"A real tear jerker"
Two years ago in New Bern, North Carolina Deputy
Sheriff Miles Ryan learns how quickly a joyful life can
turn to ashes when a still unknown hit and run driver kills
his beloved wife, Missy. Miles feels he died that day too
and survives through their young son Jonah. Neither of the
Ryan males have come to grips with their loss as both still
mourn Missy's death.
All Sarah Andrews wanted from life was the same kind of
love her parents have for one another and always showered
on her. She thought Michael was her life mate, but when
they learned her eggs could not produce a child, he
divorced her. She left Baltimore to start anew in New Bern.
Sarah, Jonah's elementary school teacher, is
sympathetic towards the young child's grief; still she is
concerned with his behavior and schoolwork. At a parents-
teacher conference, Miles and Sarah meet and feel a
shocking attraction. As they begin to fall in love, both
wonder if a relationship is the right thing for them and
for Jonah. Then there is the "Italicized" individual who
deliberately killed Missy and will murder again to remain
Very few writers of romantic suspense can send off more
sparks and sugar in the same mix than Nicholas Sparks. The
story line is sweet as two walking wounded heal through the
magic of love, which in a Mary Poppins kind of way softens
everyone else except for the murderer. The lead couple is
a warm, engaging duo struggling with ghosts, love, and a
killer, which make for a fine cotton candy of a tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 31, 2001