The Wedding is a 2003 romantic novel by Nicholas Sparks. It is about a couple who celebrates 30 years of marriage, and has been described as a sequel to Sparks' previous novel The Notebook. The book follows the life of Noah and Allie's daughter, Jane and her husband, Wilson. While they are planning their daughter's wedding, Wilson decides he needs to "re-court" his wife to save their marriage.
Wilson Lewis, a prestigious estate lawyer in New Bern and narrator of the story, is the son-in-law of Noah and Allie Calhoun, the main characters in Sparks' The Notebook. When Wilson deeply hurts his wife Jane, Noah and Allie's daughter, by forgetting their 29th wedding anniversary he sets out to discover a way to show his undying love for Jane hoping he hasn't already lost her. There is just one problem for Wilson: as a result of his cold upbringing he is unsure of how to go about making the grand gesture. Unsure of what he should do Wilson visits Noah at Creekside Extended Care Facility hoping to get a few pointers from his father-in-law. As is customary of Noah he answers Wilson's question by telling Wilson the reason he read Allie the Notebook for so many years. Noah reveals his reason was quite simply so that he and Allie might fall in love all over again.
With this knowledge in hand Wilson has to rethink what it was about him that Jane fell in love with so many years ago; his nostalgic trip takes us through his and Jane's courtship and the early years of their marriage. The only thing he learns, however, is why he fell in love with her in the first place which creates an even bigger inner debate for him: how could Jane have ever loved him to begin with. Wilson becomes certain he is losing the love of his life when Jane goes to stay with their son Joseph in New York for a few weeks leaving him behind. In a desperate panic to save his marriage to Jane, Wilson begins exercising and cooking supper once a week for her once she returns from New York. Wilson remains patient through all of his attempts knowing he will come up with just the right gift for their anniversary. It's as he is standing in their family room looking at Jane's beloved wedding photo that Wilson devises a plan that he feels is sure to make Jane fall in love with him all over again.
With the help of all of his friends and family Wilson manages to put together a special album showcasing all the things he loves so much about Jane. One night shortly after Noah has had a stroke Jane and Wilson's eldest daughter, Anna, comes to them with the shocking news that not only is she engaged but wishes to have the wedding the following weekend on their 30th Anniversary. In a lucky twist of fait, and with much help from Wilson and the loving people of New Bern, Anna and Jane are able to create the wedding of Jane's and Anna's dreams at Noah's refurbished Mansion. During the wild week of planning and preparation Jane and Wilson grow closer with each passing day, and with nearly a hundred of their closest friends and family looking on Wilson finally finds the words he has been searching for to win Jane's heart back. "
This book is a sequel to Sparks’ 1996 bestselling first novel, The Notebook, which traces the loving relationship between Jane’s father, Noah, and his ailing wife, Allie. Whether or not you have read this novel’s predecessor will have no impact on your enjoyment of this book, since the only developed tie to it is the fact that Noah is convinced that a swan that lives outside of his retirement home is actually his deceased wife Allie. This component of the novel fits neatly within the context of the novel, is quite heart-warming, and stands on its own.