Nicholas Sparks Books in Order (25 Book Series)

Nicholas Sparks’ novels mostly use the elements of love, loss, fate, and destiny. The books beautifully explain the connection between people and how the relationship of love has so many components attached to it.

There are 23 romantic fiction novels and 2 non-fiction books written by Nicholas Sparks. More than 115 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, and they have been translated into around 50 different languages.

Sl. No.Nicholas Sparks Books in Order
1)Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding (1990)
2)The Notebook (1996)
3)Message in a Bottle (1998)
4)A Walk to Remember (1999)
5)The Rescue (2000)
6)A Bend in the Road (2001)
7)Nights in Rodanthe (2002)
8)The Guardian (2003)
9)The Wedding (2003)
10)Three Weeks with My Brother (2004)
11)True Believer (2005)
12)At First Sight (2005)
13)Dear John (2007)
14)The Choice (2007)
15)The Lucky One (2008)
16)The Last Song (2009)
17)Safe Haven (2010)
18)The Best of Me (2011)
19)The Longest Ride (2013)
20)See Me (2015)
21)Two by Two (2016)
22)Every Breath (2018)
23)The Return (2020)
24)The Wish (2021)
25)Dreamland (2022)

Nicholas Sparks’ Biography

Nicholas Sparks, born on December 31st, 1965, in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, is an American novelist, film producer, and screenwriter. All his novels have been on the New York Times Best Seller list; 15 novels have been ranked #1 on the list; and 11 novels have been adapted into feature films.

Sparks is from New Bern, North Carolina, and almost all of his stories take place in North Carolina. Nicholas Sparks has taken inspiration from the people in his life to write his novels. He has also named some of the protagonists after the names of his children.

Nicholas Sparks Books in Order

Nicholas Sparks has written 25 books in total, of which 2 are non-fiction collaboration novels. All 19 of his novels are based on different characters and can be read in any order.

Among the remaining 4 books, The Wedding (2003) is a sequel to The Notebook (1996), and At First Sight (2005) is a sequel to True Believer (2005). The books have been arranged in order of publishing date.

1) Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding (1990)

Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding (1990)

Wokini is a Lakota word that means a peaceful and happy life. Published on July 1, 1990, Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding is an inspirational novel written by Nicholas Sparks and Billy Mills.

This book is Nicholas’ first published work and is also one of his two collaboration novels.

Inspired by a Native American legend, the book shows us how to discover the truth within ourselves and find peace. Each chapter contains a unique lesson.

The book teaches us the art of living a balanced and healthy life by accepting responsibility, adapting to changes, knowing our dreams, setting goals, controlling our thoughts, having the right attitude, and finding the truth within ourselves.

2) The Notebook (1996)

The Notebook (1996)

Published on October 1st, 1996, The Notebook is a romance novel revolving around the characters Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton. The story is inspired by the deep connection shared between Nicholas’ wife’s grandparents.

The Notebook has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than a year. In 2004, a film of the same name was released. An Indian Bollywood film titled Zindagi Tere Naam has also been made based on the novel.

31-year-old Noah returns home from the war. Allie, 29 years old, meets him after 14 years. They remember their past romance. The couple had to separate because of a difference in class.

Allie was born into a wealthy family, whereas Noah worked as a laborer. Noah reveals that he sent her letters for a year after they separated, and Allie realizes that her mother hid those letters. As time passes, the two come closer and make love. But Allie’s fiancé, Lon, is waiting for her, and she needs to make a choice. Who will she choose?

3) Message in a Bottle (1998)

Message in a Bottle (1998)

Published on April 1, 1998, Message in a Bottle is Nicholas Sparks’ second romance novel. The book was inspired by Nicholas’ parents. The plot revolves around Theresa Osborne, a divorced mother grieving the loss of her love.

The story is set in the 1990s in North Carolina. Message in a Bottle is Nicholas Sparks’ first book to receive a film adaptation.

Theresa Osborne is a divorced woman still grieving her past. She has a hard time believing in romantic relationships. While jogging on the beach, she finds a bottle.

There is a love letter from Garrett inside the bottle, addressed to Catherine. Garrett is unable to bear the loss of his beloved wife. He continues to live like he used to, but he feels lost without her.

He admits that his promises were lies and that he cannot replace her with anyone. After reading the letter, Theresa experiences strange emotions that she cannot understand and decides to meet this man, the man who will change her life forever.

4) A Walk to Remember (1999)

A Walk to Remember (1999)

Published in October 1999, A Walk to Remember is the third romance novel by Nicholas Sparks. The book is inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ sister, Danielle Sparks Lewis, who died of cancer in June 2000.

The story is set in the 1950s in Beaufort, North Carolina, and focuses on a teenage boy named Landon Carter. The novel received a film adaptation, which was released on January 25, 2002.

Landon is the 17-year-old son of a friendly congressman. His father wants him to become the class president, which he does with the help of a friend.

But when Landon is asked to attend the school dance with a date, he is unable to find a suitable girl. Having no choice, he reluctantly agrees to go out with Jamie Sullivan, a religious teenager and the daughter of the church minister.

After the date, the two of them gradually come closer despite their differences. But when Landon proposes to her, she refuses him and reveals that she is dying from leukaemia.

Her condition grows severe, and Landon decides to marry her regardless and fulfil her dream.

5) The Rescue (2000)

The Rescue (2000)

Originally published in 2000, The Rescue is the fourth romance novel written by the American novelist, Nicholas Sparks. The book ranked #2 on the New York Times Best Seller list on October 8, 2000.

It ranked No. 1 the following week. Nicholas revealed that the inspiration for this book is his son, Ryan Cote Sparks. The story revolves around the character of Taylor McAden.

Taylor McAden is a volunteer fireman. It is easier for him to take huge risks and save lives than to fall in love. Taylor has rescued numerous women from danger, but it was all professional.

Denise Holton is the single mother of a 4-year-old son, Kyle Holton. Her son has severe learning disabilities, but Denise only has Kyle to call her family.

A terrible storm hits the town, and Denise and Kyle are in danger. Taylor manages to save Denise, but Kyle is nowhere to be found. After Denise regains consciousness, she and Taylor try to find Kyle.

But Taylor doesn’t know that this bond between him and Denise will become more special.

6) A Bend in the Road (2001)

A Bend in the Road (2001)

Published in 2001, A Bend in the Road is Nicholas Sparks’ fifth romance novel. Bob, Nicholas’ brother-in-law, is the book’s inspiration.The story revolves around the character of Miles Ryan.

Miles Ryan is a deputy sheriff living in New Bern, North Carolina. His wife, Missy, was killed in a hit-and-run accident, and he wants to bring her killer to justice.

Miles is still mourning the loss of his beloved wife. He also needs to look after their young son, Jonah. One day, he meets Jonah’s second-grade teacher, Sarah Andrews. Sarah is a young woman who recently shifted to New Bern to start a new life. She is recovering from a divorce.

Miles and Sarah soon fall in love with each other, but neither of them realizes that a shocking truth lies hidden from them, and its disclosure might make them question everything, including their love.

7) Nights in Rodanthe (2002)

Nights in Rodanthe (2002)

Nicholas Sparks’ sixth romance novel, Nights in Rodanthe, was first published in September 2002. The book is inspired by life events that took place in Sparks’ life. Set in Rodanthe, North Carolina, the story revolves around the characters of Adrienne Willis and Paul Flanner.

The book has been adapted into a film of the same name, which was released in 2008.

The year is 2002. Adrienne Wills is narrating to her daughter the details of her relationship with Paul Flanner, whom she met in 1988.

Adrienne’s husband left her for a younger woman. Devastated, she arrives at an inn in Rodanthe to take a break. A huge storm has been forecast, and there is nobody at the inn except a divorced 54-year-old man named Paul Flanner.

The two instantly fall in love and start a romantic relationship. But they soon realize that once they leave the town, they will be separated forever.

Having no choice, both of them agreed to fulfil their responsibilities. They stay connected via letters until Paul passes away.

8) The Guardian (2003)

The Guardian (2003)

Published in 2003, The Guardian is the seventh romance novel written by American author Nicholas Sparks. The book uses obsessive love as one of its main elements. The story is set in Swansboro, North Carolina.

The sudden death of her husband, Jim, left Julie Barenson devastated. He departed with two gifts: a puppy she named Singer and a promise that he will always be watching her.

Four years later, Julie has moved on from this tragedy and decided to date again. Jim’s close friend Richard Franklin looks like the right man for her. But another man she dated earlier, Mike Harris, has returned. He treated her like a princess, but she rejected him.

The obsessed Mike now stalks Julie and turns her life into a nightmare. Can Julie survive her obsessive lover?

9) The Wedding (2003)

The Wedding (2003)

The Wedding is Nicholas Sparks’ eighth romance novel. It came out in September 2003 and is a follow-up to The Notebook.

The story revolves around the lives of Noah and Allie’s daughter, Jane, and her husband, Wilson Lewis.

It’s been 30 years since Wilson and Jane’s marriage. Everything seems to have fallen apart now. Wilson isn’t even sure if his wife loves him anymore.

He struggles to express his feelings, but he knows that he loves his wife more than ever. The story of his in-law’s 50-year love affair inspires Wilson to win Jane’s heart back.

As Wilson and Jane’s daughter’s wedding approaches, he plans to re-court his wife to save their relationship.

10) Three Weeks with My Brother (2004)

Three Weeks with My Brother (2004)

Nicholas Sparks and his brother Micah Sparks co-wrote the memoir Three Weeks with My Brother, which came out in April 2004.The book contains the details of the brothers’ trip around the world.

It also contains an account of their memories from childhood to adulthood. They journey to places like Machu Picchu, the Eastern Islands, and the Indian subcontinent.

This trip has helped the brothers find deeper meanings in life, love, and loss. Three Weeks with My Brother is Nicholas Sparks’ second collaboration novel.

The book also contains a few personal photographs of the authors from their childhood.

11) True Believer (2005)

True Believer (2005)

Published in 2005, True Believer is Nicholas Sparks’ ninth romance novel. The story takes place in Boone Creek, North Carolina, and focuses on the characters of Jeremy Marsh and Lexie Darnell.

Jeremy Marsh lives in New York. He writes for the magazine ‘Scientific American’ and is an expert in debunking the supernatural. He receives a letter that reports sightings of ghostly lights near a cemetery in Boone Creek.

Unable to resist an investigation, he travels to the town. Jeremy feels like the trip will be over in a week; however, faith has decided something else for him.

When he first sees Lexie, an orphan who runs a library in Boone Creek, he cannot turn his eyes away from the beautiful woman. The two fall in love, but Jeremy needs to make a difficult choice.

Staying with Lexie will mean bidding farewell to his home in New York. But he must follow his heart.

12) At First Sight (2005)

At First Sight (2005)

Originally published on October 18, 2005, At First Sight is Nicholas Sparks’ tenth romance novel and the sequel to True Believer. The story is set in North Carolina, USA.

In True Believer, after Jeremy proposes, the couple moves to New York and gets ready to move Jeremy to his new home in Boone Creek.Lexie asks Jeremy to keep their baby a secret, as she doesn’t want people to get the wrong idea.

However, after the couple returns to Boone Creek, Jeremy loses motivation to write for the magazine. Plus, there’s the huge stress of buying a house for his new family.

They also need to welcome the baby. Lexie’s grandmother, Dorris, is a town psychic. She gives Jeremy her journal and asks him to write about it for a new column in the hope that it will help him out.

13) Dear John (2007)

Dear John (2007)

Published on August 7, 2007, Dear John is the eleventh romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks. The book was adapted into a film of the same name in 2010.

The protagonist of the story is John Tyree. He falls in love with a woman named Savannah. But the couple had to separate because of John’s military service.

John’s father was a single parent. He failed to bond with John, and now he suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. Upon hearing the news of his father’s death, John returns home and finds out that Savannah is now married to another man.

It is evident to the three of them that Savannah still has feelings for John. But John decides to let her go because he cares for her more than he cares about himself.

14) The Choice (2007)

The Choice (2007)

Published on September 24, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing, The Choice is Nicholas Sparks’ twelfth romance novel. The story is based on the characters of Travis Parker and Gabby Holland.

The novel has been adapted into a film of the same name, which was released on February 1, 2016.

Part 1: Travis is living a perfect life. He has a good job and wonderful friends all around him.To make things better, a young woman named Gabby Holland becomes his new neighbor. They both slowly fall in love with each other.

Part 2: After a terrible accident, Gabby is lying in a hospital in a comatose state. The doctors tell Travis that she may never wake up again.

Now Travis needs to make the difficult choice of either taking her off life support or sending her to hospice care. Travis sends her to hospice care, and Gabby returns home after 3 months.

15) The Lucky One (2008)

The Lucky One (2008)

The Lucky One is Nicholas Sparks’ thirteenth romance book, and it came out in September 2008. The story revolves around the life of a U.S. marine named Logan Thibault, who finds a miraculous photograph that changes his life forever.

The book uses the elements of fate and destiny. The novel has also been adapted into a film of the same name, which was released in 2012.

Logan Thibault, a U.S. marine, finds a photograph of a smiling woman while he is deployed in Iraq and decides to keep it. Soon after, he wins several poker games and narrowly survives a battle.

His best friend, Victor, says that the photograph is his lucky charm. Logan, now motivated, sets out to find the woman and soon finds her.

The woman is Elizabeth Green, a divorced mother. The two of them fall in love, and Logan decides to keep the photograph a secret.

But Elizabeth finds out about it and is disappointed. Plus, her ex-husband, a powerful man, threatens to destroy their lives.

16) The Last Song (2009)

The Last Song (2009)

Published on September 1, 2009, The Last Song is Nicholas Sparks’ fourteenth novel. The book has been specifically written as a basis for the adaptation of a film by the same name.

The film was released on March 31, 2010 in the USA. The story revolves around 17-year-old Ronnie (Veronica) Miller, who is trying to bond with her estranged father.

Ronnie is a 17-year-old teenager. She and her younger brother, Jonah, live with their mother, Kim. Her parents are divorced, and Kim decides to leave the kids at her ex-husband Steve’s house for the summer.

They soon arrive at Steve’s residence. Ronnie slowly reconnects with her father through music. She also meets a guy named Will, and the two develop feelings for each other.

Soon, Ronnie learns that Steve is dying of cancer. She composes a song for him on the piano and helps install a window. Kim arrives to bid Steve a proper goodbye.

17) Safe Haven (2010)

Safe Haven (2010)

Safe Haven is the fifteenth romance book by American author Nicholas Sparks. It came out in September 2010.The plot takes place in Southport, North Carolina.

The protagonist of the story is Erin Tierney (Katie). The book has been adapted into a film of the same name, which was released in 2013.

Katie is alone in Southport, North Carolina, and her only friend is Jo. She meets a widower named Alex and instantly becomes friends with his kids.

Alex shows interest in her, and the two of them fall in love. Katie reveals that her real name is Erin Tierney, and she is hiding from her abusive husband. But her husband hunts her down, and Katie shoots him to death.

Later, Alex gives her a letter that his late wife Carly wrote him. Carly mentions that her friend called her Jo. She also wants the woman Alex loves, Katie, to take care of the children.

Katie finds out that Jo isn’t real and that it was actually Alex’s wife, Carly’s Ghost, all along.

18) The Best of Me (2011)

The Best of Me (2011)

Published on October 11, 2011, The Best of Me is Nicholas Sparks’ sixteenth romance novel. It ranked second in Publisher’s Weekly. The story takes place in Louisiana, and the main characters are Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier.

The book has been adapted into a film of the same name, which was released on October 17, 2014. The Best of Me novel has been translated into around 40 different languages.

Dawson Cole’s surrogate father, Tuck Hostetler, passes away, but he has one last wish that Dawson needs to carry out. He meets Amanda Collier, his ex-girlfriend who is now married, and they both need to scatter Tuck’s ashes in an old cabin that he owned.

Amanda realizes that she still loves Dawson. Her mother calls to inform her that Amanda’s son, Jared, was severely injured in an accident and damaged an artery.

If he does not receive a heart soon, he will die. Meanwhile, Dawson’s father, Tommy, shoots him in the chest. Amanda goes back to Tuck’s house and finds a letter in which Dawson confesses his love for her.

One year later, it is revealed that Dawson has died, and the heart Jared received is his.

19) The Longest Ride (2013)

The Longest Ride (2013)

Published on September 17, 2013, The Longest Ride is Nicholas Sparks’ seventeenth romance novel. The book was adapted into a film of the same name, which was released on April 10, 2015.

The story is narrated from the perspectives of three people: Ira Levinson, a 91-year-old widower; Sophia Danko, a young college student; and Luke, a cowboy.

Ira Levinson is barely surviving because his late wife, Ruth, continues to remain in his memory. His car crashes in an isolated location.

Sophia Danko lives a few miles away, and her life changes when she unexpectedly falls in love with a cowboy named Luke.

The two of them have little in common, but their deep love for each other connects them together.

20) See Me (2015)

See Me (2015)

Published on October 13, 2015, See Me is the eighteenth romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks. The main characters of the story are Colin Hancock and Maria Sanchez.

Colin Hancock has a history of violence and bad decisions. But now he wants to walk the straight path and get his teaching degree. He has no desire to be in a serious relationship right now.

Maria Sanchez has a prestigious job and a flawless professional track record. But she has a tragic past of her own that makes her question her beliefs.

Both Colin and Maria meet on a rain-swept road and unexpectedly fall in love with each other. But the dark events from Maria’s life resurface, and if they don’t fight now, these terrible demons from the past will leave their dreams shattered.

21) Two by Two (2016)

Two by Two (2016)

Published on October 4, 2016 Two by Two is Nicholas Sparks’ nineteenth novel. The story is set in Charlotte, North Carolina. The protagonist of the story is Russ Green.

The year is 2015. Russ Green is a 35-year-old hardworking husband and father. He has been married to Vivian for seven years. They have a daughter together named London.

Vivan has been a stay-at-home mom since London’s birth while Russ earns for the family. His job at an ad agency, although successful, is stressful.

Russ has been forced to work day and night, which makes him miss out on many important events with his family. He is helpless, but he tries to justify his fate by reminding himself of his role as the family’s breadwinner.

22) Every Breath (2018)

Every Breath (2018)

Originally published on June 26, 2018, Every Breath is the twentieth romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks. The story is set in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. The plot focuses on the characters of Hope Anderson and Tru Wall.

Hope Anderson is a 36-year-old trauma nurse whose father is suffering from a progressive neurodegenerative disease. She comes to visit her family at Sunset Beach for a week.

Tru Wall is a 42-year-old safari guide who arrives at Sunset Beach with some intentions. Hope and Tru meet and fall in love. But they soon realize that they need to confront reality.

Hope wants to become a mother, but she knows that Tru cannot make her dream come true because of a medical condition.

Although Tru tries his best to stay with Hope, her decision to go back to her boyfriend leaves both of them devastated.

23) The Return (2020)

The Return (2020)

Published on August 10, 2020, The Return is Nicholas Sparks’ twenty-first romance novel. The protagonist of the story is Dr. Trevor Benson, a disabled veteran. The plot takes place in New Bern, North Carolina.

After being severely injured, disabled veteran Trevor Benson returns to his grandfather’s farm in New Bern. He falls in love with a married woman, Sheriff Natalie Masterson.

Although Natalie seems to reciprocate his feelings, she still acts frustratingly distant.

What could she be hiding? There is also this runaway teenage girl, Callie, who might know something about Trevor’s grandfather’s mysterious death. But Callie has some secrets of her own.

24) The Wish (2021)

The Wish (2021)

Published on September 28, 2021, The Wish is Nicholas Sparks’ twenty-second romance novel. The timeline switches between the years 1996 and 2019. The story revolves around Maggie Dawes, a renowned photographer.

At present, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer in New York, slowly dying from cancer. A young man named Mark arrives at her gallery to work as her assistant. She starts a friendship with him and narrates her love story.

In 1996, a 16-year-old pregnant Maggie had to leave her home and live with her aunt in Ocracoke to hide the pregnancy. There, she met her tutor, Bryce, and both of them fell in love with each other.

While narrating the story, Maggie and Mark become good friends, and Maggie tells him that she is longing to see the baby she put up for adoption.

25) Dreamland (2022)

Dreamland (2022)

Published on September 20, 2022, Dreamland is the twenty-third romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks. The story revolves around the lives of Colby Mills, Morgan Lee, and Beverly.

Colby Mills wanted to become a musician, but a tragedy forced him to work as a farmer in a small town in North Carolina. He meets Morgan Lee, a successful musician from a wealthy family, and the two of them fall in love.

Meanwhile, Beverly, a young mother, is escaping her abusive husband with her six-year-old son. She is running out of money, but the dangers seem to chase her even more.

Beverly unexpectedly meets Colby and Morgan, and the 3 of them must learn to forget their past and pursue their dreams.

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