One of America's bestselling authors delivers a story about the greatest commitment of all: loving someone forever. When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: he can't fall in love. ...
One of America's bestselling authors delivers a story about the greatest commitment of all: loving someone forever. When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: he can't fall in love. For all his adult years, Taylor has sought out women who need to be rescued, women he leaves as soon as their crisis is over and the relationship starts to become truly intimate. When a raging storm hits his small Southern town, single mother Denise Holton's car skids off the road. The young mom is with her four-year-old son Kyle, a boy with severe learning disabilities and for whom she has sacrificed everything. Taylor McAden finds her unconscious and bleeding, but does not find Kyle. When Denise wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them: Kyle is gone. During the search for Kyle, the connection between Taylor and Denise takes root. Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will be different from all the others.
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Sparks never disappoints me. Even when I think his story will be too predictable or sappy, it isn't. He took a simple plot and added a depth of emotion that took me by surprise. It was a good thing I wasn't still on the bus when I got to the end of this one; my tears would've embarassed me. You wouldn't think a story about a guy afraid of commitment could be so good. In all of his books you learn something new; in this case, about speech problems. He makes life in a small town appealing, and he uses humour to make his characters likeable. The only thing I've noticed is that in all his books, there are no characters with different skin colour or even many ethnic people of any kind, but then maybe that's what Sparks' own life is like. He needs to get out more.
Apr 27, 2007
Couldn't put it down!
This was another can't-get-enough-of-it book. It's a page turner and you really want to find out how it turns out as quickly as possible. Sparks throws you a few curve balls in this one (like most of his reads). Well worth your time.
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