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Number one New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a moving new novel about an injured army doctor and the two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.

Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked as an orthopaedic surgeon sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he'd inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any. 

Tending to his grandfather's beloved beehives while preparing for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local.... Yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding.

Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road. Claiming to be 17, she works at the local sundries store and keeps to herself. Discovering that she was once befriended by his grandfather, Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues - until a crisis triggers a race that will uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could have ever anticipated.

In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie's secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness...and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.

©2020 Nicholas Sparks (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Not enjoyable

Really struggled to finish this book. Unless you're interested in bees or PTSD wouldn't recommend it.

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A good fill-in-time

This was a nice story and enjoyable but not like The Lucky One, The Notebook, etc

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Ugh! The author has misplaced his Spark on this one..

Was looking for an escape from COVID-realities, but ugh 😑 - the author has misplaced his Spark on this one..

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Amazing

Right from the start you want to know where this is going. I could not stop listening. Breathtaking , emotional, bittersweet . I can highly recommend this .

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I will definitely read this author again.

The accompanying music played at the start made me doubt my purchase at first but the story drew me in and kept me there to the very end - which jerked my crying nerve ( a very hard thing to do).
I will be looking for more from this author once the deep echoes of this book fade somewhat. Brilliant.

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Very enjoyable

It commenced a little slower but then rapidly becomes a story of intrigue and mystery with a splash of romance for good measure.

I read it in two sittings as I just wanted to know the ending..

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  • chantell barnard
  • 04-10-2020

Absolutely captivating

Enjoyed this audiobook so much. Could not stop listening. Amazing story, I was captivated from beginning to end.

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  • IsabelS
  • 18-03-2021

Didn't enjoy the story!

I did not really enjoyed this book.
I love Nicholas Sparks' writing style but this one did not do it for me.
There is no body to the story or characters.
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-01-2021

Overall pretty average

Overall pretty average for a Sparks book. Everything was just a bit bland, the characters mostly 2 dimensional and story was lacking anything genuinely engaging. Good to have on in the background if you’re working basically.

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  • LuckyFish
  • 20-11-2020

Expected more...

I am a huge N Sparks fan - read all his books. This one has all the usual beauty in words and narrative that one expects from this author. However, throughout the book, I felt that I was on a luke warm but lovely journey with likeable characters... waiting all along for a summit point, inflection point, climax of some sort... but the book never got there. The story has some interesting twists and turns but little that stands out and really stays with you. I felt like the prologue rushed to capture elements that should have been in the book... and that the end was premature. So, i enjoyed the book, but expected more...

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  • Kathrina R.
  • 07-06-2021

Great Read

loved it great story Nicholas Sparks is a fantastic writer always writes a great story.

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  • sophie bedrossian
  • 16-04-2021

A lovely story

Not as gripping as some of his previous books, but a lovely story none the less, with plenty of mystery, romance and heartfelt moments! Beautifully written.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-2021

Beautiful!

Another winner by Nicholas Sparks!
Loved the parallel story of his romance with Natalie, and the mystery of his grandfathers last journey. Keeps you guessing till the end.

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  • gemma waters
  • 11-01-2021

A nice easy listen.

It was a nice book, easy to listen to and well narrated. Could be a bit easy to get lost in what's going on from the opening chapter. But I'm not faulting it, I enjoyed it.

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  • Anna McMillan
  • 22-10-2020

When is the next book out

I love Nicolas Sparks books and this one again is another hit. You just have to keep reading or listening to the story. All the characters are brilliant. I cant wait to see if the film and I need the next book now

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  • tracey constant
  • 15-10-2020

Return

took a bit to get into wasn't one of my favourites books by the author.. sadly I felt like skipping to the end

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