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
I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. I'm so glad I listened to it, Sean did an excellent job at brining this story to live! great voice and super easy to get lost in :)
Nicholas Sparks does it again! A beautiful story of loss and love with surprises. Two great love stories in one well written book. The family struggles and alcoholism hit home for me.
The whole story disappointed me.... it was as if the author couldn't make their mind up and just kept spinning story after story within the story... then meshed them up to make them link up to an odd ending. Kind of like a bad dream you have that makes no sense.
It was predictable and stayed true... miserable lives miserable ending.
His voice is just the best... I mean the best. The vocal level was soothing and keeps you calm and quiet while he spins the story out. I hated the book but loved the narrators voice so kept listening. My only complaint on my kindle I had trouble turning the volume up loud enough a little more volume for me would of been great.
There was only one redeeming quality for me and it was the narrator who just did the best job. I want to hear more of Sean Pratt I might even go outside of my normal reading choices just to listen to him.
You know they keep making movies out of this authors books and some of them I actually like. This one though.... it just tanks all the way to the end. ---- I like it when you see a DVD that says it has a Fairy Tale Ending that should tell you something.
What can I say except Nicholas Sparks did it again. I just love to listen or read his books. They are easy to follow, characters are deep and you feel like you are part of the story. Another must read for Nicholas Sparks fans.
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