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A BEND IN THE ROAD
AT FIRST SIGHT
THE GUARDIAN
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
NIGHTS IN RODANTHE
THE NOTEBOOK
THE RESCUE
THREE WEEKS WITH MY BROTHER
TRUE BELIEVER
A WALK TO REMEMBER
THE WEDDING



A Bend in the Road
Copyright © 2002
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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Recently selected as the Best Author by readers of Entertainment Weekly, Nicholas Sparks is one of America's preeminent storytellers. Now Sparks spins a tale about a man, a woman, and the devastating secret that threatens to keep them apart...
Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy sheriff in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice.
Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son, Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it is her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah's eyes, and then his father's. Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon they are both laughing for the first time in years...and falling in love.
Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret-one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in...and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever.
In A Bend in the Road, Nicholas Sparks writes with a luminous intensity about life's bitter turns and incomparable sweetness. His affirming message carries a powerful lesson about the imperfections of being human, the mistakes we all make, and the joy that comes when we give ourselves to love. — from the jacket

Author Nicholas Sparks has struck gold again. Like his previous page-turners ... A Bend in the Road is certain to top the best-seller lists. A Bend in the Road maps out the speed bumps, road blocks and smooth spots behind the romance of main characters Miles Ryan and Sarah Andrews, whose relationship is tested after a shocking secret threatens to break them apart. Sweet, accessible, uplifting ... Publishers Weekly


At First Sight
Copyright © 2005
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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Nicholas Sparks brings back two characters from his beloved bestseller, True Believer, in this continuing saga of extraordinary love. There are few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he'd never do: he'd never leave New York City; never give his heart away again after barely surviving one failed marriage; and most of all, never become a parent. Now, Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, married to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the birth of their daughter. But, just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, an unsettling and mysterious message reopens old wounds and sets off a chain of events that will forever change the course of this young couple's marriage. — from the publisher

Sparks throws in a substantial zinger at the end. It's majorly manipulative and totally effective. Have plenty of tissues on hand. — Publishers Weekly


The Guardian
Copyright © 2004
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died — a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, twenty-nine-year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who?" Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband's best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she's had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire. — from the publisher

... compelling action ... — Publishers Weekly


Message in a Bottle
Copyright © 1999
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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Message Proves that good things come in small packages. ... A classic tale of love. — Christian Science Monitor

The novel's unbiased emotion — and an unexpected turn — will put tears in your eyes. — People

Glows with moments of tenderness ... has the potential to delve deeply into the mysteries of eternal love. — Cleveland Plain Dealer

This one may be even better [than] his bestselling novel The Notebook." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The novel's unabashed emotion — and an unexpected turn — will put tears in your eyes. — People

Deeply moving, beautifully written, and extremely romantic. — Booklist

Brew the tea or pour a glass of wine — whatever is your pleasure. And settle in for Nicholas Sparks's latest book ... you're in for another treat. — Oakland Press

Sparks is on a roll. — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Nicholas Sparks has written this summer's The Bridges of Madison County. — Wall Street Journal

Beautifully romantic. — Kliatt

A book that will stay with you always. — Salisbury Post

If you loved The Notebook you'll love Message. — Roanoke Times

Poignant. ... A must-read for anyone who doubts that for each person there exists a perfect mate. — Woman's Own

The ultimate love story. — Anniston Star

A breezy, easy read. — CNN Interactive Book Reviews

Nicholas Sparks is the king of read-it-and-weep. ... He makes readers cry regularly — and they love him for it. — Sacramento Bee

An experience you won't soon forget. ... Nicholas Sparks captures love's unimaginable strength but also shows us tremendous fragility. — Abilene Reporter-News

For those who love a love story. — Lincoln Journal Star

An unforgettable and heartbreaking love story. — Coaster Magazine

A three-hanky love story. — Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A true love story. The emotional intensity is almost overwhelming. — Bookman News (Nashville, TN)

Now that we've all seen Titanic ... where can we turn to satisfy our appetite for romantic stories involving star-crossed lovers, twists of fate, and boats? Message in a Bottle makes the reader want to know how it all ends. — Palos Verdes Peninsula News


Nights in Rodanthe
Copyright © 2003
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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At forty-five, Adrienne Willis must rethink her entire life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache and in search of a respite, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend.
But when a major storm starts moving in, it appears that Adrienne's perfect getaway will be ruined — until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At fifty-four, Paul has just sold his medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past. Now, with the storm closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort — and in one weekend set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.
In Nights in Rodanthe Nicholas Sparks has written a timeless love story, reaffirming his reputation as America's foremost chronicler of the heart. — from the publisher

Sparks builds a taut, plausible relationship between his protagonists. — Publishers Weekly


The Notebook
Copyright © 1999
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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Sparks generates authentic emotional power. ... If you are in need of a good cry, The Notebook is absolutely the right book. — USA Today

Nicholas Sparks... will not let you go. His novel shines. — Dallas Morning News

The lyrical beauty of this touching love story...Will captivate the heart of every reader ... And establish Nicholas Sparks as a gifted novelist. — Rocky Mountain News

Remarkable and memorable ... beautiful. — Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate (LA)

A highly romantic story. — Cincinnati Post (OH)

Focuses on a man, a woman, and the transforming power of love. ... The Notebook is shocking only in its simplicity of form and purity of line. — Dallas Morning News

Sparks is a true romantic who knows how to weave a sweetly sentimental story. — Daily Sun (Warner Robins, GA)

Without question, The Notebook establishes Nicholas Sparks as a gifted storyteller. — Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)

A haunting love story. — Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)

A wonderful story of love and devotion — beautifully done, but I must warn everyone to have the hankies ready! — Under the Covers Book Reviews

The kind of story that tugs hard on your emotions and makes you cry whether it's Christmas or July. — Book Page

This novel is full of love and sadness; its 214 pages pass too quickly. You might lend The Notebook to family and friends to read but be sure to get it back. You'll want to read it again. — Suburban News (Clark, NJ)

Pulls at your heartstrings. Be ready, Bridges of Madison County fans. Watch out, Robert James Waller. — Spectator (Raleigh, NC)



The Rescue
Copyright © 2001
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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A romantic page-turner . ... Die-hard Sparks fans won't be disappointed. — Glamour

A modern master of fateful love stories. — BookPage

A romantic page-turner. ... Sparks's fans won't be disappointed. — Glamour

All of Sparks's trademark elements — love, loss, and small-town life — are present in this terrific read. — Booklist

Extremely powerful ... an emotional love story ... must reading for those fans that cherish a deep-rooted love story like the author's previous works. — Painted Rock Reviews

Cunningly crafted. — Publishers Weekly

Sparks, who is becoming well known as a sophisticated writer of romances, has a beautifully natural way of portraying a complicated and intense love story. The Rescue is yet another example of his imagination and skill. — South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Nicholas Sparks knows how to tug at a reader's heartstrings. — Chicago Sun-Times

Readers who don't mind shedding a few tears ... won't be disappointed. — People

True-to-life, plentiful dialogue honestly details the family and relationship concerns that almost any reader would identify with. His settings are richly painted and his characters believable. ... Life is full of guilty pleasures. The Rescue turns out to be one of them. — Anniston Star (AL)



Three Weeks with My Brother
Copyright © 2004
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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As moving as his bestselling works of fiction, Nicholas Sparks's unique memoir, written with his brother, chronicles the life-affirming journey of two brothers bound by memories, both humorous and tragic. In January 2003, Nicholas Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three-week trip around the world. It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at 37 and 38 respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family. As Nicholas and Micah travel the globe, the intimate story of their family unfolds in the details of the untimely deaths of their parents and only sister. Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world, the Sparks brothers band together to heal, to remember, and to learn to live life to the fullest. — from the publisher

Weaving in vignettes of tenderness and loss with travelogue-like observations, Sparks's account shows how he and his brother both evolved on this voyage. "Somehow there was a chance we could help each other, and in that way, I began to think of the trip less as a journey around the world than a journey to rediscover who I was and how I'd developed the way I did." — Publishers Weekly


True Believer
Copyright © 2005
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes a love story that explores the deepest mysteries of all-those of the heart. As a science journalist with a regular column in Scientific American, Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the supernatural and has a real nose for the strange and unusual. A born skeptic, he travels to the small town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, determined to find the real cause behind the ghostly apparitions that appear in the town cemetery. What he doesn't plan on, however, is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, granddaughter of the town psychic. Now, if the young lovers are to have any kind of future at all, Jeremy must make a difficult choice: return to the life he knows, or do something he could never do before-take a giant leap of faith. A story about taking chances and following your heart, True Believer will make you, too, believe in the miracle of love. — from the publisher

After co-writing his first work of nonfiction with his brother, Micah (Three Weeks with My Brother), Sparks is back with another novel about finding one's true love. Jeremy Marsh is a science writer who specializes in exposing supernatural frauds and hoaxes. Following some flashy national exposure, the New Yorker is invited to investigate mysterious lights in an old cemetery in little Boone Creek, NC. In a classic romance plot, the attractive yet sensitive Jeremy is attracted to the beautiful yet stubborn town librarian, Lexie Darnell, who is also the granddaughter of a local diviner. Both Jeremy and Lexie are skeptical people-but not about the same things. Despite some nice plot twists, the mysteries and conflicts are resolved in largely predictable ways that will still satisfy Sparks's many fans. Purchase wherever the author is popular. — Library Journal


A Walk to Remember
Copyright © 2000
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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A Walk to Remember Sparks generates genuine emotional power. — USA Today

An extraordinary book ... touching, at times riveting ... a book you won't soon forget. — Sunday New York Post

A sweet tale of young but everlasting love ... Nicholas Sparks knows how to tug at a reader's heartstrings. — Chicago Sun-Times

Bittersweet ... A tragic yet spiritual love story. — Variety

Every now and then you stumble across an extraordinary book that at first appears like countless others, unremarkable and easy to overlook. But then you read it and are amazed at the treasure hidden within. Nicholas Sparks's A Walk to Remember is such a book. ... [It] never fails to be interesting, touching, and at times riveting ... a book you won't soon forget. — Sunday New York Post

Sparks has written a sweet tale of young but everlasting love, and though he's told us to expect both joy and sadness, the tears will still come. — New York Daily News

Sparks proves once again that he is a master at pulling heartstrings ... will enthrall Sparks's numerous fans. — Booklist

Has the indelible Sparks romantic stamp ... [and] a touch of humor added to the emotion that his fans have come to expect. — Greenville News

Nicholas Sparks waves his magic romance wand once again, this time over the ideal of transformational first love. ... Sparks is a modern master of fateful love stories and road-not-taken fables written in uncluttered prose. — Book Page

Sparks creates a bittersweet message in Landon's rite of passage from a sheltered youngster to a selfless and loving man. — Charleston Post and Courier

A very moving book. — Woman's Own

A gifted novelist. — Rocky Mountain News

Sparks has a winning combination of style and story. — Christian Science Monitor

A gifted storyteller. — Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)

Nicholas Sparks captures love's unimaginable strength but also shows us its tremendous fragility. — Abilene Reporter-News


The Wedding
Copyright © 2004
by Nicholas Sparks
Warner Books
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes the long-awaited follow-up to his classic tale of enduring love, The Notebook. After 30 years, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law to Noah and Allie (of The Notebook fame), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage. Despite the shining example of his in-laws' 50-year love affair, Wilson himself is a man unable to express how he truly feels. With the distractions of his daughter's upcoming wedding he is forced to realize how close he is to losing his own wife Jane. But if Wilson is sure of anything, it's this: His love for his wife has only intensified over the years, and he wants nothing more than to make their marriage work. Now, with the memories of his in-laws' inspiring life together as his guide, Wilson pledges to find a way to make his wife fall in love with him. ... again. — from the publisher

wistful, reflective. — Publishers Weekly


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