About 4 night ago I finished At First Sight by Nicholas Spark. I am not a huge fan of this type of writing but my dear Friend is.
Romance books are not my thing but I have seen The Notebook (one of my favorite movies) and A Walk to Remember, both by adapted from Spark books and I loved them.
At First Sight, wasn't torture for me to get through but I didn't crave to get back to it. I love that feeling of wanting to read all the time. Getting engrossed in the characters and the story and as you get toward the end, you don't want to read the last few pages because you don't want it to end. This was not that kind of book for me.
The book is about Jeremy a writer and Lexie, a librarian he meets when he visits a small town to get a story for his column. Maybe if I had read True Believer the precursor to this book I would have liked it better?!
It was supposed to be this great love story of this couple who come from very different backgrounds and after she gets pregnant try to make a go of it. I didn't find the relationship strong or loving. I didn't particularly like Lexie and was often left wondering why Jeremy stayed.
There is a level of mystery but I have never been a great fan of that either so for me it was unnecessary.
As Lexie's pregnancy become problematic the story became more interesting for me. I felt like the story just dragged then this was this problem, and the story just took off for me.
It was like when you are sitting in traffic, moving at 2 miles an hour for a long period of time and then the traffic clears, you see no indication as to why it was slow to begin with, and you are suddenly doing 65 miles an hour with no cars in front of you.
The ending was abrupt and sad but not sad enough to bring tears to the eyes of this usual cry baby.
I am sure for Nicholas Sparks fans this book was everything they had hoped for. For me, not so much. Not to say it is badly written, just not my cup of tea as they say.
May 26, 2008
Trust and Lies
This book is a continuation of the story begun in True Believer. It captures many of the adjustments involved in early marriage and pregnancy and the realization that men and women think and act differently. The couple struggles with learning to trust each other when someone is deliberately trying to break them up. There is tragedy and healing.
Jan 11, 2008
i have to agree this is a heart warming story with a surprise twist at the end. i have been a sparks fan ever since he wrote the wedding. if you have never read any of his books start with the books that have been made into movies. i read the book then watch the movie. i hope this one turns into a movie. his newest book the choice is an excellent choice. the books that have turned into movies are: message in a bottle, my personal favorite is walk to remember,notebook-this one in my opinion is hard to follow without reading the book, the book goes into alot of detail like she is famous and her paintings are in museums all over the world(page 165)
May 25, 2007
This was a great read as are all of his books
Apr 20, 2007
Another Sparks Heartbreaker
Another heart-wrenching story from Nicholas Sparks that moves one to contemplate the things that mean the most in life. Two people who fall in love, move forward from their pasts, and love each other wholly; created a bond and a life. Prepare yourself for another sad ending from Sparks.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-09-12 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 divorce 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. (Oct. 18) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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