I am a sucker for a good romance novel; and to me, you just can't beat a Nicholas Sparks book. The hubby makes fun of me for reading all of Sparks' books because he says they are too formulaic...but what does he know, he's never read any of them?!
Actually, if I am honest with myself, the hubby is right (don't you dare tell him I said that); Sparks' books do seem to fall into a sort of routine: all of them take place in a small town in North Carolina, a few of them use dogs as a main character, there is usually some kind of tragedy, etc, etc...but what can I say, I just can't help myself.
Sparks weaves such a beautiful romance within each of his books that I just can't seem to put them down.
I just finished two of his more recent novels: The Lucky One and Dear John. I am not going to write about both of them in the post because, well, I just like to keep things separated like that.
Dear John, although the majority of it too took place in a small town in North Carolina, actually veered from Sparks' norm. I believe he stepped outside his comfort zone and wrote a modern-day war love story, complete with scenes from Iraq.
John Tyree, an angry young man raised only by his father, enlisted in the army right after high school in order to escape the destructive path in which he saw his life heading.
During one of his leaves, he meets Savannah Lynn Curtis, his polar opposite and yet his compliment in life. It is an immediate attraction between the two and when it comes time for John to return to duty, they vow to make their relationship last.
Little did they know that 9/11 was right around the corner and that their love would face some of the largest hardships and decisions known to man.
I would highly recommend this book to all those who love a good love story; but like any Nicholas Sparks book, be prepared for some inevitable heartbreaks.
What good books have you all read lately?