I recently finished A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks.
Miles Ryan’s life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah’s second-grade teacher. A young woman recovering from a difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New Bern hoping to start over. Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other…soon they are falling in love. But what neither realizes is that they are also bound together by a shocking secret, one that will force them to reexamine everything they believe in–including their love.
This book was pretty typical of a Sparks read. Two unsuspecting people meet in the South, and albeit difficult circumstances they fall in love.
This particular book, I managed to guess the ending to the plot twist about a fourth of the way through. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I still ripped through the pages to make sure I was right.
I am a huge Sparks fan. I don’t care how predictable or how much each book is similar, I love his books. I think he is a great writer for love. He is able to describe emotions very well that always tug at my heartstrings. I read a review that stated Sparks is like “comfort food.” And that I think is the best way to depict his work for me. I know what that I am going to get into emotions and get wrapped in the character stories, even if I know how it ends. I always am invested in his process and the story he unfolds. It is why whenever I am in a book rut, I turn to him because I know he will bring me back easily. He is my book safety net.
This particular book was not my favorite that I have read of his, but it was decent. I did appreciate that it was a little romance and mystery. It also gave way to a lot of thoughts on forgiveness. Depending on the circumstances we are put in, we are all capable of things we never could have imagined. Sparks does a good job of exploring all kinds of emotions.
Do you love or hate Nicholas Sparks?
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