Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Review: A Bend In the Road

Where does a story truly begin? In life, there are seldom clear-cut beginnings, those moments when we can, in looking back, say that everything started. Yet there are moments when fate intersects with our daily lives, setting in motion a sequence of events whose outcome we could never have foreseen
I'm going to be completely honest, this is my least favorite book by Nicholas Sparks. It isn't badly written what so ever. I just wasn't the biggest fan of the plot. It is a Love story (Obviously) rooted in tragedy, a story of forgiveness. The characters are very likable, Miles Ryan is a deputy in a small town and is happily married to Missy, they have a son named Jonah. They are high school sweethearts and Miles can't picture his life without Missy. One night Missy goes out for a run and never comes back. She is killed in a hit and run. Miles is left devastated. He cannot move on and put these events in the past, especially because he feels he has failed in not finding her killer. When Jonah is having trouble at school, his teacher, Sarah, offers to help him after school. Sarah, recently divorced, is new to town. She meets Miles and they soon start dating and eventually fall in love. Miles is finally putting the past to rest when Sarah's case is brought up once again. His distraction in finding Missy's "killer" is putting his relationship with Sarah in jeopardy. Sarah holds the secret of who killed Miles wife. Does she sacrifice her relationship to end Miles suffering?
If you haven't read any of Nicholas Sparks previous works, I wouldn't recommend this to be your first. It isn't his greatest. Since it is a fast read, I didn't mind it.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed A Bend in the Road, but if I had to make a recommendation for a first-time Nicholas Sparks reader, I would probably pick a different book, too. After all, he's written so many to choose from! Being a published writer of love stories myself, I know it's not easy to sit down and write a realistic and easily-relatable story each and every time. The fact that Sparks has managed to create so many of them in his lifetime is amazing.
    What was it specifically about the plot that you couldn't quite get into?