In the fall of 1984, high-school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, 25 years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for a funeral. Neither has lived the life they imagined - and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers soon realize that everything they thought they knew - about themselves and the dreams they held dear - was not as it seemed. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?
©2011 Nicholas Sparks (P)2011 Hachette
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
You want to read 'The Best of Me' by Nicholas Sparks- Well- you really don't have to bother. You can read one of his dozens of other books and come up with the same sense of satisfaction.
Boy and girl know each other- Boy and girl are departed for a period of time- Boy and girl reunite but it's too late because some tragedy has happened and one has moved on.
The ending is ultimately depressing- but it's bittersweet. The hero of the story really does give the heroine 'the best of him.'
Nick needs to start moving on from formulations and start to make a few changes in his story lines. I think the last book I really enjoyed from Sparks was 'Dear John.' Of course it was really depressing and I cried like a baby while reading it- but at least I really connected to the characters.
There is no connecting to the characters in 'The Best of Me' and I found myself rolling my eyes at the predictable ending. The narration is well done and die hard Sparks fans will love it- but it was just 'meh' in my opinion. Although, I will admit- I probably will read his next book as I am a glutton for punishment.
3 stars overall
This book is a combination Days of our Lives, and Family Feud. I don't know how I got it as I was looking in Mysteries and Thrillers. This is no page turner, and is very touchy feely. The ending is very hokey and I knew the ending long before it came. That said it is not a bad book, and is easy listening for an unrequited love story. There is some action, the family feud part, and a hint of ghosts, but not scary ones. Not my type of book, but if you like soaps, go for it.
I originally watched the on screen version of this story, and fell in love. The controversial relationship of a married women to someone other than her husband is still a story of love nonetheless. This story is told with wonderful narration, and I found myself transported with the characters just as I was with the film.
As with all Nicholas Sparks books, you will have trouble putting this one down, it is surprising, tender, and full of suspense . Enjoy!
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