- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 11, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005UJSH7E
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Dawson and Amanda had been high school sweethearts even though they came from "opposite sides of the tracks" in Oriental, NC. They split up due to pressures by her parents. She ended up married to a dentist and they had children. Dawson went to prison for four years for accidentally killing the town's doctor when driving a vehicle. Later he worked on offshore rigs in the Gulf.
Dawson and Amanda met up again over 20 years later when Tuck a mutual friend and father figure in Oriental died. His will requested that they scatter his ashes at a cottage that had been owned by him and his deceased wife. Two of Dawson's cousins hated him and made multiple attempts on his life.
At some point the ending became very predictable and typical of Sparks. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it. At least up to the predictable ending.
I'll confess, I have enjoyed Sparks novels through the years. It probably started with my wife - she likes them, too.
Generally, the ideas behind the novels have been good; however, this time it felt a little uninspired to me. Like he ran out of ideas and so used a hybrid of previous plots.
Sparks's stories have always impressed me in that he keeps it simple, yet emotionally charged. It's so easy to connect with the characters, even if you aren't from North Carolina - his standard story setting.
If you're a fan, it's still worth a read, but don't expect anything earth shattering...just a pleasant tale.