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Publisher's Summary

When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love.

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

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Can't put down story!

Sparks does it again with a story you can't put down until you find out what happens. As you read the book you start to care a lot about the people in the story and what happens to them. There is excitement, mystery, and romance (without the trash).

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Simplistic, light listening.

The narrator is good, the story is fine. It is simplistic, but once in a while it is good to just listen light.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good Read

This was my third Sparks book that I have read, and I'd say it was the best of the three so far. It had the right amount of love and excitment, although a bit predictable. A nice easy "read", definitely recommended for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The characters are easy to like (mostly).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed Very Much

A good listen. Made my long comutte much more enjoyable. Actually sat in the car (in the driveway) just so that I could finish the last chapter - LOL!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Good read but a bit to cheesy for me.

Not the best Nicholas Sparks book I've read. This was a good book but i found much of it to be a bit to gushy which usually is difficult thing for me to say.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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my favorite Nicholas Sparks book ever!

I've read this book a few times! wish it were a movie too. all time favorite!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Another amazing love story to touch you!

This story will grip your heart, and make you smile with tears in your eyes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Sensible

Un argumento lleno de sensibilidad, toca muchos sentimientos y emociones del ser humano en la búsqueda de la felicidad. Excelente narrador, un gran trabajo, felicidades. Me encantó

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

This book made you feel what the characters were feeling you felt their joy as well as their pain it was a tear jerker or A very heart felt book I loved it as I love all of his other novels. Mr Sparks knows how to touch everyone's heart as always Thank you for another great novel.

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Taylor needed to go to a therapist

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Send Taylor to a therapist immediately.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not. It would be too sappy. And I was mostly annoyed with Taylor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 07-15-16

Narrator made the story

Narrator did a wonderful job of making this story come to life. Easy story to listen too.

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