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 
THANK YOU TO BRAD AND THE GOOD
FRIENDS AT HACHETTE BOOKS FOR A 
COPY OF THE BEST OF ME THAT I
AM ABLE TO OFFER AS A GIVEAWAY TO
ONE LUCKY READER OF MY BLOG
 
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HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU READ AND SAW ABOVE ABOUT THE BEST OF ME  THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
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GOOD LUCK!

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Connie said...

I like the idea of this book of a lost romance that took place in the 80's and what current times are today. :)

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bloomerbear said...

I love Nicholas Sparks books and I love that its based in 1984

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I like the statement-Can love truly rewrite the past, this book sounds like a great read

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I like books about past loves.

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The Notebook was one of my favorite of his books.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I think this sounds wonderful. It is right around the time my sister graduated high school for the beginning part and she loves this author so I would love tos hare this with her~

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Misusedinnocence said...

I never realized Nicholas lived in Minnesota as a kid. Cool!

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I am interested in reading about what draws them apart and wajht brings them back together.

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I find it interesting that Nicholas Sparks collborated on a book with Olympic gold medalist, Billy Mills.

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