The first word I thought to describe this book was: gooey... yup, gooey, not gushy or mushy BUT gooey. Absolute romantic sweetness that can be a bit much when you're not a lover of chick lits.This is the third Nicholas Sparks book I've read and he has not failed in squeezing those tears from my heart. Theresa Osborne found a message in a bottle which touched her inner being. In fact, it gotten to her so bad, she really had to meet this person. The rest, you'd have to read for yourself.I knew that it was going to be a tissue-box-next-to-you kinda book and 20 pages shy of the last page, it just clicked and I knew something was happening. YET... I resisted the tears and was feeling pretty proud of myself until... I hit the last 5 pages... **sigh** what can I say *shame-faced*? I just can't help myself!