The Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks. Read before you see….

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Publication Date:  Film Tie In new edition Publication Date: 11th September 2014. Original Available now from Sphere.

VERY excited to be part of the blog tour for The Best of Me – over to my lovely daughter Melissa who read and reviewed the book. Make sure you read before you see and get to know “the incredible love story behind the autumn 2014 Hollywood blockbuster starring James Marsden”.

About the Book:

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?

About the author:

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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.

 

Mel’s Review:

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Although this book was no doubt a cliché from start to finish, I have to admit that it had me hooked from the very first page. As Liz well knows (and this is why she passes these books along to me) I am a fan of the mushy gushy romance, and Nicholas Sparks never fails to deliver.

The tragic story of Dawson and Amanda, torn apart as teenagers due to their severely different backgrounds and then thrown together as adults following the death of a mutual friend, is the epitome of what every girl looks for in her summer read – Add in a delicious layer of crime and violence as Dawson’s ‘wrong side of the tracks’ family seeks revenge, a good bit of mystery surrounding the last wishes of Tuck, their mutual friend, and not forgetting the guardian angel type being that Dawson believes is watching over him – you won’t want to stop reading!Highly addictive.

All that aside, the romantic/broody dialogue can honestly get a little over the top, and you might find yourself thinking as if anybody would EVER say that (while simultaneously wondering why no man has ever said it to you…) but that’s not to say it isn’t a great read. Four stars from me and we will definitely be seeing the movie!

 

Find out more and sign up for the newsletter here: http://uk.nicholassparks.com/

Follow the author on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/NicholasSparks

Purchase Information: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Me-Film-Tie/dp/0751553336/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-2&keywords=the+best+of+me+nicholas+sparks

 

Happy Reading Folks!

 

 

 

 

 

Darcie Chan – The Mill River Redemption.

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Publication Date: Available now from Sphere – Paperback or Ebook.

Source: Publisher review copy

Having unexpectedly lost her husband and lacking the means to support herself, Josie DiSanti and her two daughters take refuge in the small town of Mill River, to live with Josie’s aunt, Ivy. The sisters, Rose and Emily, are inseparable growing up – until a shocking tragedy tears them apart. 

Years later, Rose and Emily return to Mill River for the reading of their mother’s will, where they learn that Josie would do anything to force their reconciliation: the sisters must move into neighbouring houses for the summer and work together to locate the key to Josie’s safe deposit box, which contains their inheritance. And so, left with no choice, Rose and Emily reluctantly begin their search. But in a place known for its magic and miracles, little do they know that an even greater treasure awaits them . .

A beautifully written and emotional family drama with a hint of mystery to it, I absolutely loved this story, character driven and intriguing with a wonderful sense of place and time.

It was easy to immerse myself in this world as the story ebbed and flowed backwards and forwards in time to give a picture of a family – Josie brings her children to Mill River, escaping from something, we are not sure what and over the course of time settles in and becomes an integral part of the community. Sisters Rose and Emily are inseperable but something goes horribly wrong and when we meet them at their mothers funeral, they have not been together for many years. Forced into communication by the terms of Josie’s will, a voyage of discovery begins for these two girls, one that is fascinating and emotive and will keep you turning the pages desperate to know the outcome.

There is a beautiful depth and complexity to the characters here, a story of forgiveness and redemption – neither of which are easy – and Ms Chan does not offer simple straightforward solutions but rather allows her characters to speak, to learn, to develop and accept over the course of events and the passing of time.

The best things about this book for me were firstly the true sense of community within this town that the author conveys – a place I would love to live and is now as real to me as anywhere I’ve experienced in real life. Added to that were some eclectic and wonderful supporting characters – who I believe get more of a story in Ms Chan’s first novel, The Mill River Recluse, which I must go back and read. Overall this gave a realism and quirky edge to a really graceful story.

Captivating throughout, often charming, always emotional, this was a heartfelt tale elegantly told. Highly Recommended.

Find out more here: http://www.darciechan.com/

Follow the author on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/DarcieChan

Purchase Information: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0751557285/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0751557285&linkCode=as2&tag=shasboobou-21

 

 

 

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