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I managed 8 chapters of it (Since then, managed to page 267, it still didn't improve for me)
on 1 June 2017
I finished chapter 8 (page 184) and decided to stop there. It's OK, an easy read but it lacks conflict. Any conflict that it does have seems to be internal. Nothing much gets in the way between the two. I'm surprised to have gotten that far in to a book and so little happen.
I had read The Notebook some time ago and didn't enjoy it (gave it 1 star) and eventually decided to try Message in A Bottle, and while I found it an improvement on The Notebook, it just doesn't make me want to read further. I now know that I'll stop at this point with Nicholas Sparks.
Cooking meals, having drinks, walking on the beaches, talking and some love making (the last thing I read) lol, isn't very interesting for me to read about.
Edit: I since read more of the book, to page 267, the experience didn't improve for me, so I stopped there.