Cover Art: 4/5 The reason I like this cover, is because it has the tree and the Ferris wheel that feature in the photo. The movie version of the book just has Logan and Beth kissing (i.e. not very original for Mr. NS.)
Age Limit: I would say 16 and over because there are some sex scenes and Nicholas Sparks isn’t really for a younger audience. But parents, like I have said in other reviews, use your discretion with your children. Know their maturity level.
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Not many people walk places anymore. Sure, there are still small towns you can walk to your local grocery store, but how about walking from Colorado to Hampton County, North Carolina? I’m talking no car, lugging a huge backpack and your only companion is a German shepherd named Zeus. Well, this is what Logan Thibault did. While serving a few tours in Iraq, Logan found a picture of a beautiful girl. When no one claimed the photo, he decided to take it himself. He didn’t understand why. All he knew was that she was in a place called Hampton, that she once had a German shepherd (his reason for getting one himself), and that on the back of the photo were the words, “Keep safe! E.” There wasn’t a lot to go on, but he knew he had to find her, because, after all, she had saved his life.
Beth, a single mother with a crazy lunatic for an ex-husband (my label, not hers), helped run her grandmother’s kennel part-time, while holding down a teaching job at the elementary school. She lives with her grandmother (Nana) and her son Ben. She was living a life of normalcy, when a longhaired man with a dog showed up at the kennel. Everything started to change. Her son immediately took to Thibault and Zeus (who was trained very well and could do incredible things). She slowly started trusting Logan and thought that he could be the one, until her ex showed up and try to ruin everything.
Keith Clayton (said ex-husband) is a manipulative, angry, womanizer that doesn’t want to be tied down, but doesn’t want her ex-wife to have any kind of dating life. He pretends that it is all because of their son, but you can easily see through his façade: he hates that his son isn’t very athletic, and makes him clean Keith’s house every other week. Don’t be fooled though. His true colors shine during the very climatic ending. I’m not going to spoil that for you now though.
The story is told through Logan’s, Beth’s, and Keith Clayton’s point-of-view. Every chapter is a little more to the story. As this was my first Nicholas Sparks novel, I was very pleased. I barely could put it down. I haven’t seen the movie yet (I plan to go this week), but I have heard from others who have read the book (and by watching the preview), they have changed a lot from the book. I absolutely loved this book and it has inspired me to pick up some more Nicholas Spark novels. Even though I told you that I wouldn’t spoil the ending for you, I will tell you this: I didn’t breathe while reading the Epilogue at the end. Did. Not. Breathe.
As always: the trailer
Happy reading everyone!
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