Monday, December 12, 2011

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Best of Me
Contemporary Romance: 288 Pages
Publisher: Grand Central Pub.
Published: October 11th, 2011
Source: Bought
Series: None
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they 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 mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past

“There's a lot of magic between you too, ain't no denying that. And magic makes forgettin' hard.” -Tuck

What can I say? Nicholas Sparks is on my auto buy list. Once a new book of his is released, I buy it right away without an inkling of what it may be about.

A lot of friends and fellow bloggers I talk to tend to stay away from Nicholas Sparks. They don't exactly like his 'tragic' storylines. Yes, he may write about lost love, and death but there is something about his writing that pulls me right in. Every character he pens, every setting he describes, I am there. The Best of Me was no exception...

Nicholas Sparks definitely knows how to write a character. They are full of so much spunk and life. Amanda was a firecracker. She was passionate and good-willed, but she loved to stand up in what she believed in, even if that meant an argument or two. When Dawson was introduced, I noticed a sadness about him right away. He lived his life working on the oil rig and going about his mundane day-to-day tasks. He lacked passion. That immediately changed when Amanda walks back into his life. Although their reunion is taking place because of their friends death, you can notice the change in Dawson right away. He was happy again. He was in love.

The book picks up from their like a roller coaster. There are highs and lows. I laughed and I, of course cried. Just when I think Spark's can't surprise me anymore with his twists and turns, he does it to me again in The Best of Me. I was left jaw-dropped and misty eyed.

Nicholas Sparks may walk on the sad side at times, but I think his books are so much more than that. They allow you to be whisped away. To live through these great characters. Although I may need a tissue(or two) when reading a Spark's book, I cherish a book that can tug on my heartstrings. A book that can make me feel emotion. The Best of Me was just that...A book with love, loss, heart ache and joy.
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  1. I recently heard Sparks interviewed on Australian radio about this book and life in general. I have not read any of his books, but he sounded like such a genuine, thoughtful guy, that I am determined to read something by him. Good to read that this one would be a good choice.


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  3. Nicholas Sparks is one of my all-time favorite authors, because he never fails to deliver a ten star book! This is a terrific story (and soon to be a movie), and a real page turner. Dawson is such an incredible character, and his deep feelings for Amanda make this an unforgettable love story. A MUST read!


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