- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Published: September 28, 2021
- Paperback: 401 pages
My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she meets Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce gradually shows her how much there is to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduces her to photography, a passion that will define the rest of her life.
By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.
As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.
This is a vintage Sparks. If you loved The Notebook, I daresay you will love this book too.
But be warned. You’ll need the tissues. This was a page turner. I haven’t found that with any Nicholas Sparks books for a very long time (although give me Channing Tatum in the movie, Dear John, any time).
This book takes the reader deep into North Carolina’s Outer Banks as well as New York. You can taste the salt on your tongue in North Carolina, and feel the spirit of the season in New York.
Do I really need to review it? It’s vintage Sparks. He doesn’t get 5 stars for nothing – and not just from me. Check out the reviews. So go read it, but do get the tissues. I did warn you.
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