Sunday, March 16, 2008

2008 Book 20: True Believer

Book #:20
Book Title:True Believer
Author:Nicholas Sparks
Publisher:Warner Books
Pub. Date:2005
Started:March 12, 2008
Finished:March 15, 2008
Time to Read:4 Days
Back Cover / Inside Flap:"Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate young New Yorker: handsome, almost always dressed in black, and part of the media elite. An expert on debunking the supernatural with a regular column in Scientific American, he's just made his first appearance on national TV. When he receives a letter from the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights that appear in a legend-shrouded cemetery, he can't resist driving down to investigate.

Here, in this tightly knit community, Lexie Darnell runs the town's library, just as her mother did before the accident that left Lexie an orphan. Disappointed by past relationships, including one that lured her away from home, she is sure of one thing: her future is in Boone Creek, close to her grandmother and all the other people she loves.

Jeremy expects to spend a quick week in "the sticks" before speeding back to the city. But from the moment he sets eyes on Lexie, he is intrigued and attracted to this beautiful woman who speaks with a soft drawl and confounding honesty. And Lexie, while hesitating to trust this outsider, finds herself thinking of Jeremy more than she cares to admit.

Now, if they are to be together, Jeremy Marsh must make a difficult choice: return to the life he knows, or do something he's never done 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."

Review:No one dies. Not a single darn person. No one even has a terrible illness. And death mentioned occurred years and years ago. I read an entire Nicholas Sparks book AND DIDN'T CRY! What the heck!

Despite the lack of a sob story, this was an enjoyable novel - quite a bit longer than his typical length - and is a great study on fast-paced modern city life clashing with relaxed and old(er)-fashioned rural life. I honestly thought it a bit impractical at times, but it was enjoyable and the characters, as Sparks's always are, were loveable and seemed like the guy next door.

Give it a try.

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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