The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks book review


The Best of Me was originally written in 2011 but it has been reprinted with a lovely new cover to coincide with the upcoming movie release. You can view a trailer of the movie here:


Book and Product Description (as detailed on amazon)

The new epic love story by the bestselling author of The Last Song and The Notebook

The bestselling love story behind the massive Hollywood film starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan.

They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks – with a passion that would change their lives for ever. But life would force them apart.

Years later, the lines they had drawn between past and present are about to slip . . . Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter when they needed it most, they are faced with each other once again, and forced to confront the paths they chose. Can true love ever rewrite the past?

This is the new epic love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Notebook, The Lucky One and The Last Song. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved authors.

About the Author
With over eighty million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include eleven No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks’ books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Eight of his novels have been adapted into major films: Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook. Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him and sign up for the Nicholas Sparks eNewsletter at, and follow him on Twitter: @NicholasSparks.

I found this story a little slow to start but was glad I stuck with it. It had the usual Nicholas Sparks complicated love story. This one spanned over 20 years.  Childhood sweethearts Dawson and Amanda have not seen each other for over 20 years as they both went their separate ways after high school. Amanda has seemingly moved on and is married with children. Dawson’s life has had to endure events which made his life take a different course altogether however, these events and the love he had for Amanda back in high school has made it difficult for Dawson to move on.

A dear close friend from their high school days has sadly passed  away and Dawson and Amanda are brought back together. How will they cope with long time forgotten feelings they once had for each other?
What follows is a beautiful tale of friendship and love. Drama also gets thrown at them and it becomes quite gripping at times which left me sobbing and screaming ‘no’!
I am looking forward to the release of the movie. You need to read the book first to get the emotional intensity that Nicholas portrayed in the novel. The movie is due to be released in the UK on 15th October 2014 so plenty of time to catch up with the book 🙂
A great 4/5 read.
The book can be downloaded and purchased at all good bookstores including amazon:

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