The Return

The Return

eBook - 2020
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In the romantic tradition of Dear John, Nicholas Sparks returns with the story of an injured Navy doctor -- and two women whose secrets will change the course of his life in this #1 New York Times bestseller. Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he'd inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any. Tending to his grandfather's beloved beehives, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding. Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road. Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues -- until a crisis triggers a race to uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could ever have imagined. In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie's secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness . . . and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Grand Central Publishing, 2020
ISBN: 9781538704295
Characteristics: 368 p
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Catlady10
Mar 03, 2021

Nice read, some mystery and some sad romance. It is a slower pace read but I enjoyed it all and found myself looking forward to read in the evening to learn more on all the unanswered questions.

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Sheila1975
Feb 27, 2021

a definite 4* for me-great story, as expected by Nicholas Sparks. He never disappoints and keeps us hooked with his themes and characters and how he so expertly and emotionally meshes his stories together. A super read-won't disappoint!!

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darladoodles
Feb 26, 2021

Give me a minute to blow my nose. Can't read a Nicholas Sparks book without needing tissues, right? This story about Trevor, Natalie, and Callie seemed at times to be too long and at other times too short. Sure, the big romance is kindled early in the book. Then things stall out and it takes a bit too long for the mystery of Callie to be solved. I do love the opportunity that Trevor's character gives to explore PTSD. Also, the deceased grandfather is a rich addition to the narrative. Even in death we can consider him a major character. There is a bit of the old 'Notebook' feel to this and also a bit of 'A Walk to Remember' which is my favorite Sparks book. I'm sure others will see bits and pieces of their favorites, too. Get your tissues ready and enjoy.

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weezie1
Feb 23, 2021

Very boring but at the end the story line picked up and the last few chapters were the best. He took a long time to get to the good part.

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Petuniax3
Feb 15, 2021

Certainly not one of Sparks best books. He was entirely too descriptive of mundane things. If you took out every time he ate breakfast, lunch or dinner, or what he was wearing or the weather, it would be half a book. The story itself was weak and not really believable.

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islandqueen47
Feb 07, 2021

Lame, lame, lame! Halfway through story and nothing has happened. Lots of information about bees and description of food prep. Listened to this tale on CD and kept falling asleep.

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K4Hiemstra
Jan 08, 2021

I really enjoyed this story, while perhaps some predictability, you can never go wrong with Nicholas Sparks.

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Margush
Jan 03, 2021

My 50-page rule was applied to this book which means I made myself to read the first 50 pages to get interested. The rest of interesting, though, but a bit naive.

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slaughlin12
Dec 12, 2020

I enjoyed this story! Definitely one that kept me guessing and excited to read. I thought it was a great love story.

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MB_kcls
Dec 01, 2020

I am not wowed or moved by 'The Return'. While it's interesting enough, it's certainly not unputdownable.

The only constant in the 'The Return' is the lead character, a former orthopedic surgeon moving on from devastating wartime injuries. But the story is a ball of confusion as there is little weaving of the sub-plots. They sort of jump about all over the place. The major parts of the story are dealt with in snippets with the revelations conveniently coming out near the end of the book.

There are no tears with 'The Return'. There is no browsing back through memorable or moving passages. It's a good story but less than we know Nicholas Sparks to be capable.

3 Stars

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