Message in a Bottle Book Summary and Study Guide

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In this amazing love story Theresa Osborne finds a bottle on the beach with a letter inside of it. The letter is from Garrett Blake, a widower, to his dead wife, Catherine. When Theresa reads the letter she becomes intrigued by Garrett Blake and the love he holds for his late wife. This letter leads her to search for him and when she finds him they fall in love.
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Throughout their amazing love affair a few problems arise and Theresa begins to wonder if the man she has come to love will ever get over the loss of his wife and be able to have a future with her.
The review of this Book prepared by Kaycie Miller

Theresa finds a message in a bottle on the shore of a beach in Cape Cod. The letter is from a man named Garrett to his lost love Catherine. She publishes it in her newpaper column and gets a lot of feedback. In this feedback she recieves another letter from Garrett to Catherine and she decides to find Garrett. She goes down to Wilmington, NC and meets an amazing man. Garrett and Theresa fall in love but Garrett is still in love with Catherine, his deceased wife. Will Garrett give all of his romantic attention to Theresa before its too late?
The review of this Book prepared by Catie Griffiths

Can you imagine a man who loves his deceased wife so much that he writes messages describing his love and sets them afloat in the sea? In this touching novel by Nicholas Sparks, Garrett Blake writes to Catherine. Some of his messages are found by Theresa Osborne, a columnist for "The Boston Globe." Touched by the messages, she searches for Garrett and finds him. What follows is a poignant story about the power love has in guiding our lives. Theresa, a lonely divorcee and Garrett, filled with kindness and compassion, find a relationship that is real and promises happiness. The ending is not what you would expect, but it brings a greater poignancy to the novel.

The review of this Book prepared by Maurice A. Williams

A widower finds love again in a reporter, but after he falls in love with her he realizes that their first meeting wasn't fate.
The review of this Book prepared by Michele

The female character in the book finds love notes written by the male character. As she finds out more and more about him, the more she finds herself falling in love with him as well as his words. It turns out that he has written many letters to his dead wife, because it is the only way he feels he can communicate with her. He feels the sea connects them. So in ofer to make sure she gets his messages he tosses them out into the see. This book is wonderful, it will make you cry, laugh, and long for love like this. READ IT, you won't regret it.
The review of this Book prepared by Amanda Kelley

This book revolves around the story of Theresa Osborne,
who finds a beautiful letter inside of a bottle and
Garret Blake, the man who wrote it. Their passion and
their love together is somewhat cliched, but written in
a so pretty way you almost dont notice it. After I have
finished the book I cried a lot - something I smile now
when I remember - and the following days kept me
thinking about the book. It is an adorable reading,
one you will never forget. Be completely aware of
that. Unforgettable.

The review of this Book prepared by Marco Aurelio

Another good one by Sparks. This is a love story filled with anger, confusion, hope, fears, all wrapped into one. It brought me in from page one and wouldn't let go until I was done. The letters Garrett wrote were a tad far fetched, but other then that, a great book.
The review of this Book prepared by Darcey

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over dead lover If one lover chases another...    -   she chases after him Phone/email/mail relationship    -   Yes Kind of relationship:    -   love affair by letters

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   journalist Effect of sexing    -   confident


United States    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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