by Nicholas Sparks
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?
Christina’s 4.5 Blush Review
Nicholas Sparks is a master storyteller, and one who constantly draws inspiration from his own life experiences. Every Breath is another example of how beautifully Sparks crafts his novels of life, love, loss and Hope.
Hope and Tru are two wonderfully developed characters with a love story as beautiful as it is heart breaking. There are so many facets of their story that I wanted to be different, but that’s not real life, is it? We don’t get to define and control every moment of our day. Instead, we are at the mercy of fate and destiny and Sparks does an excellent job of portraying that by sharing Hope and Tru’s story. I love the way we get glimpses of life in small town North Carolina through Hope’s eyes, and the Bush-life in South Africa through Tru’s eyes. In a really unique way, we get glimpses of this beautiful couple through Sparks’ eyes which might end up being my favorite parts of this book: the prologue and epilogue.
Even though I’ve finished the book and come to terms with their story and how it’s ending, I want so badly for things to be different for them. I want Sparks to rewrite the entire novel and give me exactly what my heart desires for them, and what I know they desire for each other. But that’s not going to happen and the reality is that their story and the way it’s been written is pretty perfect just the way it is. Is it sad? Yes. Is it heart breaking? Yes. It is it remorseful? Yes. How will you feel at the end? Peaceful, content and full of Hope.