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Monday, 17 October 2011

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Best of Me

They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks ? with a passion that would change their lives for ever. But life would force them apart. Years later, the lines they had drawn between past and present are about to slip ...Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter when they needed it most, they are faced with each other once again, and forced to confront the paths they chose. Can true love ever rewrite the past? The new epic love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Notebook and The Last Song. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved authors.

As with all of Nicholas Sparks books, this is beautifully written and a great story. Packed full of emotion, Sparks looks at the story from many different angles, looking at the repercussions from many characters perspectives.

Dawson and Amanda are the main characters within The Best of Me. Their relationship is the basis of the story, Amanda was rich, well respected and beautiful, Dawson was abused and unloved and nearly died following an explosion on the oil rigs he works on.Their families try to destroy their relationship, and they are left to lead separate lives away from each other. Following the death of their mentor, Tuck Hostetler, they are bought back together first the first time since they were teenagers.

There is plenty of opportunity to learn about both characters backgrounds, while also introducing many other characters into the story too. There is a dramatic climax to the story which also has a will they or won't they subplot included. 

I like Sparks' style of writing, it is so believable and has an ability to loose yourself in his world, the characters are also believable and people you would see in everyday life. I lost many an hour reading this book and found it an enjoyable read. The book talks about first love, something that most people can relate to - that one relationship that had to finish but always has a place in your heart that you remember with a smile on your face.

I would recommend this to all Sparks' fans and anyone who wants a good book to loose themselves in on these long autumn evenings.

Thank you to the publishers, Sphere, for sending me the book to review.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this book too.

    Great review. I agree the characters are folks we see in everyday life. Maybe that is what gives Nicholas Sparks books such appeal