- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Lrg edition (11 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455504106
- ISBN-13: 978-1455504107
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,115,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Best of Me Hardcover – Large Print, 11 Oct 2011
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The new epic love story by the bestselling author of The Lucky One and The Notebook --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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
Dawson and Amanda meet and fall in love as teenagers – from opposite sides of the tracks but with a passion and love that is life changing, until they are forced apart. Years later Dawson and Amanda’s paths cross when they are called back to their hometown for the funeral of their friend tuck, who once gave them shelter when they needed it most. Now they are thrown back into each other’s lives, can they confront the paths they chose and reconnect?…
I really enjoyed this. Nicholas Sparks always writes with passion and love in his words, and you always know when reading his books that love is at the center.
I loved Dawson and Amanda as characters – they are fascinating both individually and together and they both come with a complex past and history together. I enjoyed that as a reader we were able to learn of their backgrounds, what had happened when they were younger and the moments that led them up to where they are now. Their story together is a compelling one that had me riveted and turning the pages because I truly NEEDED to know what would happen to them.
Full of emotion, love, and heart wrenching moments – The Best Of Me is a beautifully written story that will draw you in from the very beginning. Make sure you have tissues for this one.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I couldn't put the book down until one of the main characters died and so I could predict the end. And the magic disappeared.Published 10 days ago by Nina
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. My over calculating mind predicted the end 2/3 way through bit that didn't spoil anything. Struggled to put it down.Published 3 months ago by Mrs R
Couldn't put this book down. Loved it. Many differences from the film but a great read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer