Nicholas Sparks based this novel on the lives of his wife’s beloved grandparents. The coauthor of Wokini: The Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding, he lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.
The book in one sentence: Love story that is both generic and heartbreaking.
Who would you recommend it to: People who like romance.
OK bits: The second half of the book. Despite its bittersweetness, it makes the story more touching.
Boring bits: The first half of the book. I was rolling my eyes mentally because it was just so cheesy… which probably why the second half is so good because I didn’t expect that.
Random review quote:
“The lyrical beauty of this touching love story… will captivate the heart of every reader…. and establish Nicholas Sparks as a gifted novelist” – Rocky Mountain News
Verdict: The first part is horribly corny, but it was worth all those cringing moments to get to the second half of the book. Something to read at least once.