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Every Breath
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Every Breath
A Novel
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In the romantic tradition of The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals-transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable ... but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.

Illuminating life's heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, Every Breath explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties-and asks the question, How long can a dream survive?

In the romantic tradition of The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals-transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable ... but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.

Illuminating life's heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, Every Breath explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties-and asks the question, How long can a dream survive?

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  • Nicholas Sparks is the author of twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, all bestsellers—ten of them having topped the New York Times list. Many of his books have been made into feature films, including A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.

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  • Library Journal

    May 1, 2018

    Spending time at her family's North Carolina beach cottage after her father is diagnosed with ALS, Hope Anderson mulls over big life decisions. Zimbabwe-born safari guide Tru Walls is also in town, tracking down a man who claims to be his father. Will Hope and Tru meet and face off electrically? Is this a Sparks novel? With a 1.5 million-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 15, 2018
    Bestseller Sparks returns from a two-year hiatus with a heart-wrenching tale of fate and circumstance. Hope, a 36-year-old American trauma nurse, and Tru, a 42-year-old safari guide from Zimbabwe, meet while on a beach vacation in North Carolina. Hope, who is there for a friend’s wedding, and Tru, who is meeting his estranged American father for the first time, immediately take a liking to each other. After falling in love over the course of one weekend, the two are forced to confront reality as Tru learns devastating secrets about his family’s past and Hope’s on-and-off boyfriend of six years, Josh, reaches out to amend their latest breakup. When their weekend comes to an end, Hope must choose between the comfortable life she always dreamed of with Josh and exploring new possibilities with Tru. What follows is an epic romance featuring plenty of heartbreak, which helps facilitate empathy for otherwise lackluster characters. Sparks’s depiction of Hope’s father’s battle with ALS is particularly moving, as is Tru’s well-plotted family drama. The rich setting helps bring life to their story, making this a worthwhile venture for romance readers despite the cookie-cutter protagonists. Sparks fans will not be disappointed.

  • AudioFile Magazine Sean Cameron Michael and Vanessa Johansson narrate Sparks's latest tearjerker with dazzling compatibility, weaving a story of passionate love between two strangers. Tru Walls leaves his life in Zimbabwe, where he is a tour guide, and goes to North Carolina to meet his dying biological father for the first time. There he meets Hope Anderson, who is about to sell her family's cottage. Michael uses a calm, masculine voice that is compelling and romantic to express Tru's feelings. When he describes the couple's most intimate moments together, he is gentle and seductive, intensifying the magical moments between them. Johansson's voice adds to the relatability of Hope and her perceptions, making every heartbreaking circumstance affect listeners as if it were their own. D.Z. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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