From Nicholas Sparks’ breakout hit, The Notebook—written when he was just 28 years old—to such blockbusters as Message in a Bottle, Dear John and Nights in Rodanthe, there’s no disputing that the international mega-bestselling author “knows how to tug at a reader's heartstrings” (Chicago Sun-Times). Now Sparks has returned with a new emotionally wrenching tale that will thrill his legions of devoted fans and keep them totally enthralled. In that vein, it’s a good time to listen to People magazine and “grab a Chardonnay” for another unforgettable “date with Sparks.”
The Best of Me is the heart-rending story of two former high school sweethearts from a small town—and from far opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve each taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they always imagined…and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the beloved mentor who long ago gave them shelter when they needed it most, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.
Hardcover Book : 304 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group, USA ( October 11, 2011 )
Item #: 13-418654
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.68inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I have always loved Mr. Sparks' books, however I may have read my last one. I am so tired of so much death in his books. These are ROMANCE novels, where's the happy ending? They are fiction, he can end them any way he chooses. I often wondered why he seems obsessed with death, until I read his biography, there were a lot of untimely deaths in his family, maybe that's all he knows. Use some imagination Nic...or take lessons from somewhere else. I got mad with At First Sight/True Believer but kept reading. Now I feel I'm wasting my money.
I have read all of Sparks books! I enjoyed this one, but like some of the other reviewers commented on, his books are getting a little too predictable.
I stopped reading Danielle Steele books many years back because her books became very predictable. Unfortunately, Nicholas Sparks has also fallen prey to the "formula." Star crossed lovers + rich, un-accepting parents + crazed lunatic bent on revenge = Sparks' next book.
Save your money or just take it out from the library.
Reviewer: Tracy F
I did not feel that this was one of his best books. The characters did not seem "real" and the story did not develop. I don't know about anyone else, but I had figured out where this was going mid-way into the book. Frankly, felt that this book was a downer. Kept reading because I hoped it would get better.
Can only equate it to some of Danielle Steele's books where it seems like she is just writing a book to fill the gap not because it is a good book.
Same book, same ending, How about a book that ends with everyone living? "Lost interest about half way."