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Nicholas Sparks: My top 3 picks!

It’s been a while since I read a book by Nicholas Sparks and I didn’t realise how much I missed his writing until I picked up Two by Two last week. In honour of finally picking up another Nicholas Sparks book to read, I decided to make a list of my 3 favourite Nicholas Sparks books of all time. I’ve read a lot of his books and quite honestly loved them all, but these 3 stood out above the rest.

Nicholas Sparks is one of my favourite authors. In fact, I would have to attribute my love of reading to his wonderful books. His books have everything. I mean EVERYTHING. They have romance, heartbreak and tragedy. They make you smile, laugh and cry. His books make you feel so many emotions all within the space of a few chapters.

Ok enough of my raving, here’s my top 3 Nicholas Sparks picks:

#1: The Best of Me

What the blurb says:

“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 between past and present are about to slip… Called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who gave them shelter when they needed it the most, they are faced with each other once again. Can true love ever rewrite the past?”

Why I love it:

I remember reading this book a few years ago, sitting on the couch in the loungeroom with my mum in the chair next to mine. All cosy with my book, tears started rolling my down cheeks. My mum looked over and said to me, “How are you crying? I’ve never cried when reading a fiction book before”. I wiped my tears and replied, “Well you’ve obviously never read a book by Nicholas Sparks”.

It might seem strange that the fact a book made me cry is one of the main reasons I love it. I just love the power of words, especially those written by Nicholas Sparks. I also love when a book has an ending that can completely shock me. While I do love an ending that we can all see coming, but still gives that warm fuzzy feeling, I am always impressed when a book has a twist that I didn’t expect whatsoever. This was one of those books and I still remember sitting there, mouth agape, not believing the words I was reading.

#2: A Walk to Remember

What the blurb says:

“Landon Carter would never have dreamed of asking Jamie Sullivan out, but a twist of fate throws them together. In the months that follow, Landon breaks down Jamie’s natural reserve and begins to get to know her – and to fall in love. But then he discovers that Jamie has a reason for not letting people close – a secret that will break his heart.”

Why I love it:

This is one of those books where I watched the movie before I read the book. It’s one of the first Nicholas Sparks books I ever read. I loved the movie so much and just had to experience it in book form as well. It’s not often I read a book when I’ve already seen the movie. I much prefer to read the book first, but in this case, it was so worth reading the book.

This story is both heart-warming and heartbreaking, much like most Nicholas Sparks books. Having already seen the movie did not spoil the book for me, as usual, there were quite a few differences. While I knew the outcome, I was so happy getting to experience the story through the wonderful words of Nicholas Sparks. His writing draws you in and makes you feel. Sometimes you feel too much. You feel the hurt, the happiness and the heartbreak. Let me tell you, it is all so worth it.

#3: The Choice

What the blurb says:

“Travis Parker has it all: a good job, great friends, a dream home in North Carolina. And in this dedicated pursuit of the good life, Travis has absolutely no interest in a woman ruining it all. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

Despite his extra neighbourly efforts, the alluring redhead simply will not warm to him, rebuffing his every attempt. But Travis is strangely compelled to get closer to her, leading them both down a road where they will face tough decisions, shocking revelations and heart-wrenching consequences.

How far would you go to keep the promise of love alive?”

Why I love it:

I’ve read quite a few reviews on this book where people have complained about the story being unrealistic. I personally don’t have a problem with unrealistic books. Sometimes it’s nice to escape reality and believe that two people can fall in love over the course of two days and have a happy life together, right? I actually loved the swift connection between Travis and Gabby. Then, I found myself drawn in by ‘the choice’ Travis must make, frantically reading to the end to find out what happens.

 

If you love a bit of romance, I recommend giving Nicholas Sparks a shot. I’m a hopeless romantic and while I love a typical romance where everything just seems perfect, I’m also drawn to when the road to love is rocky, but the connection conquers all. Nicholas Sparks throws in plenty of heartbreak and tragedy, but his books always seem to leave me with that warm, fuzzy feeling of a true love story.

 

Enjoy,

Tegan xx

 

 

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