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The Best Of Me [Paperback]

Nicholas Sparks
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5 July 2012

They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks - with a passion that would change their lives for ever. But life would force them apart.

Years later, the lines they had drawn between past and present are about to slip . . . Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter when they needed it most, they are faced with each other once again, and forced to confront the paths they chose. Can true love ever rewrite the past?

This is the new epic love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Notebook, The Lucky One and The Last Song. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved authors.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (5 July 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0751542970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751542974
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With over eighty-five million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Nine of his novels have been adapted into major films: The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.

Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him and sign up for the Nicholas Sparks eNewsletter at, and follow him on Twitter: @NicholasSparks.

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Pulls at the heartstrings Sunday Times It goes without saying that the 16th novel from this master of love stories will capture hearts once again... This story will tug at the heartstrings of Nicholas Sparks fans like never before OK! When you pick up a book by the author of teary heartbreakers such as The Notebook and The Last Song, you know you're in for an A-grade romantic read Cosmopolitan

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The new epic love story by the bestselling author of The Lucky One and The Notebook

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the tissues ready 20 Oct 2011
By DizzyC
Dawson and Amanda shared first love. A love that was forbidden, not only by her parents, but by their lifestyle. Years later they are brought back together by the death of the only man who believed in them, Tuck.

As they reunite to say farewell to Tuck, a will they won't they story unfolds. Even after all these years, life is not straight forward. Dawson is looking over his shoulder knowing he is being hunted by his family and Amanda has the family back home to think of.
Can they rekindle their first love?

My first time with this author and I had high expectations.

I was rather intrigued to find out what the attraction was for fans of Nicholas Sparks' novels. I now know. Nicholas Sparks, male author of 16 romance novels knows what a woman wants....and delivers it beautifully in a love story.

The author writes an easy to read storyline but with passion that kept my attention until the end. I wasn't sure that this was going to be the tear-jerker I was expecting for the first half of the novel, but then all of a sudden it hit me and didn't stop until the very last page. It was worth the build up.

Get the tissues ready folks.

4.5 out of 5 for me!

Thank you, Sphere for sending me a review copy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of Nicholas Sparks! 17 Oct 2011
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The Best of Me is a very different read to Safe Haven; something tells me that's true of all of Nicholas's novels. Despite all having a central theme of love, all of his book plots seem to be wildly different. It's impressive, actually, because most authors stick to a general formula for their books, but Nicholas doesn't and his plots range far and wide. The synopsis for The Best of Me doesn't give much away, as you can see above but it does rather sum the book up nicely as both Dawson and Amanda find themselves back in Oriental, their home town, after Tuck, a man they both knew well dies. Dawson and Amanda had been teenage sweethearts, torn apart because their lives were so far apart from each other and when they see each other again, it begs the question of just how deep their love really ran for each other way back when...

The Best of Me is only 292 pages long, which surprised me. That's not particularly long, and I was surprised to see how small it was when I got it. However, there's a lot packed into the novel and it's a really good read. I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Safe Haven, but it was a solid 4 star read for me. I'm a total sucker for love that's star-crossed, for love that attracts opposition, so I was sucked in by Dawson and Amanda's love and by the way they didn't let their contrasting backgrounds come between them during that summer they spent together. I liked how the intervening years didn't change their feelings for each other, too, once they both came back to Oriental. I thought the entire novel was just so magical as Dawson and Amanda are reunited and they reconnect over the death of their friend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 1 April 2013
By Mari
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This book is a disappointment. I'm really sorry to have spent my time and money on it. I would definitely not recommend it. It's not that the book is boring and not easy to read. On the contrary the 2/3s of it are pleasant and flowing well enough that you can read it in one go.

However as you reach the final part of the book you start to not believe in your eyes. First there is a slight inconsistency with the characters. The main heroine in the beginning appears to be strong and opinionated and defies everyone for the love of her life and then becomes this very weak person who constantly frustrates you with her choices and the things she says (or doesn't say). After a point it makes you wonder why the hero is in love with her at all. The mother who throughout the 2/3s of the book appears to be this shallow person who cares about appearances only, turns into a mother who gives the soundest advice of the whole book.

However, those are just details and if that was the only problem I'd be more or less ok. The worse thing is that the story itself is disappointing. Not because there's drama in it, life is not full of roses and if the book was, I wouldn't like it much either. It's because there's too much fake drama just for the sake of it. I mean the author is using one in a million coincidences and metaphysical situations just to create plot and to not allow the characters to finally make their choices.

The end was not really a surprise, you could see it coming after a while however until the final pages I was waiting for an unpredicted turning point. I could not really believe that he was going where I thought he was.

Overall a huge disappointment not worth my time at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 3 Mar 2012
Nicholas Sparks is probably my favourite author. I have read all his books and generally struggle to put them down. This last book was so disappointing. The story was way to out there and I found it very hard to connect with the characters which I usually do very freely. I don't wish to spoil anything but this will not be proudly sitting on my wall of love bookshelf at home.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I wasnt sure about this book initially but once I started to read it I couldnt stop. Great story, bit of a twist at the end, loved it.
Published 22 hours ago by LYNN HEIGHTON
3.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Me
The Best of Me is only the second Nicholas Sparks book I've ever read, preceded by The Notebook which I wasn't overly impressed with. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jenny, Wondrous Reads
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written
As always Nicholas sparks never fails to deliver a book that you just can't put down.
Another tear jerking story. As much as I enjoyed it.... Read more
Published 11 days ago by zoe candlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Rollercoaster
Nicholas Sparks gets me crying with every book. Emotional roller coasters all of them. The Best of Me was just another fantastic book. Very happy with my purchase.
Published 19 days ago by Rache20
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book. Really enjoyed it!
Published 1 month ago by Marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very good read thanks
Published 1 month ago by Maddie
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, enjoyable, but not gripping
You always know what you're going to get with Nicholas Sparks, and he doesn't disappoint. He takes you right into the heart of a story and makes you feel you know everyone in it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. A. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Good story line not what expected at end, dragged on a little but another great from Nicholas Sparks. Recommended x
Published 2 months ago by Jenna
5.0 out of 5 stars usual nick sparks style
a good twist at the end but fairly predictable made me cry twice .heart wrenching. gripping complex and intriguing story.great
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Yvonne Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars could'nt put it down
again, not dissapointed with a Nicholas Sparks book. Although a bittersweet ending, loved it. Would suit readers of any (adult) age.
Published 2 months ago by Shakespears Sister
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