The Return by Nicholas Sparks

For those who like a good heartfelt novel, with a sprinkle of romance – then this is your Nicholas Sparks novel to read. I am not a huge romance, perfect love story reader but this was just the perfect balance for me to enjoy and root for a happy ending.

Trevor, in between careers and deciding what to do in life in general is back in the small town his grandfather lived in. He has to decide what to do with the house, beehives, boat and anything else of his grandfathers he may not be aware of. At least he has a place to stay while he gets things in order for the next phase of is life in Boston. At least that is the plan for now.

He gets a visit from the local sheriff asking if anything appears to be stolen or broken in the house. There had been sightings of what some thought were candles in the house at times, and so she had been just keeping any eye on the place to make sure no one squatted or vagrants damaged anything. Things seemed to be fine, although he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to tell if anything as missing even. But the place was clean, and organized More organized than he thought his grandfather might have left it. The back door had been boarded up, but that was all. Trevor wasn’t worried.

The sheriff had caught Trevor’s eye, and maybe he would see she was interested. There was no ring on her finger after all. As he tries to get closer to sheriff Natalie Masterson – she seems to be giving off mixed signals. She agrees to dinner or coming to see the beehives but then she becomes very distant and makes excuses for errands that need running and being busy with her work schedule and changing shifts.

A young girl is often walking past his place, and to be neighborly Trevor often will say hi. The girl seems to be easily scared and isn’t a fan of being neighborly or answering the simplest of questions. Kind of a mystery she is, until one day she falls off a ladder at the local shop and dine where she works and Trevor being a doctor jumps right in to rescue mode.

At the hospital she becomes even more of a mystery when it is found out, that she is using Trevor’s grandmother’s social security number for herself and her name is fake. Trevor remembers the strange things his grandfather was saying on his deathbed. Could he have been talking about this girl? Was he helping her, and why? Is there unfinished business?

Trevor gets wrapped up in finding out the truth about who Callie really is, and the mystery surrounding her fall as well as what she is running or hiding from. Needing some help from the sheriff. Trevor and Natalie take off on an adventure to track down Callie’s true identity and the truth about Natalie comes out. Can the two of them work it out, or will they only every be just friends?

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for the free book. I love Nicholas Sparks books and this was another great, easy, heartfelt read.

The Return

~ Goodreads – About Nicholas Sparks ~

Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), The Longest Ride (2013), See Me (2015), Two by Two (2016) and Every Breath (2018) as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His twenty-first novel, The Return, will be published on September 29, 2020.

Film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, including The ChoiceThe Longest RideThe Best of MeSafe Haven (on all of which he served as a producer), The Lucky OneMessage in a BottleA Walk to Remember, The NotebookNights in RodantheDear John and The Last Song, have had a cumulative worldwide gross of over three-quarters of a billion dollars. The Notebook is also being adapted into a musical, featuring music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson.

Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. He co-founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina in 2006. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4×400 meter, in New York. The record still stands.

The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages was launched in 2011. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of the Sparks family, more than $15 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because the Sparks family covers all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.

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