Cover Art: 5/5 (Spark’s cover) shows a bicycle with flowers. Captures Katie’s personality perfectly! 4/5 for the movie edition, only because every one of them are of two attractive white people about to kiss. A little originality wouldn’t hurt anyone. Am I right?
Age Limit: 16. Violence and some sexual situations (I mean, it IS a Nicholas Sparks novel)
Author: Nicholas Sparks (if you haven’t gathered that already.)
Katie is new to Southport, NC and is trying to keep a low profile. She makes enough money taking on shifts at a local landmark restaurant named Ivan’s to rent a small cabin just outside of town. She buys only the essential items that she needs to survive and saves the rest in a hidden spot for an easy getaway. A local general store owner, Alex, notices her right away and begins to strike up a conversation with her every chance he gets. But Katie, not looking him in the eye, pays for her things and leaves. She only stops to give him a chance when the woman who moves in to the cabin next to hers, convinces her to do so. Jo starts pushing Katie to talk to Alex and give him a chance, but she is afraid of getting too comfortable here in this town. She’s been running for quite some time and just wants to be safe, but she needs to be able to leave at a moments notice. Why? Katie has a secret, and if it gets out, she’s dead.
I have recently jumped on the Nicholas Sparks train. I have always pushed it aside, thinking it was too cliche, but he has a wonderful, easy way of writing that completely draws you into the world he has created for you. The emotional connections that his characters have, will leave you on the edge of your seat, clutching each page as he unfolds the next piece of the puzzle. Towards the end of this novel, i even banged the book on my knee shouting at Alex.
Pick this one up. It’s a good one! Also, the movie is pretty good (even though they change a whole lot of it!)
Keep reading, my friends!
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