Sunday, 15 July 2012

Books Read: Nicholas Sparks - The Best of Me

Source - Received from publisher to review

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?

For Dawson being a member of the Cole family has always been a curse but his childhood sweetheart Amanda and mentor Tuck could always see the good in him that the rest of the town didn't.  But when a tragic accident sends Dawson to prison he cuts himself off from those that love him and since his release has lived a solitary life by himself. 

Meanwhile Amanda has graduated from college, got married and had a family of her own but her life is not a bed of roses and she feels that there is something missing from her life.   

So when they both get a phone call advising them of the death of their old friend Tuck, they don't realise the feelings and emotions that will re-surface when they return to their hometown to meet his solicitor and encounter each other again after all of these years.  For Dawson he has the added pressure of avoiding his family whilst in town as they are out for his blood...

This was another fantastic story written by Nicholas Sparks with plenty of delightful characters as well as a few villians thrown in for good measure.  I can already see this book being made into a film like most of his previous books but am still trying to make my mind up as to who I would cast in the leading roles.  Who would you cast?

The Best of Me is out now and available in paperback or Kindle format.  Thank you Little Brown Book Group for sending me a copy of this book to review.

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