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Summary

Get swept up in an epic romance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Notebook , a heartbreaking love story spanning decades and continents--from North Carolina to Zimbabwe.

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--while asking the question, How long can a dream survive?


Author Notes

Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame.

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 spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list. Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Choice, The Last Song, Safe Haven, The Best of Me, See Me, The Longest Ride, and Two by Two. The Choice will become his eleventh film adaptation.

Sparks is involved in many 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. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Sparks (Two by Two , 2016) is known for crafting sweeping romances that make readers feel deeply and believe in the power of love. In 1990, Hope Anderson visits her family's longtime summer cottage on the North Carolina coast. In town for a friend's wedding, Hope welcomes the brief solitude as she contemplates her father's ALS diagnosis and questions her waning relationship with her boyfriend. Tru Walls, a Zimbabwe-born safari guide, is invited to North Carolina by a man claiming to be his father. Curious enough to accept the invitation, Tru finds himself staying in a lavish beach house next to a charming cottage occupied by a lovely woman. When Hope and Tru meet on the beach, they are drawn to each other but never expect to make a connection that will change their lives forever. Sparks confirms his gifts as he spans the last two decades and transports readers to the bush of Zimbabwe and the Carolina coast in this thoughtfully researched and spellbinding story of love that defies time, a tale both heartbreaking and heartwarming. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Sparks is a perennial best-seller, with 11 of his novels made into movies, so this is a must-have.--Patricia Smith Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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