In the romantic tradition of Dear John and The Lucky One, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the story of an injured Navy doctor and two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.
Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked as an orthopaedic surgeon sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.
Tending to his grandfather’s beloved beehives while gearing up for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn’t prepared to fall in love with a local… and yet, from their very first encounter, his connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson can’t be ignored. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she’s hiding.
Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road from his grandfather’s cabin. Claiming to be 17 she works at the local sundries store and keeps to herself. When he discovers she was once befriended by his grandfather, Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather’s death, but she offers few clues – until a crisis triggers a race that will uncover the true nature of Callie’s past, one more intertwined with the elderly man’s passing than Trevor could ever have anticipated. In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie’s secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness… and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.
Nicholas Sparks is more than an author – he’s a phenomenon. He wrote his first novel, The Notebook at just 28-years of age. Since then, thirteen of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages. Eleven of his novels have been made into films.
Once again Sparks has hit all the right notes, with the wonderful small-town setting, compelling characters with interesting backstories, and a romance that sweeps you up until the final page. Add to this a bit of a mystery, and you’ll find yourself deeply immersed and invested in this wonderful novel.
I could say wait for the movie, because I’m sure there’ll be one, but then you’ll be missing out on the opportunity to discover this wonderful story on the page. The Return is a Spark(s)ling delight. Nicholas Sparks has done it again.