My emotional reaction to this story was lots of tears, because the storyline featured a little boy that went missing, and I am a mom to a little boy so it pulled on my heartstrings!
I don't have to recommend anyone to read this novel because almost all of my female friends love to read anything by Nicholas Sparks. But to everyone else, I would recommend it to anyone that is a parent, likes a good tearjerker and happy ending.
The setting of the story is a small town where everybody knows eachother. It is one of those towns where nobody ever leaves and their families have lived there for years and years.
The story is about a single mom's little boy going missing on a dark rainy night, following a car accident. The mother, Denise is understandably distraught and the emergency services spend all night looking for her son, Kyle, in marshes, one fireman, Taylor, in particular who knows the lands well uses his skills to find Kyle.
When Taylor is introduced to the story, the reader automatically thinks "perfect match for Denise" as he seems like a straight-up guy and they are perfect for eachother. But he has baggage and no good reason for it, which causes the relationship between Taylor and Denise to go slowly. Very, very, slowly.
The theme of the story is about the rescue of a little boy, but it obviously ends up being the rescue of Taylor and his issues. Finally.
The message in the story shows that two good people end up together, a single mom who is not by choice single, and Taylor who is single because his relationships never work out, he just needed that one lady to understand why...
I read this book after falling in love with the movie The Notebook, but after reading through about 5 of Spark's novels, the plot is usually the same. But I have to say the books are much better than the movies, which have usually been hollywood-ised - such as the ending gets changed to be a sappy happy one.
It's a rare man that can write about such profound romance and feeling between a couple - or have I just been surrounded by unemotional men all my life? When I discovered that The Notebook was written by a MAN, I was rather surprised and assumed he must have grown up in a household full of women. But upon reading about him, I have discovered his upbringing was very average although scattered with sad life experiences.
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