In this #1 New York Times bestselling follow-up to True Believer, a young couple's love faces the ultimate test when the past disrupts the life and family they've built together.
There are a 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 re-opens old wounds and sets off a chain of events that will forever change the course of this young couple's marriage.
Dramatic, heartbreaking and surprising, this is a story about the love between a man and a woman and between a parent and a child. More than that, it is a story that beautifully portrays how the same emotion that can break your heart is also the one that will ultimately heal it.
While the novel picks up the tale of Lexie Darnell and Jeremy Marsh that started in True Believer and will delight fans of that novel, it stands on its own as one of Nicholas Sparks's most deeply moving love stories.
When we last left 37-year-old Jeremy Marsh (a scant six months ago, in Sparks's April pub True Believer), the science columnist had traveled from his New York base to Boone Creek, N.C., to get a story and ended up falling in love with Lexie Darnell, the 30-year-old town librarian. Now Lexie's pregnant but it's true love (and a portable job) that's allowing divorc Jeremy to move down so they can marry and build a life together. The book centers on the tension-filled runup to the wedding. Sparks pulls out all the smalltown stops psychic grandmother, meddling mayor, sullen townie ex, jealous best friends and offers Mars/Venus commentary on what makes his characters tick. Jeremy's writer's block, instead of heightening the will-they-or-won't-they tension, is as enervating for readers as it is for him. More compelling are the mysterious e-mails Jeremy receives that suggest Lexie may not be telling the truth (about who the father is, for one thing), and the character of Lexie's psychic grandmother, Doris, who has correctly predicted the sex of every child born in the town. As the wedding gets closer (and house renovations suck more and more money from Jeremy's dwindling savings), Jeremy and Lexie have some serious talking to do, and Sparks throws in a substantial zinger at the end. It's majorly manipulative and totally effective. Have plenty of tissues on hand.
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So sad!!! (a little spoiler)!!!!
This book had to have been the most sad book I ever read! I read True Beleiver and found this 2nd part by accident. I had to purchase it just because I wanted to know what had happened to Jeremy and Lexi! Then the end was so sad! I wish I would have never read it. Lexi would still be alive in my mind. (sorry if I spoiled it)! I have been so sad all day! Sad ending to such a great story!
read it first?
question, should i read True Believer before reading this one? cuz im really wanting to read this one
BEST, YET SAD!
I SIMPLY LOVE THIS BOOK! I'M A GUY (no, I'm not homosexual), AND I ONCE I READ THE WHOLE BOOK, I BROKE INTO TEARS BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT ENDED! :'( I SURE HOPE NO ONE GOES THROUGH THIS, AND IF YOU HAVE, I'M TRULY SORRY FOR WHAT YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH! :'(