Anyone who has read Nicholas Sparks novels before knows that his special gift is clamping onto your heart strings and tightening relentlessly until you inevitably cry your eyes out. You know what to expect, but you still pick up the book at the airport or The Boulder Bookstore regardless of your expectations. The Best of Me is no different. If you haven’t read any works by this author, but you enjoy authors like Jodi Picoult or Nicholas Evans, whose true talents are for evoking human emotion and empathy, then you should definitely pick up a copy of this latest one:
Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier fell in love in high school-he was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks and she was the typical wealthy girl next door. They found something true and honest in one another, but the odds (and her parents) were against them. The relationship fell apart and they both tried to move on. More than two decades later, the death of a mutual friend brings the two back to face one another in the same place they said goodbye all those years before.
They share the stories of the lives they have lived and find that the honesty still exists between them…But what about the love? The passion? Will they fall back into one another’s embrace after all this time? And how will a weekend together change their lives forever? (hint: it really does).
Kick back, cuddle up in a cozy blanket with a cup of tea and a box of Kleenex, and fall into the heartache of the complications of love. Anyone who ever had that one “that got away” will be caught up in a whirlwind of emotion with this particular novel…Many of Sparks’ novels (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle) have been made into movies, so the sooner you read this one, the better! If you don’t have time or inclination to read the novel itself, Hachette Audio has put out an audiobook version with excellent narration that you will absolutely love-And if you’ve never tried audio books, this one is a great place to start.