Then, one day, a raging, record-breaking storm hits his small Southern town. Denise Holton, a young single mother, is driving through it when her car skids off the road. With her is her four-year-old son, Kyle. Unconscious and bleeding, she - not Kyle - is found. And when she wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them: Kyle is gone.
During the search for Kyle, the connection, the lifeline, between Taylor and Denise takes root. Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will lead him to the possibility of his own rescue from a life lived without love. That it will dare him to live life to the fullest by daring to love.
©2000 by Nicholas Sparks; ©2000 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
I agree with others, it is rather sickeningly sweet, but it's not BAD either. It's not a romance novel, at least. It is somewhat predictable, but it's good if you just want an easy read. If you're looking for complex plot lines, you won't find them here, but there is some subtle complexity to the story, if you use your brain enough to look for it.
I love the narrator, he did a wonderful job.
I could barely get through this book, it was so sickly sweet and painfully predictable. There was nothing interesting or complex about the characters or the plot, it was like listening to a soap opera.
I loved the narrator, he was wonderful. I still keep hearing "he's driving" and "muni!" as the narrator's impression of Kyle. Another great Nicholas Spark's novel but what this really special was the narrator. He's excellent.
I thought this was a great book. I don't think any of the scenes were too long at all. You could really relate to what was happening in the book, between the scare of Kyle's disappearance, the new feelings of love, the frustration of love and the need to communicate. It was just fantastic. This has made me a fan of Nicholas Sparks.
The publisher description makes the story sound like it is more about a rescue than a romance.
This story is almost completely a romance - albeit a pretty good one - so will be disappointing if you're looking for anything else.
I agree with the review that says it's the kind of book you can't put down because you want to know what's coming next. However, I just have to say that this book really surprised me. The only other book I've read by Nicolas Sparks is "A Walk to Remember." I was expecting this book to be as clean and full of Christian themes and references as "A Walk to Remember." But I have to warn you, it's not! The romance isn't as innocent as the one in "A Walk to Remember." The book definitely has more R-rated content than I was expecting. I suppose that the reason is because the author is writing about a romance between two adults, not two teenagers falling in love for the first time. But even then, I don't think it's necessary to put in stuff like the two main charachters having pre-marital sex.
There are also parts of the book that are really long. For instance, the search for Kyle seemed to go on and on. And there are pretty lengthy descriptions of some fire scenes and things like that. But it's not without cause. The long scenes do reveal important tid-bits about the characters and that sort of thing. But they just went on for too long for me. I just wanted to hear more about the relationship between the main characters.
Also, this book didn't make me cry either like "A Walk to Remember."
But something that I liked about the book was that the characters seemed pretty psycologically believable to me. All the characters just made a lot of sense--they didn't seem like fairy tale creatures that you know could never exist in a real world. And I could relate parts of me with parts of certain characters too.
I also want to mention that I think the narrator does a great job. His voice does sound a little too deep for Kyle's voice sometimes but other than that, his voice is very pleasant, suitable for this book, and easy to listen to and enjoy.
Typical Sparks story - simple plot line, but sweet. However, the narrator has to go. Worst Sparks narration I've ever heard.
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