|Publisher:||Grand Central Pub|
|Publish Date:||Mar 2007|
|Number of Pages:||465|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.65|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 6.75 x 1.0|
Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list.
Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
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.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/04.] - Rebecca Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
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Native New Yorker Jeremy Marsh is a sophisticated journalist whose specialty is debunking scientific myths. Though professionally successful, his personal life is less so; his wife divorced him, saying he was too rarely home. His happily married parents and his brothers, all of whom have wives and children, are a constant reminder of what he doesn't have. He is intrigued when he gets a letter about ghostly lights in the cemetery near the small town of Boone Creek, NC. Is there a rational explanation? Jeremy goes down to find out, visiting the public library to get background information and meeting head librarian Lexie Darnell, lovely and single.
The mystery turns out to be a gentle hoax. Jeremy and Lexie's romance has a predictable breakup and reunion, and the ending is happy and hopeful. Narrator David Aaron Baker gives regional accents to supporting characters, making them sound somewhat like residents of Mayberry. For public library collections where demand warrants.
-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL
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Jeremy Marsh is a born skeptic and a science journalist who specializes in debunking the supernatural. When he hears about ghostly apparitions in a cemetery in Boone Creek, North Carolina, he leaves his beloved New York City for this small, rural town-and what his instincts tell him could make a great story. What he doesn't plan on is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, who is sure of one thing: her future is here in Boone Creek, close to the people she loves. Now, if the young lovers are to be together, Jeremy must make a difficult choice: return to the life he knows in New York, or do something he could never do before... take a giant leap of faith.
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