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The Notebook begins several years before the Second World War. Noah Calhoun is a young man working in a lumber yard. One day, he meets Allie Nelson, a beautiful young woman, and at once falls in love with her.
Noah manages to convince Allie to go on a date with him. The two are irresistibly attracted towards each other, but there is little hope of their love ever having a happy ending. Allie is from a very wealthy and class conscious family, who would never accept Noah.
Still they spend an idyllic summer in Noah’s town, as Allie’s family is there for the season. Noah shows her an old plantation house that he intends to buy and restore when he has enough money.
Allie and Noah find delight and love in each other’s company, but soon, their romance is broken up as expected. The Nelson family prohibits them from ever seeing each other again. Allie goes back to her own home with her family.
Noah holds on to the dream however, in the intervening years. He writes regularly to Allie, but receives no reply. What neither he nor Allie know is that Allie’s mother has intercepted all the letters and has never shown them to Allie.