Book Review: “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks


I started a book reading challenge with my local library! I get to try ten different books and get out of my reading comfort zone. Considering I am reading my way through Nora Roberts works and back again – I gladly accepted.

My first choice was to read a book that has been made into a Movie or TV Show – I chose “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks. I thought that this would be a great book to start off with because I was familiar with Nicholas Sparks’ work but didn’t read it on a regular basis.

The book was made into a movie in 2014 and despite my love of romantic movies, it was one that I have never seen. Another reason why I chose to read the book. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a love story told by one of the best.

Grabbing this book, I was attracted to the house displayed on the cover I knew it played a part in the story and the way the vines were taking over, the single metal chair, and the gorgeous planter displaying wildflowers gave me a warm feeling just imaging what it represented. Being a Nicholas Sparks book, I expected an epic love story and that is exactly what I got.

Dawson and Amanda were two high school sweethearts madly in love with each other despite being from opposite sides of the tracks. After twenty five years they are reunited for a funeral and discover the love they had for one another hasn’t been matched. Leading to the question, Can love rewrite the past?

What I really enjoyed about this book was the relatability. I was instantly able to see parts of myself in Dawson Cole, then as I met Amanda, I could see myself in her too. By relating to the characters I wasn’t able to put the book down because I had to know more. I had to know how they solved the problems that I connected with. It became a form of therapy. The foreshadowing was spot on. I had just enough intrigue but didn’t know what was going to happen until it did.

I definitely was moved by this book and felt the swell of emotion in my chest but the tears never came. Not until I finished the book did I realize I was waiting for the tears. I have read five other books by Nicholas Sparks that left me crying and vowing to never read them again to save myself from the sorrow. The only thing I can think of is I never had a high school sweetheart, my first love is my husband, and this is the first time that  I have read one of his books while being secure in my relationship and myself.

You should definitely read this book if your looking for a true love story with the up and downs that we all experience, not the fairy tale perfect world with problems that can easily be solved. That’s why I always enjoy a Nicholas Sparks book – he keeps it real and tackles the tough problems that aren’t so easy to solve.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks

  1. I started 2018 with the same goal. I find myself always reading the same genre, I guess because I know what to expect. I wanted to get into memoirs now, and I have not been disappointed. OUr book club is reading Accidental Jesus Freak by Amber Starfire and it’s been absolutely amazing. Empowerment is something we all need whenever we can get it. Her site is and her book info is there.


    1. Yes! I think reading in the same genre is comforting, you know what to expect and how its supposed to happen! I have a memoir on my list – I’ll check it out! I’m onto my third book of this challenge so far and it has not disappointed me so far!
      I definitely agree that empowerment is something we can’t get enough of!!!


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