- "Love is like the wind, you can't see it
- but you can feel it"
A Walk to Remember is a novel by the American writer Nicholas Sparks, published in October 1999. It is a story of two teenagers who fall in love with each other despite the disparity of their personalities. The film adaption of the novel was released in 2002.
Landon is the only son of charismatic congressman, named Worth Carter and lives in the small, religious town of Beaufort, North Carolina. Landon's father pressures him into running for class president and he wins the election. As student body president, Landon is required to attend the school dance with a date. He asks many girls, but none are available. Jamie, the daughter of Hegbert Sullivan, the Beaufort church minister, is very religious and carries a Bible with her wherever she goes, Landon is reluctant to go to the dance with someone like her. At last, finding no other girls, he asks her. She accepts his invitation.
A few days later, Jamie asks Landon to participate in the school's production of The Christmas Angel. Despite not being very enthusiastic about participating, he agrees to it anyway. During the rehearsal, they get the chance to know each other very well and Landon begins to enjoy his time with Jamie.
One day, while they are walking home, Landon yells at Jamie and he tells her that he is not friends with her. The next day at the first show of The Christmas Angel, Jamie enters the stage dressed as the angel, making Landon spellbound by her beauty. From then, Landon realizes his feelings towards Jamie and tries to impress her. He helps her to save money to buy a gift for the children at the orphanage where she works. He takes her to Flavin's, a local restaurant, on New Year's Eve, after getting the permission of her father.
Later, it is revealed to Landon that Jamie is dying of leukemia and he does his best to help Jamie through her sickness. He later proposes marriage to her and she happily agrees. They are married in a church full of people, with Hegbert walking Jamie down the aisle.
The book ends with Landon forty years later at age 57. He still loves Jamie and wears her ring.