If you like The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

If you like The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

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The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
To save his own marriage, a middle-aged man takes inspiration from his in-law's enduring love. (catalog summary)

You asked for inspirational fiction and said that you enjoyed The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. With that in mind, I'd make the following suggestions:

Angel Light
 by Andrew Greeley
In an engaging if opportunistic plundering of publishing trends, Greeley unites angels and the Internet in a saccharine tale based on the Old Testament's Book of Tobias. Narrator Toby Tobin, a young Chicagoan, is a computer hacker who stands to inherit $10 million from his late great-uncle if he can travel to the Emerald Isle and marry his gorgeous cousin Sara Anne without revealing to her the conditions of the will. Toby proves a reluctant romancer until he's contacted in cyberspace by his guardian angel, a seraph named Raphael who persuades him to make the journey. (catalog summary)


The Course of Love by Alain De Botton
How does love survive and thrive in the long term? In Edinburgh, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love, get married, have children. But this is their story after the first flush of infatuation. As Rabih and Kirsten reform their ideals under the pressures of an average existance, they discover that love is a skill that needs to be learned, and not just experienced. (catalog summary)



Dept. of Speculation
by Jenny Offill
Jenny Offill's heroine, referred to in these pages as simply "the wife," once exchanged love letters with her husband, postmarked Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes--a colicky baby, bedbugs, a faltering marriage, stalled ambitions--the wife analyzes her predicament, invoking everything from Keats and Kafka to the thought experiments of the Stoics to the lessons of doomed Russian cosmonauts. She muses on the consuming, capacious experience of maternal love, and the near total destruction of the self that ensues from it, as she confronts the friction between domestic life and the seductions and demands of art. (catalog summary)


Home of Our Hearts
by Robin Jones Gunn
Christy and Todd both made important promises long ago. Todd assured his dad he'd stand with him if his dad ever got remarried. Christy promised her best friend she'd be there for Katie when she walked down the aisle. Both wedding days have arrived and Christy and Todd couldn't be happier. What neither of them ever guessed was that they'd need to fly halfway around the world to keep their promises and participate in the weddings of these two people they love. Plans are made, tickets are bought. They say they are learning to trust God even when the future is uncertain. However, an unexpected phone call uproots Christy and Todd the night before their flight and a frightening diagnosis leaves the young couple questioning their next decision. (catalog summary)



A Life Intercepted by Charles Martin
Twelve years ago Matthew 'The Rocket' Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and graduating as one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was selected as the #1 pick in the NFL. But on the night of the draft, after reaching the pinnacle of success, he plummeted. Accused of a crime with irrefutable evidence, he lost everything—his career, his reputation, his freedom, and the love of his life. Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, he walks out of prison with one goal—to win back his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his hometown only to discover that Audrey has taken shelter from the media and the outside world at a convent. As chance would have it, there she has found a young man with the ability to have the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Though helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and, if discovered, will be forced to return to prison for the rest of his life, he's willing to take this singular chance to prove his innocence and win back Audrey's love. (catalog summary)


Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness, but soon they are exchanging the confidences and memories. (catalog summary)



The Portable Veblen
by Elizabeth McKenzie
A young couple on the brink of marriage—the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist—find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other's dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel. Veblen (named after the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen, who coined the term "conspicuous consumption") is one of the most refreshing heroines in recent fiction. Not quite liberated from the burdens of her hypochondriac, narcissistic mother and her institutionalized father, Veblen is an amateur translator and "freelance self"; in other words, she's adrift. (catalog summary)


Rose's Garden by Carrie Brown
In the four months since Conrad Morrisey's beloved wife, Rose, died, he has let her cherished garden slide into neglect, just as he has stopped caring what he eats or wears. But there, in Rose's overgrown and unkempt garden, Conrad receives an unearthly visitor, familiar yet perplexing. What does this mean? What should he do? What would vivacious Rose have done? She would not have kept it a secret, Conrad decides, so he begins to share his story. And suddenly he finds himself at the center of Rose's life in a way he'd never experienced, learning how she touched the lives of people he barely knew. These people, from a silent, damaged young woman to the twittering ladies of Rose's drama group, shape his own days as they make unlikely pilgrimages to the garden. Conrad had thought his life was over, but something vital has yet to happen, on the wings of Rose's last message of love. Incandescent, quirky, and poignant, Rose's Garden is an unforgettable story of undying love. (catalog summary)