Wednesday, November 30, 2011

THE BEST OF ME: A NICHOLAS SPARKS REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE BEST OF ME 
BY NICHOLAS SPARKS

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 31, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn't published. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.
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MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
Having read almost all of Nicholas Sparks' novels, I was thrilled to get a copy of THE BEST OF ME. I am reading it now and loving it, especially on the long car trip part of my holiday. I will post my review with an opportunity for you to get BONUS ENTRIES prior to the end of the giveaway. Be sure and watch for it and I think the review will be positive but books can turn this way and that so we shall see. Thanks for your patience as I finish up this one! 

GIVEAWAY 
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Harvee said...

I like reading What If books that revisit the past and speculate on what might have been.

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I am fascinated that Sparks' first books were not a hit with publishers but yet he finally went on to become a well known author.

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I would like to see if they can get back together again.
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I didn't know he was born in Omaha! Looking forward to the new title.
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Pat L. said...

I like anything Nicholas writes. You do need a lot of tissues, tho. LOL.
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I found out N. was born in Omaha.
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I have read almost all of Nicholas' books.
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rubynreba said...

I really enjoy Nicholas Sparks books and I want to see what happens when they meet again!

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CMash said...

Embarrassed to say that I have never read a Sparks book, and the fact that you have read all of them and loved them, is enough for me. Have my fingers crossed on this one.
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Margie said...

I have read several Sparks books. The storyline of revisiting the past and trying to pick up where you left off is intriguing.
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As a dog lover, my favorite Sparks book would have to be The Guardian.
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CMash said...

From his website, was surprised that he had no degree in fine arts with all the successful books he has written.
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Karen B said...

To meet up with your first love 25 years later - fascinating premise!
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I was surprised that NS early works were not liked by publishers.

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Steve Capell said...

There are authors that allow the readers to live in the novel. Nicholas Sparks is one of those authors. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Carol N Wong said...

I want to know why the couple broke up. Also, I have been a Nicholas Sparks fan ever since I listened to the audio version of "Safe Haven" which I won from you. Nicholas Sparks understands women, how they think and makes the books great.

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Sue Farrell said...

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