“ Author: Nicholas Sparks / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 01 December 2008 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group / Title: At First Sight / ISBN 13: 9780751541137 / ISBN 10: 0751541137 / Alternative EAN: 9780751536577 „
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The first thing I should say is that this At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks is actually a sequel to his previous novel True Believer. That being said you could read the book on its own as well. As we start the book Jeremy Marsh has given up his life in New York, which he swore he would never do, to start a family with Lexie in Boone Creek, North Carolina. You follow their relationship through as they struggle with the chain of events set into play by a mysterious message that Jeremy has received. They are on an emotional rollercoaster ride and Sparks successfully takes the reader along with them.
The way this book is written is fantastic; Sparks clearly describes every emotion with raw feeling. This is a perfect love story and it definitely won't disappoint any Sparks fan. The fact that it is a sequel meant that I was already attached to the other characters before I read this book so right from the beginning the story was already being connected to well established characters. Having said earlier that you can read this book on its own I would recommend reading True Believer first if only because it helps to get you hooked into the book much quicker.
After learning that Nicholas Sparks was the author behind the movie A Walk to Remember I decided to purchase one of his books at random; taking a stab in the dark knowing that it was his words behind the movie.
So I decided to purchase "At First Sight" - upon reading the blurb it seemed like a novel which was really meaty with lots of twists - which I love.
After reading the novel I have learned that "At First Sight" is the sequel to "True Believer" - I have not read the first book and I still knew what was happening. The first book is about how the characters (Jeremy and Lexie) first met - and "At First Sight" takes you with them on their journey moving in with each other and the obstacles they face. The book opens their life and challenges - Jamie - a man who left everything behind in New York to marry and move with "the one" - he faces questions noone can answer - sometimes not even himself. Did he make the right decision - his best friend seems to question it. Was it the right decision when you don't even know your wife-to-be's middle name?
Their journey is like no other. The book lives upto the expectations it promises. Nicholas Sparks has an amazing ability to keep the reader glued to the book - the plot thickens with every turn of the page. You think you have grasped the story and you are introduced to another twist.
Overall Conclusion: A brilliant book which will not disappoint you the slightest - it will blow you away - a simple story highlights the obstacles some people go through everyday in the same position as Jeremy - sometimes there is light at the end of the tunnel - sometimes there isnt.
There are few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he'd never do: he'd never leave New York City; never give his heart away again after barely surviving one failed marriage; and most of all, never become a parent. Now, Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, married to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the birth of their daughter. But just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, an unsettling and mysterious message re-opens old wounds and sets off a chain of events that will forever change the course of this young couple's marriage ...