I enjoyed this book a lot – this story was the kind that I’ve come to expect from Nicholas Sparks, which is exactly why I read it. I love a good love story and Nicholas Sparks is great at making the connections between the characters strong, and their struggles seem real. Also, I’ve always loved the settings he places the stories.
This book was told a bit differently as we not only saw the POV of Katie, the love interest who arrives in town running from an abusive relationship, and Alex, the handsome widowed parent of two, but we also see Katie’s husband’s POV and his mental state. I didn’t really enjoy reading his sections much because I didn’t want to be in his head. He is an abusive, psychopath, and I didn’t want to understand him, or see the spiral of his thoughts. It made me a bit uncomfortable. However, Sparks chose to tell the story through him as well so the readers could see the gradual change, what was happening with him miles away, and how things were going to come to a crashing climax. This made the struggle, the love, and the result, more wonderful, in result.
I thought this was a sweet love story, filled with the usual great tragedy, and I enjoyed it. The ending was cute as well, and added a little twist that I did not expect.
I recommend this book.