Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Meeting Nicholas Sparks

Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting my favorite author, Nicholas Sparks.

He is everything you would assume the author of The Notebook, The Guardian and The Lucky One to be like -- genuine, kind and charming.

In honor of meeting Nicholas Sparks, I would like to recommend my top five favorite books of his:

1) The Guardian

It starts off describing a typical woman in an average life. When she least expects it, something incredible happens to her. When you think the story will have a happy ending and no climax, Sparks throws a curve ball at you that will leave you racing through the last 100 pages.

2) True Believer

Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate New Yorker: handsome, almost always dressed in black, and part of the media elite. An expert on debunking the supernatural with a regular column in “Scientific American," he receives a letter from the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights that appear in a legend-shrouded cemetery, he can’t resist driving down to investigate.

Here, in this tightly knit community, Lexie Darnell runs the town’s library, just as her mother did before the accident that left Lexie an orphan. Jeremy expects to spend a quick week in “the sticks” before speeding back to the city. But from the moment he sets eyes on Lexie, he is intrigued and attracted to this beautiful woman who speaks with a soft drawl and confounding honesty. Read more.

3) The Choice

The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heart wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive? Read more.

4) A Bend in the Road

Miles Ryan’s life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As a deputy in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but also longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son, Jonah.

Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret—one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in . . . and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever. Read more.

5) The Lucky One

When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies.

Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth. Read more.

If you are looking for books that are real love stories (and don't always have happy endings), Sparks is the author for you. I'm looking forward to starting his new book, The Best of Me.



  1. This was a good book that had a hard time putting down. It was a little different from his other books.The book teaches use about true love.

  2. I am looking for happy endings.. Which of his books should I read?