I've been a Sparks fan for many years now and I have yet to read one of his novels and not enjoy it. The great thing about Nicholas Sparks is that as he weaves his stories you get so drawn in and attached to the characters, this book being no exception to that. However as you get so caught up in these characters' lives Sparks likes to really rip the rug out from under you, emotionally anyways. In the lucky one that just didn't happen for me. It's a good story with great characters, just a bit anticlimactic for me.