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True Believer [Hardcover]

Nicholas Sparks
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April 12 2005
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an unforgettable love story that explores the deepest mysteries of all-those of the heart. As a science journalist with a regular column in Scientific American, Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the supernatural. A born skeptic, he travels to the small town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, determined to find the real cause behind the ghostly apparitions that appear in the town cemetery. What he doesn't plan on however, is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, granddaughter of the town psychic. Now, if the young lovers are to have any kind of future at all, Jeremy must make a difficult choice:return to the life he knows, or do something he's never done before-take a giant leap of faith. But his choice is only the beginning, for their story takes the most unlikely twist of all, one that will finally make Jeremy a TRUE BELIEVER.

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Charming, divorced Jeremy Marsh is a rising star. As a dashing, successful 37-year-old Manhattan science journalist, his skeptical scrutiny of ineffective antidepressants, cults and television clairvoyants has caught the eye of North Carolina restaurant owner Doris McClellan, who invites Jeremy to bucolic Boone Creek to scoop the story of eerie mystery lights appearing in an ancient cemetery. A diviner who can predict the sex of unborn babies, Doris suspects the lights are a ghostly curse. Her beautiful librarian granddaughter, Lexie Darnell, makes a lovely, if guarded, tour guide as Jeremy revs up his electromagnetic equipment for the ghost hunt. After witnessing the ethereal graveside lights, both grow closer, much to the chagrin of local deputy Rodney Hopper, who wants Lexie for himself. Guided by sage Doris and manipulated by meddling mayor Tom Gherkin, big-city Jeremy and smalltown Lexie find that trepidation about their differences somehow manages to bloom into love. Jeremy eventually uncovers the hidden truth behind the glowing graveyard fog and departs the lush gothic environs for New York. Can love bridge the gap? Sparks (The Wedding) delivers another shrink-wrapped, reliably uncomplicated romantic confection that's light as air, smooth as silk and gloriously sweet. Agent, Theresa Park. (One-day laydown Apr. 12)
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New York skeptic Jeremy Marsh makes his living exposing frauds in the articles he writes for Scientific American. His latest target is a famous psychic who claims to speak to the dead. The acclaim he receives for his expose places Jeremy in the public eye with an appearance on national television. Jeremy then travels to Boone Creek, North Carolina, to search for the truth behind the mysterious lights that appear in the local cemetery. The legend is that an old curse causes the spirits to wander, and now the town wants to capitalize on the phenomena to bring in badly needed tourist dollars. But Doris McClellan, the local psychic, wants the lights debunked, and asks Jeremy to investigate. What Jeremy doesn't count on is falling for Doris' granddaughter, Lexie, the town librarian. Lexie has had enough of smooth-talking city men, and shields her heart, but Jeremy keeps trying to penetrate her tough shell. Lexie never wants to leave Boone Creek, and she believes that Jeremy will never want to stay. Although Sparks' latest starts with great potential, the main characters feel cool and distant; it is the secondary characters who embody the warmth and verve that usually mark Sparks' best-sellers. Patty Engelmann
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small town love:) July 1 2014
By Tams
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Amazing love story! Not just romance but suspense too! This book should be added to everyone must read list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Believer June 18 2014
By Cid
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Once again another great book from Nicholas Sparks! I really enjoyed this book. He is becoming one of my favorite authors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book March 29 2014
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I enjoyed the book immensely as I always do Nicholas Spark's books. Great book , no vulgar language, I could not put it away.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment for Nicholas Sparks Oct. 20 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A disappointing read by one of my favorite authors. Just loved The Notebook and A Bend in The Road, but True Believers wasn’t in the same category.

The simple plot was predictable and the ensuing love story a slam dunk from the beginning. The theme of possible ghosts in the graveyard was also a stretch.

This is one Nicholas Sparks book that I would pass on.

Diana Young- World Traveler – currently sailing in the South Pacific for six months and #1 Amazon Best-selling author of Financial Fitness for Beginners.
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2.0 out of 5 stars EDIT EDIT EDIT July 24 2013
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This is a new author for me.... the first two pages of this novel was heavily laddled with too many adjectives, adverbs and repetitions. The first person point of view does not help: "I am an investigative reporter", "I am an investigative reporter", "I am an investigative reporter".
OK! we got it.
I bought this book because it was a re-published best seller. This author has over a dozen books published, and frankly, I don't see how he got away with his poor quality writting. Is this what we are left with now? Mediocre writing, re-publishings, and authors to old and past their prime to deliver.
For us, who enjoyed reading books our whole lives, it's is dismaying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Feb. 14 2006
By A Customer
A fabulous novel that I had a hard time putting down. Of course I feel that way anout many of the works done by Nicholas Sparks. He is brilliant in his prose. I also enjoyed Fire In The Ice/Katlyn Stewart
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Love Story April 19 2005
By A Customer
If you are a Nicholas Sparks fan like I am you will not be disapointed by his novel "True Believer". Love and sparks fly for the hero and heroine. Generous story line and believable characters make this book perfect. You have got to read it.
Also point out- Fire In The Ice by Katlyn Stewart (Contemporary romance genre)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as all other Spark's books! Oct. 1 2011
By Sourire
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had read all of Nicolas Spark's books except this one and At first sight, his follow-up. I don't like supernatural stuff and the fact the hero was a science journalist did not attract me at all. But, I read this book in 3 days and I am awaiting "At first sight" because I miss them and I want to know what will happen next. I have not found an other yet who I like better. I always know when he has a new book out, I will love the storyline.

Don't hesitate like I did, you will love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE BELIEVER
Published 17 months ago by Anita Comeau
1.0 out of 5 stars the worst Sparks I've read - time to quit this author
I've read numerous of Sparks' books as easy beach lit. I don't consider him to be great or fabulous, just easy to read and if you miss a few pages so what! Read more
Published on March 28 2007 by B. Legg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good romance...not as good as the notebook though!
The female lead in this book annoyed me...but the story line was very interresting! I love anything mystical, and this had both a ghost story and a Psychic in it. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2005 by snuggybrinks
5.0 out of 5 stars Non Fiction or Fiction
Mr Sparks has a way of capturing your attentiona nd holding it whether he writes fiction or non fiction. I especially love his romantic stories when they have no over kill. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing from this author
This book was definitely not up to par with Nicholas Sparks other books. I have read all the rest and this one wasn't even in the same class as the others, very disappointing. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2005 by TJ Smyth
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I got this book as a gift, and loved it from beginning to end. It had alot of the romance...not so good for most guys but girls love it!!! Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2005 by Michelle
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