Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: September 14, 2010
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0446574244
ISBN - 13: 9780446574242
From the Publisher
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
About the Author
Nicholas Sparks, December 31, 1965 - Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, about eighty minutes prior to 1966. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor and his mother was a homemaker. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 while a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, "The Passing," but he never had it published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988. In 1989 he wrote his second novel, "The Royal Murders," which was also never published, after being rejected by publishers. Sparks decided to concentrate on another career. He'd been rejected by publishers and law schools alike, and went through a number of short-term jobs. Among these were appraising real estate, buying and restoring houses, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone and finally deciding to start his own business manufacturing orthopedic products. Sparks' self-employment didn't last long before he found himself in piles of debt. During this time, he wrote yet another book, "Wokini" with Billy Mills, a long-time friend and Olympic Gold Medalist. It was