Thursday, December 08, 2011 Posted by Dina N
In the fall of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for a funeral. Neither has lived the life they imagined... and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers soon realize that everything they thought they knew - about themselves and the dreams they held dear - was not as it seemed. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?
The Best of Me is a touching love story, deeply emotional and with a touch of the miraculous. Amanda and Dawson have a first love that's meant to last forever - until life intervenes and tears them apart. Over two decades later, Amanda has a family of her own but Dawson has never really moved on in his emotional life. The death of an old friend brings the two together, and fulfilling his last wishes, Amanda and Dawson get a second chance.
Mr. Sparks has written a masterfully complex drama that I just could not put down. The characters are believable and well-drawn, and the ending is unusual but not quite unexpected. Fans of Nicholas Sparks will surely enjoy his latest novel. It will make a great movie but first, you should read the book.
The Best of Me is new this fall from Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.