Friday, May 04, 2007

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks

Grade: C+
Cover Grade: B
Buy It: Here

The Cover:
Well when I decided to do this with each new book I reviewed I thought it'd be fun. And it is, with bad covers. lol. I mean what do I say about this one? The lighthouse is nice? haha. This is the type of cover I like in all seriousness though. The picture has meaning to the story, there aren't any people on the cover. All's good.

From the Publisher:
As a science journalist with a regular column in Scientific American, Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the supernatural and has a real nose for the strange and unusual. A born skeptic, he travels to the small town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, determined to find the real cause behind the ghostly apparitions that appear in the town cemetery. What he doesn't plan on, however, is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, granddaughter of the town psychic. Now, if the young lovers are to have any kind of future at all, Jeremy must make a difficult choice: return to the life he knows, or do something he could never do before-take a giant leap of faith.

From Me:
In the beginning Jeremy is in the process of proving a man cannot really speak to ghosts and prove him the fraud he is. Jeremy has been a journalist for many years and has always loved his career. He has one failed marriage under his belt, which his job may have had something to do with it's end but also something that goes so much deeper and hurts so much more. Ever since Jeremy's been the typical bachelor, dates here and there...nothing serious.

When he gets a letter to go visit a small town to investigate lights that are being seen in a cemetery and the legend behind it, he is really just looking for some down time between real projects. Usually these types of things are caused by someone making it up, or some type of natural cause. There is of course not any real ghosts out there.

Lexie was born and raised in Boone Creek and loves everything about it. Her grandmother, that she loves deeply, is here, and she runs the town library she loves just as much. She's gone to college and lived for a bit in the big city, NY. And although it's exciting and fresh, it was not home. So when Jeremy comes to town and there is mutual attraction between them Lexie denies it. After all she's already gone down that road, the man never wants to stay in a small town like this and she sure isn't moving.

We follow both Jeremy and Lexie while they figure out how important what they feel for each other is, what is worth sacrificing for it. We feel Jeremy's hurt and guilt over what really ended his first marriage. And Lexie's worry that she's just going down a well traveled road of hurt and pain again.

Oh and yeah we find out about the lights. lol.

This book was cute, if a bit boring. I think if there wasn't as much talk about Jeremy's job as a scientific journalist I'd have liked it a whole lot more. But that's cause that subject doesn't interest me. So if it does you and you want a sweet romance? This is a book for you.

If I remember right (it was well over a month ago I listened to this) the sex scene was very sweet and touching, like a lot of meaning was behind it. I don't know how to explain it. lol. But just because it was a NS (which aren't usually HOT reads) book it still held appeal in that area, even if you don't get to read the entire act.

I'm such a perv.

24 Comments:

Chantal said...

If you really look you can see two people on the cover. Just thought I would point that out to you.
*giggle*

I saw a few of the movies made from his books, but I have never read him.

Chantal said...

Oh, and I hate romance movies, so I didn't enjoy them.

Go figure.

Nicole said...

Ha ha, I know they are there. lol. I don't mind that cause you just know they are there, you can't see any features on them at all. It is still up to my imagination.

Take my blog template here and at my personal blog. Both have people on them, but you don't really get any direct features from either.

I've only read this one and A Walk To Remember. I love AWTR! The book is better than the movie but the movie is still a fav of mine. I also wathed The Notebook, and was not impressed.

Rowena said...

I don't usually get Nicholas Sparks books, I don't kow why though...

Nicole said...

I know, I'm kinda the same way. I have like 7 of his books that I've randomly picked up at sales but have only read one and now listened to one.

Charm School Reject said...

Girls, I don't know what the F your problems are.....seriously. I am so in love with Nicholas Sparks. When I "met" him at a book signing it was love at first sight. Seriously.

I cry during all of his books. I will admit though, that his last book, Dear John, while it was good, was stringing on the sap factor a little much. Someone in his books deserve a happy ending DAMMIT! That's the only thing I don't like.

BUT you should READ The Notebook. Very very good. AND it has a sequal (THE WEDDING) which is even better.

I like sobby stories. Sue me.

The more tears the better, I say.

Another good sob story writer is James Patterson. Oh my freakin Gosh. Seriously.

Nicole said...

CSR,
I love me some sob stories too, and A Walk to Remember is one of my faves. But he just doesn't grab me like other authors do.

I've read JP's sob books and OMG LOVE them! The Suzzanne's Diary for Nicholas (is that the title?) is soooooo good. Had me balling. I'm gonna do a reread and blog on it.

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