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After an eight month long hiatus, I am back. And I could not be more excited about it.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

My Overall Rating:

Age Recommendation:
This book is age appropriate for most readers. There are some sexual references but they are fairly mild. Any mature reader should be able to handle it.

Cover Art:
I love the nostalgia that the cover brings. It really ties in with the story, but it doesn't give anything away, which I like a lot.

Nicholas Sparks brings back two characters from his beloved bestseller, True Believer, in this continuing saga of extraordinary love.

There are few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he'd never do: he'd never leave New York City; never give his heart away again after barely surviving one failed marriage; and most of all, never become a parent. Now, Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, married to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the birth of their daughter. But, just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, an unsettling and mysterious message reopens old wounds and sets off a chain of events that will forever change the course of this young couple's marriage.

My Review:
Life always has it's hardships. And in this book, we follow Jeremy Marsh through quite a few. In the prequel, True Believer, we follow Jeremy to North Carolina in search of a story for his column in a science journal. There he meets Lexie. Throughout the story we experience the couple fall in love after Jeremy's previous mariage had fallen apart.

At First Sight began as the epilouge to it's prequel, but ran too long, so it became it's own book. The story starts out in present time and then tells the story from where True Believer left off. We follow Jeremy as he begins his transition from busy NYC to quiet Boone Creek to strat his life with Lexie and their unborn baby girl. Moving and starting over is never easy, but for Jeremy it has been extremely hard. He got Lexie pregnant out of wedlock and not everyone is ok with this event. And now, strange e-mails are appearing leaving him to question his relationship with Lexie and whether or not she has been honest with him. These events, along with some other smaller details, such as the locals in Boone Creek and Jeremy's family do not make this transition easy for anyone.

Again, Sparks did a wonderful job in his character development and plot development. This story flows seemlessly with it's sequel, but it can also be read alone. Which is exactly what I did. I read them backwards because I failed to realize that it was a sequel. But Sparks did such an amazing job that it didn't matter. I felt like I knew the characters personally even though I missed their initial introduction. I could not put this book down, and I love to re-read it. It's such a sweet story of true love that can make anyone fall under a trance. I will warn you however that you may need a box of tissues with you. There are some very emotional and heartwarming parts that just makes the tears come, even if you don't want them too. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good heartwarming story of two people crazily in love doing everything they can to be with one another.

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