REVIEW - The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

Thank you to Sphere for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks - with a passion that would change their lives for ever. But life would force them apart. 

Years later, the lines they had drawn between past and present are about to slip . . . Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter when they needed it most, they are faced with each other once again, and forced to confront the paths they chose. Can true love ever rewrite the past?

This is the new epic love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author of The Notebook, The Lucky One and The Last Song.

Nicolas Sparks is the master of the love story, you just have to look at his catalogue to see that it contains some of the most romantic, tear-jerking epic stories ever, The Notebook, Dear John, Safe Haven......

I had a feeling this was going to be a good story but I also knew I'd have to get a box of tissues handy for the inevitable tears.

Dawson and Amanda were once very much in love, teenagers from very different backgrounds, like chalk and cheese but they found themselves drawn to one another and against family wishes they started their love story but it came to an end as Amanda from a wealthy background starts college, willing to give it all up for Dawson, he denies her the chance as he does not want to ruin her life by making her stay in their dead end town.

Dawson's has been living with Tuck, his mother ran off years before and his father is a drunken criminal, he hasn't had the best start in life but he wants to put it all behind him though his family does not have the best reputation which has tarnished him.  After he finishes with Amanda by making that hard decision for her to start college and leave him behind his life gets worse with an accident leading to him spending four years in jail.

The book fast forwards many years later to Dawson and Amanda as forty somethings, both have lived very different lives, they are back in their home town to attend Tuck's funeral, how will they manage to be around each other after all these years and will they rekindle the passion they felt all those years before whilst coping with incidents from the past.

This is actually my first Nicholas Sparks book and I did enjoy it, the story is very descriptive and as it reaches it climax heart breaking, Nicholas truly writes a beautiful tale and this is a great example.

Awarded 4 out of 5

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