After forgetting their twenty ninth wedding anniversary, Wilson Lewis realizes that he and his wife, Jane, aren't the same people they were when they got married. Countless years of missing family dinners and soccer games for "meetings that ran late" at the office have finally caught up to him as he sees that his wife has fallen out of love with him and is seriously considering leaving. He is a man unable to express his emotions and when he starts to feel the weight of his actions push down on his unstable marriage, he panics and becomes desperate for a way to prove to Jane that he cannot live without her. Wilson's in-laws, Noah and Allie Calhoun, who were initially introduced in one of Sparks' previous and very popular novels The Notebook, provide for him an example of what a relationship should be; they've been married for over fifty years. He uses Noah and Allie's relationship as a guide to help him find a way to win Jane's love again, even though he feels that he may have already caused too much damage to repair.
While all of this is going on, Wilson and Jane's daughter, Anna, becomes engaged. Wilson sees this as the perfect opportunity to show his wife how much she really means to him. After discussing it with Anna, they decide to deceive Jane into thinking that Anna and her fiancée have chosen to have their wedding very quickly - in just a few weeks. Jane is surprised by the decision and is a bit apprehensive about the idea, but knows that she has to bite her tongue if she wants to be included in the wedding plans. Anna and Jane begin to plan the wedding, and Anna agrees with almost every suggestion Jane makes. While she makes a mental note of it, Jane doesn't really pay much attention to this. However, Anna and Wilson know something that Jane doesn't know - Jane is planning her own wedding. The question is, though, will Wilson have the courage to pull all this off? And will Jane take him back, or leave him anyway? Is this gesture enough to make up for all the things Wilson has done wrong over the last thirty years?
1. If you were Jane, a married woman left to bring up her children because her husband became consumed by his work; a woman who gave up on her marriage long ago because the pain was too much to deal with, would this gesture be enough to forgive your husband?
2. If you were Wilson, how would you feel knowing you were the reason for your own wife's suffering? Does this gesture seem appropriate to you? If not, what would you do to win back her affection and prove to her that it won't come to that again?