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Miles Ryan leads a relatively uneventful life in the small town in which he is sheriff--except for an incident two years previously that changed him irrevocably: the killing (by a hit-and-run driver) of his adored wife. Miles' obsession with uncovering the identity of the driver has led to problems with his nine-year-old son Jonah, who is having difficulties at school. And when Miles finds himself brought together with Jonah's teacher, the attractive Sarah, both of them are soon caught up in a relationship that will force them to re-examine what their lives mean--particularly as Sarah has a secret of her own.
The secret of Sparks' success (here, as in his other books) is to carefully establish the problems of his main protagonists so that we come to be involved in their lives and care about them--before involving them with someone else, who we similarly come to know intimately. It's not an easy task, and many a novelist has come adrift by concentrating too much on the hero or heroine at the expense of those around them. Sparks is much too sure-footed for that, and we are utterly involved with the problems of both Miles and Sarah (not to mention the nine-year-old Jonah, who is handled without a trace of sentimentality, which is a refreshing touch). As the central characters' destinies intertwine, we are as keen for them to recognise each other's virtues as we are that they'll solve the problems that have been ruining their lives. Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My wife is the true reader and loved this title and most of Nicholas Sparks booksPublished 6 months ago by Grumpy Gramp
I enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book ~ but I felt the last quarter fell short and I was disappointed with how the author choose to end this novel.Published 14 months ago by Heidi Lambert
This book was excellent. Kept you reading till the end. Easy to keep track of all the character. Would read more of this writers books.Published 15 months ago by Joan Wiersema
Another great piece of work by NIcholas Sparks. Kept me on the edge of my seat through the who novel. Great as usual.Published 17 months ago by Linda Zelinsky
Somewhat predictable; nearing the end couldn't I wait to finish the book and the outcome was what I had expectedPublished on June 28 2013 by Miss Chris
I enjoyed this book very much. I really like all of Nicolas Sparks novels. Highly recommend to anyone whom enjoys easy reading.Published on Jan. 18 2013 by Mary Feather
I was reading another book at the time and was getting pretty bored, so I decided to start this book and couldn't put it down. Nicholas Sparks is an amazing writer. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2012 by iennoc
This book was very good. It was a little bit sad, but life is not perfect. A very good buy. Buy this item new because it comes faster. This author is excellent. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2012 by Stacy