Author: Nicholas Sparks

Narrator: Kyf Brewer

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Review

The Return by Nicholas Sparks is the typical Nicholas Sparks romance I’ve been waiting years for.

Trevor moves back to New Bern after being sent home from Afghanistan after getting injured. He moves into the house his grandfather left him.  Trevor is curious about his grandfather’s death so decides to investigate.  He meets deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson and instantly develops feelings for her.  Natalie won’t get close to Trevor, which leaves Trevor wondering what is she hiding?

Callie is a teenager living alone in a trailer park.  Trevor is told she was close to his grandfather.  Callie refuses to tell Trevor anything about herself or anything about his grandfather.  An unexpected event causes Trevor to find answers while trying to help Callie.

I really enjoyed The Return.  The Return is a typical Nicholas Sparks romance with two people that shouldn’t be together falling in love.  I was so curious to find out what Natalie was hiding and why she was so hot and cold.  The mystery of Trevor’s grandfather and Callie was also very interesting.  There were so many different aspects of this book that kept the reader interested.  I really liked Trevor and Natalie.  Trevor is such a caring person.  He doesn’t want to fall in love but easily falls in love with Natalie. Natalie is an interesting character. She is a deputy sheriff but shows her softer side to Trevor. She is a strong woman. Callie seemed so standoffish, but once her secrets are revealed everything makes sense.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kyf Brewer and thought he did a great job. He was the perfect voice for Trevor.

I recommend The Return to all Nicholas Sparks fans.

About the Author

Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), The Longest Ride (2013), See Me (2015), Two by Two (2016) and Every Breath (2018) as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His twenty-first novel, The Return, was published on September 29, 2020.

Film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, including The ChoiceThe Longest RideThe Best of MeSafe Haven (on all of which he served as a producer), The Lucky OneMessage in a BottleA Walk to Remember, The NotebookNights in RodantheDear John and The Last Song, have had a cumulative worldwide gross of over three-quarters of a billion dollars. The Notebook is also being adapted into a musical, featuring music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson.

Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. He co-founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina in 2006. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4×400 meter, in New York. The record still stands. Click to watch the Runner’s World video with Nicholas.

The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages was launched in 2011. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of the Sparks family, more than $15 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because the Sparks family covers all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.

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