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A Bend in the Road

by Nicholas Sparks
As told by Nicholas Sparks

Grand Central Publishing | July 1, 2002 | Mass Market Paperbound

A Bend in the Road is rated 3.7647 out of 5 by 17.
Miles Ryan''s life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah''s second-grade teacher. A young woman recovering from a difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New Bern hoping to start over. Tentatively, Miles and Sarah reach out to each other...soon they are falling in love. But what neither realizes is that they are also bound together by a shocking secret, one that will force them to reexamine everything they believe in-including their love.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.5 in

Published: July 1, 2002

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446611867

ISBN - 13: 9780446611862

Found in: Romance
Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from a mindless read Miles is a small town cop whose wife went out for a run and never returned. She was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Miles has had difficulty coping but has to for his 7 year old son, Jonas. Sarah was involved in a ugly divorce and moved to New Bern for a new start. She teaches the second grade. She notices that Jonas has not been getting the help he needs and contacts Miles to come in for a parent-teacher interview. Starry love, love, severe angst, angst, a little twist and back to love, love. Nicolas Sparks' stories are pretty much the same; love, angst and but I can't live without you plots. These are not stories that are meaty but rather mindless reads. Was this a good story? Yes, as long as you aren't expecting anything else. Could I have spent my life more productively? Of course, but sometimes fluff is needed to clear your mind.
Date published: 2011-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Touching Story This book contains everything that sparks is so well known for, Love, Loss, Tragedy, and small town life. This book was a page-turner, I wasn't able to put it down. A Bend in the Road is about it Miles Ryan, a Sherrif in New Bern, Who lost his wife from a Hit and Run, leaving him a single father to 7 year old Jonah. While both are still trying to cope after 2 years since the loss of a mother and wife, Jonah seems to be having some trouble in school, Which leaves him needing extra help after school by his teacher Sarah Andrews. Sparks fly when Miles and Sarah meet, and Miles starts to feel that he is ready to move on since his wife's death, and pursue things further with Sarah...Until a shocking secret is revealed binding them in a way they never expected. This book was a powerful love story, Which doesn't come as a surprise when your reading sparks's books, but this one had a good amount of suspense as well, I wasn't able to stop reading, I just wanted to get to the end and find out how everything unfolds. I would recommend this book to anyone. Sparks Fans will love this one, and this book will have sparks new comers coming back for more after they finish.
Date published: 2010-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I am a fan of Nicholas Sparks books and the way they make you think about everything including how you feel in that situation and this is one of those books. There were a lot of sad moments in this book not to the point I was crying like with some of his other books. I really enjoyed the epilogue and how there was some good detail about what happened. If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks books this is one you should read.
Date published: 2010-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I feel like some of the other reviewers were being rather harsh. this was by no means his best work, but i still really enjoyed reading it ! His writing makes me really feel the emotion that he's trying to portray as i'm reading. His writing was just as strong as any other book and the story was very predicatable but alot of love stories are. Anyway i would recommend this book to any Nicholas Sparks fan, because it is worth reading, however i wouldn't expect it to knock you off your feet anytime soon.
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This was not his best This was not his best, not up to the quality of the Notebook by any means.
Date published: 2008-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not one of his best!!! It wasn't a bad book but just not like Nicholas Sparks others. The story was pretty uniquely written but fairly predictable .All in all it's an okay read.
Date published: 2008-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good...not great I beleive this is the novel were Nicholas Sparks dies down a little bit. Yes the plot was a little unique, but it didn't capture me like "message in a bottle" or "the guardian" did. It is one of those books where you have to read all the way to the end since secrets are involved. I felt it was pretty predictable though. It was good. Just not great. And it didnt seem like Nicholas Sparks wrote this.
Date published: 2008-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forgiveness Another winner from Sparks. This story tells how a man's grief becomes an obsession that makes him not see things clearly. It is also a sweet love story with characters who don't always have witty lines, but are nonetheless, charming. Sparks doesn't make it obvious who the bad guy is. I thought I had it figured out at least three or four different times, before I guessed right. A good mystery. The crisis is dealt with satisfactorily, without sweeping aside the very real problems associated with his course of action. Another tale that makes you laugh and cry. Sparks handles real life issues well.
Date published: 2008-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not necessarily up to Sparks standards. I was somewhat disappointed with this book. It wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it would be a good tear-jerker (like "The Notebook" and "A Walk to Remember") but I didn't cry, not even watery eyes! I still think it's a pretty good romantic-mystery, but too predictable and not up to Nicholas Sparks standards. In my opinion he could have made it much better.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Warming This book is the best book I have read in quite a while. It has romance and mystery. This is the only book that I have read that had the killer talk in different parts of the book showing the emotions that he went through. It is mind blowing!!!! I was really touched that he could over come the secrets. Nicholas Sparks is my all time favorite author. He really gets you into the book. He allows you to see both side and also leaves you in supsence. I think he should get an award for his writing. I have most of his books and an pre-orderign his new one "Dear John". I loved this book it was amazing. Every one should read it.
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read This book is an excellent romance/mystery novel to curl up on the couch with. I spent 2 days reading this book and even stayed up at nights reading it. The mystery was well written, however I found it to be predictable because the introduction mentions that the person responsble for Mile's wife's death is related to both Miles and Sarah Andrews. Its still a good read and I recommend this book to those that love romantic novels and mystery all twisted in one.
Date published: 2005-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down. When I Started to read this book I thought it would take a long time to read. But after I started I couldnt put it down. It was GREAT!!!!!!!!!! I really enjoyed it, and im sure you will too.. Make sure you read this one... WONDERFULL BOOK!!!!!
Date published: 2003-10-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Dissappointing Book I really didn't like this book. The plot was stupid and predictable, and instead of implying things, everything was explicably said. Although the book started off well it got worse and worse as I kept reading. This book was written to be sad and compelling but I found it to be overdone and not enjoyable.
Date published: 2002-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Uncharacteristic Sparks Nicholas Sparks can usually manage to squeeze a few tears out of me with his novels, but I was a bit disappointed that I didn't feel more attached to the characters in this story. The tale itself was relatively predictable and not truly interesting enough to call vintage Sparks. This was a mildly enjoyable read, but not one of his better efforts.
Date published: 2002-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great Book Nicholas Sparks has really shined in my opion for this book. The totally opposite occurs at the end of this book then I thought. It truly is an amazing love story.
Date published: 2002-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great one by Sparks! This book was a fablous read, I couldn't put it down. The events changed and twisted and the result I would never have expected. Sparks writes with such strength, feeling and reality. I look forward to his next book.
Date published: 2002-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ****FOUR STARS**** When I read the first pages, I was already in love with the main character. Nicholas Sparks has a way with that. Though this book is not what I had first expected.
Date published: 2001-10-15

– More About This Product –

A Bend in the Road

by Nicholas Sparks
As told by Nicholas Sparks

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.5 in

Published: July 1, 2002

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446611867

ISBN - 13: 9780446611862

From the Publisher

Miles Ryan''s life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah''s second-grade teacher. A young woman recovering from a difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New Bern hoping to start over. Tentatively, Miles and Sarah reach out to each other...soon they are falling in love. But what neither realizes is that they are also bound together by a shocking secret, one that will force them to reexamine everything they believe in-including their love.

About the Author

With over 95 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world''s most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Nine of Nicholas Sparks''s novels-The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle-were also adapted into major motion pictures with The Longest Ride coming in Spring 2015. In 2011, he established the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students'' lives through education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go to www.NicholasSparksFoundation.org. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him at www.NicholasSparks.com.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13