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Message in a Bottle

The romance: When Theresa finds a love letter in a bottle on the beach, she decides to track down whoever wrote the heartfelt words. Alas, she discovers Garret — a studly shipbuilder who lost his wife tragically early — and although the two fall in love, he has a hard time moving past his experiences.

The lesson: It's important to let go of your past so that you can enjoy your present. Struggling to get over an ex? Tie up emotional loose ends and create the closure you need so that you can find happiness in another person.

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A Walk to Remember

The romance: When Landon, the popular rebel, is forced to work with good girl Jamie on the school play, he's sure they'll have nothing in common. The unlikely pair quickly fall in love, though, and he does everything he can to make her dreams come true before it's too late.

The lesson: When it comes to finding love, don't rule anyone out based on your first assumptions of their character. People can surprise you, but you have to learn to trust your intuition and be open to the possibility.

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The Notebook

The romance: Allie's head over heels for her handsome fiancé Lon, but she still can't seem to close the door on Noah, her long lost Summer love. To be sure of her feelings, she decides to visit Noah one last time — and falls right back in love with him: "It still isn't over!"

The lesson: If your heart tells you that you're not ready to make a serious commitment, take a step back to see what may be causing that gut feeling. When it comes to decisions that last a lifetime, it's always best to be sure.

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Nights in Rodanthe

The romance: In the middle of an unhappy marriage and a tense relationship with her daughter, Adrienne retreats to a friend's oceanside inn for a long weekend of relaxation. A storm hits, though, and Dr. Paul — there to avoid his own life crisis — rushes in right along with the tide. After a cozy weekend, Adrienne and Paul realize that they've fallen for each other, but they aren't sure how to make it work in the real world.

The lesson: Truth is, you don't always get it right the first time. Things change, people change, and unfortunately, some relationships end up doing more harm than good. At the end of the day, you deserve to be happy.

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Dear John

The romance: Savannah and John, a soldier, fall in love while he's home on leave. The only issue? He has to return to the army. He's loyal to his duty and she does her best to be loyal to her love, but an up-and-down emotional roller coaster ensues.

The lesson: Love requires patience — and sometimes, it requires a lot of patience. Long-distance relationships are tough and compromise is necessary in every relationship, but it's important to recognize your needs and speak up when you're struggling with your feelings.

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The Last Song

The romance: Still a bit resentful of her absent father, Ronnie isn't thrilled to be staying with him for the Summer — until she meets Will, that is. Despite their different backgrounds, the two fall into a whirlwind Summer romance, one that rekindles her love for both music and her father.

The lesson: Love is at its best when you're being your truest, most genuine self. Finding joy in another person can allow you to thrive in other areas of your life, too, so don't turn away from a relationship just because you're worried about staying productive. Try to be open to love even during tough times or in unlikely situations, because you never know what it may turn into.

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The Lucky One

The romance: While he's serving in Iraq, Logan finds a photo of a woman and holds on to it as a good luck charm throughout the war. When he returns home, he sets out to find that woman, and when he does, he wonders whether fate has brought them together.

The lesson: Sometimes, pursuing love means taking a risk — and sometimes, that big risk means a big, happily-ever-after reward. Don't be afraid to go for it, because chances are you'll regret not trying much more than you'd ever regret taking the chance.

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Safe Haven

The romance: Katie is an outlaw running from a dark past who finds a spot to lay low in Southport, NC. As she begins building relationships in this small seaside community, she falls for widower Alex despite trying to keep to herself.

The lesson: Don't let a troubled past or mistakes you've made keep you from a happy future or letting people in. No matter what's happened in your life, you can always make a change and start fresh — you deserve it!

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