1st 1999 by Warner Books

(first published April 1st 1998)

Original Title
Message in a Bottle
0446676071 (ISBN13: 9780446676076)
Edition Language

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For those of you (like me) who have seen the movie of the same name starring Kevin Costner, the end of this novel will come as no surprise. I knew what I was getting in for when I started this book and kept the tissues well-stocked. In fact, I had to stop reading it on the bus for fear of crying in public.

Instead of going into a detailed review, I'd like to share with you an excerpt of an interview Nicholas Sparks did with the NY Times after writing this novel. He shares his inspiration but I have to warn you, it is gut wrenching...

"Message in a Bottle was inspired by my father after the death of my mother. In 1989, six weeks after I was married, my mother and father went horseback riding. They were avid riders and very comfortable on horses, and were simply walking the horses along a scenic trail. For a reason that no one can explain -- we assume it was the horse, a rather skittish Arabian -- my mom fell out of the saddle, off the horse, hit her head on a rock, had a cerebral hemorrhage and died.

My mother and father had married at the age of twenty-one and my father was absolutely crushed by her death. They'd been married twenty-seven years and my father didn't have the slightest idea of what it meant to be a grown-up without my mom. A lot of people wear black to a funeral. My father wore black every day for four years. He pretty much became a recluse. He pulled away from his family and friends, he stopped going out, he stopped doing pretty much
everything. All he did was go to work and back home again. It was heart-breaking to watch.

After four long years of worrying about him, my father finally
started taking baby steps out in the world again. He started reconnecting with family and friends, eventually he started to date again -- think more years passing -- eventually he met someone in particular, eventually he fell in love again. And then one day, about seven years after my mom had died, I got a call from my father. "I'm engaged," he said.

Now, I was happy about that, not because I didn't care about my mom -- I adored her -- but because I'd been so worried about my father. Kids worry about their parents the same way parents worry about their kids, and I was glad that he'd finally found someone.

Two days after that phone call, my father was driving home late one night, fell asleep at the wheel of his car, crashed, and died . . ."

Is it better to have loved and lost then never loved at all? Nicholas Sparks says yes and after reading Message in a Bottle, I'm inclined to agree.

PS It's 100% just as good as the movie. Promise.

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Message in a Bottle, Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle is the second romance novel written by American author Nicholas Sparks.

The story, which explores the romance theme of love after grief, is set in the mid-late 1990's, then-contemporary Wilmington, North Carolina.

The 1999 film Message in a Bottle produced by and starring Kevin Costner, is based on this novel.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز ششم ماه نوامبر سال 2015 میلادی

عنوان: پیامی در بطری؛ نویسنده: نیکولاس اسپارکس؛ برگردان ارمغان جزایری؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، البرز، 1378، در 317ص، شابک 9644422295؛ چاپ پیشین کتاب با ترجمه سرکار خانم نفیسه معتکف در 390ص، توسط انتشارت لیوسا، با شابک 9645634083؛ منتشر شده است؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20م

پیامی در بطری؛ حدیث جدال با سرنوشت دو انسان سرگشته است؛ «گارت» غمگنانه، پیام عشق و دلدادگی جاودانه ی خود به همسرش «کاترین» را در بطری‌هایی به آب می‌سپارد؛ همسرش سه سال پیشتر، در تصادفی جان باخته است؛ فرسنگ‌ها آنسوتر، «ترزا» زنی که می‌کوشد، زندگی خویش را وقف تنها فرزندش نماید؛ یکی از بطری‌ها را می‌یابد؛ «ترزا» مقاله‌ نویس است، و خیانت همسرش، سبب جدایی از او شده است؛ «ترزا» پس از خوانش نامه، و پی بردن به عشق بی‌آلایش نویسنده‌ اش، آن را در روزنامه چاپ می‌کند؛ عده‌ ای از خوانشگران؛ طی تماس با دفتر روزنامه می‌گویند، که آنها نیز، نامه‌ هایی مشابه و با همین مضمون، دریافت کرده‌ اند...؛ و؛

ا. شربیانی


Okay, so it's been years since I read this book. I read it based on people telling me Nicholas Sparks was this amazing author. AND, I knew they had made a movie off of the book, and any time they do that, the book is always super good, right? TOTALLY WRONG! I remember it was one of the dumbest books ever. None of the storyline was very logical, and at the end, the main character dies, leaving you saying, "WHAT THE CRAPPITY CRAP?! HOW CAN YOU KILL OFF THE LOVER IN A LOVE STORY?" I suppose that was supposed to make it even more deep or something, but it just bugged me. I want a happily ever after, dang it! My eyeballs feel they wasted precious minutes of their life being forced to read this book. I had to apologize to them many times afterwards.


I bought this book used for fifty cents at a book sale.

I'm glad I didn't spend more money on it. What a disappointment. It dragged pretty much through the entire book & then BLAM, the end SUCKED so hard it just pissed me off & any good feelings I'd had from this book were quickly forgotten.

Aishu Rehman

Second chances,Sometimes you never know if your given the blessing of having love a 2nd time only to loose it again.This book inspires you to look at life differently and appreciate what you have before it is taken away from you!The small things become those that you treasure the most. I finished this the night. Thank you for this emotional loving book!

Poetic cell


I was looking for a good book to bring on my summer vacation about a week ago and staring at my book shelves for more than thirty minutes, I had no clue what to do. I usually pick a few books that catch my eye and suit my mood and I guess I just get a feeling for the right one. But this time, I was very uncertain just like I had been about everything that day. Eager to suppress these emotions, I decided to bring a random book. Something I would never do, that's for sure, but hey, never say never!
Anyway, I landed my eyes on this gem without knowing what I was getting myself into. This is the story about pure love from a realistic point of view, I'd say. Not many things in life turn out the way we want, but that's the beauty of it. Actually, what an extraordinary story! Perfect amount of sensuality, humor, events, descriptions and it's definitely not predictable. So easy to read, yet so thought provoking.
At one point, I had to close the book and just, think. Think about what love means to me, my expectations, past experiences and how it constantly challenges and changes us. Needless to say, I found myself connected to the pain this author wanted to portray. I usually don't cry, but I was so touched that the tears kept rolling down my cheeks long after I had finished reading the last page. Overall, a great book! Turned out to be the perfect choice for me.


I read this immediately after A Bend in the Road so Garrett's wife's death is very similar to Miles' wife but here there was no mystery but lot of love and sadness. The story starts while a success columnist who at 36 is divorced with a 12 years old son is vacationing and comes across a message in a bottle and the content is so full of raw emotions that she can't help but cry. And soon somehow it finds way to her column and soon she finds there are other letters which people found similarly to her and curious she wants to meet the guy who has so much love in his heart. So she finds the guy Garrett with the help of her Boss/Friend Diane who was a kick-ass character whom I liked a lot, Theresa not so much.

This book is seeped in emotions and like most/all of Sparks's books in set somewhere around North Carolina there are sea, beaches, boats and vacations and flings and romances along the way but like so often happen the reality and egos soon come between them and then there are the understanding and misunderstandings they have to go through all in all it was a typical Sparks book which is also tinged by tragedy here and there and I am already kinda getting over it but when I have promised myself to go through as many of these books as possible then I shall do so.

May be if you are still missing the Sparks in your lives then pick one of these books maybe you will find something to love so love and read and love and enjoy and just keep on reading.

People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genre but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is, of course, Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.


This is making my brain hurt. No more. DNF at about 60%.


If you thought "The Notebook" was a tearjerker, then get ready to have a hanky on hand and be on an emotional rollercoaster ride with Sparks's second star-crossed love story, "Message in a Bottle".

When Theresa Osborne takes a much-needed summer holiday at Cape Cod, she finds a lot more than a break from the hustle and bustle. On an early-morning jog along Cape Cod Bay, she comes across a corked bottle with a scrolled-up message inside that reads, "My Dearest Catherine, I miss you." Subsequent publication of the poignant missive in her column turns up two more letters, found by others, from the same mysterious writer, Garrett Blake.

Piqued, Theresa follows the trail to North Carolina, where she discovers that Garrett has been mourning his late wife for three years; writing the sea-borne messages is his only solace. Theresa also finds that Garrett just might be ready to love again and that she might be the woman for him. There are few surprises here as we watch the couple learn to love in Catherine's slowly waning shadow. "Someday you'll find someone special again. People who've been in love once usually do. It's in their nature."

The struggle Garrett has to forget his past and look at the future allows many readers to relate to Garrett. The fact that Garrett conquers himself may give people hope to win their own battles. "Do you really think it's possible if we don't see each other very much? When would I get to hold you? When would I be able to see your face? If we only see each other once in a while, we won't be able to do the things that we need to... to continue feeling the way we do. Every time we saw each other, we'd know it's only for a couple of days. There wouldn't be time for anything to grow."

The story relates to the inner romantic in us--whether you choose to admit it or not. It's a real tearjerker--you can't help but wish you'd also be swept up in a love like this. On the whole, it's a compassionate story of a person looking for love, meeting a person who never thought he would find love again. The relationship between Theresa and Garrett is natural and relatable; just get ready for the tears to flow when you read the ending.

Book Details:

Title Message in a Bottle
Author Nicholas Sparks
Reviewed By Purplycookie


Nicholas Sparks' second novel (after the Notebook). A classic love story.