The Return

The Return

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"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 orthopedic surgeon sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he'd inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any. Tending to his grandfather's beloved bee hives while preparing for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. 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. Claiming to be 17, she works at the local sundries store and keeps to herself. Discovering that 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 have ever 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."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781538728574
Branch Call Number: Fic Spar
Characteristics: ix, 355 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 16, 2021

Boring, boring boring, first time I could not read a Nicholas Sparks book without finishing in one or two days. Worst ever from him.

May 30, 2021

I always love Nicholas Spark, but this was not my favorite. I like the premise a lot and enjoyed the mystery of it. Too much time spent on background of Trevor and the bees. Was slow moving.

May 18, 2021

This books is an example to have patience through hard times and good tidings will come. A devastating impact happened to the main character, which brought him to really evaluate his life and whether he’s living “his life”. He begins to forgive the people around him who hurt him and begins to feel content with himself. The representation between Bees and Flowers that the author uses shows the importance of taking care of our mental health. The book also teaches us to move on with life. I recommend this book and I rate it a 9/10.
@Bella of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

May 07, 2021

Sappy and not much of a plot

Mar 03, 2021

Nice read, some mystery and some sad romance. It is a slower pace read but I enjoyed it all and found myself looking forward to read in the evening to learn more on all the unanswered questions.

Feb 27, 2021

a definite 4* for me-great story, as expected by Nicholas Sparks. He never disappoints and keeps us hooked with his themes and characters and how he so expertly and emotionally meshes his stories together. A super read-won't disappoint!!

Feb 26, 2021

Give me a minute to blow my nose. Can't read a Nicholas Sparks book without needing tissues, right? This story about Trevor, Natalie, and Callie seemed at times to be too long and at other times too short. Sure, the big romance is kindled early in the book. Then things stall out and it takes a bit too long for the mystery of Callie to be solved. I do love the opportunity that Trevor's character gives to explore PTSD. Also, the deceased grandfather is a rich addition to the narrative. Even in death we can consider him a major character. There is a bit of the old 'Notebook' feel to this and also a bit of 'A Walk to Remember' which is my favorite Sparks book. I'm sure others will see bits and pieces of their favorites, too. Get your tissues ready and enjoy.

Feb 23, 2021

Very boring but at the end the story line picked up and the last few chapters were the best. He took a long time to get to the good part.

Feb 15, 2021

Certainly not one of Sparks best books. He was entirely too descriptive of mundane things. If you took out every time he ate breakfast, lunch or dinner, or what he was wearing or the weather, it would be half a book. The story itself was weak and not really believable.

Feb 07, 2021

Lame, lame, lame! Halfway through story and nothing has happened. Lots of information about bees and description of food prep. Listened to this tale on CD and kept falling asleep.

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