Author: Nicholas Sparks
Published: September 11th 2014 by Sphere
Amazon | Amazon UK
Blurb: They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks - with a passion that would change their lives forever. But life would force them apart.
Years later, the lines between past and present are about to slip . . . Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who gave them shelter when they needed it most, they are faced with each other once again. Can true love ever rewrite the past?
The new epic love story from the multi-million copy bestselling author of The Notebook and The Last Song. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved authors.
Review: As a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks I was over the moon when I was offered the chance to review The Best of Me. Nicholas is one of my favourite authors, his books never leave me indifferent and something that always captures me is that with his books you never know if the ending is going to be happy or devastating. I remember when I first read Message in a Bottle when it came out and I was so angry this the way the book ended! But Nicholas' books are about life and the struggles and difficulties we all find and fight, so if they all ended like fairytales, they wouldn't reflect real life and we wouldn't love them so much.
The Best of Me tells the story of two teenagers who fall in love against all odds. They share a love pure and real but life gets in the way and they get separated. They aren't able to forget each other though and even with new lifes, new families, they keep thinking, what if? So when they find each other years later, they wonder if their love might have survived all these years and they might have a future together.
The book is beautifully written, describing their feelings perfectly, you can actually feel their love through the pages. But as I said, Nicholas' book never promise a happy ending so you just keep wondering if they will be able to make it at the end or not. But the beauty of the book is not only the ending but the journey through it. You get to know the characters and end up loving them, I especially warmed to Tuck, the lonely old man who helps this couple even after his death and you can tell that there's more under his grumpy exterior. It was beautiful to read about his love story with Clara too.
All in all, I loved this story and how all the pieces clicked together to create a wonderful unique love story. Even the title makes perfect sense when you finish the story. I cannot wait now to see this great book turned into a movie.
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