Considering what I'm going through right now, it was't the best choice I could do among all genres of fiction, but anyway, here we go.
I was struck by the dismal, bittersweet ending, probably the sole unpredictable part of the book, while unfortunately the rest of the plot seemed rather hackneyed to me. Still, I quite enjoyed it, for some reason I always liked Sparks's style and still do. I was not particularly engrossed in the book but it wasn't that bad either. I liked the idea we get of being strong even when we start out thinking it impossible and consequently the fact that Jeremy managed to completely move out of NY and grow his and Lexie's child. Albeit... Sparks could have avoided the whole primer about being in labor and such, that was really NOT necessary....Continua
I didn't want to buy into all the hype surrounding Nicholas Sparks' novels about love, but I couldn't help myself. I had just gone through a rough breakup, and this seemed like the wrong book to read at the time. Well, let's just say that it renewed my faith in love, and that I realized that I am a true romantic at heart....Continua
I read others' comment on this book before I borrowed it from the library. Everybody said this book is better than 'True believer'. I wondered if the comment is fair until I read the last 2 chapters of 'At first sight'. Sparks depicted the love between father and daughter in a very beautiful and touching way. The book title 'At first sight' doesn't mean how a man falls in love with a woman, but how parents fall in love with their children. I was deeply moved....Continua
When we last left 37-year-old Jeremy Marsh (a scant six months ago, in Sparks's April pub True Believer), the science columnist had traveled from his New York base to Boone Creek, N.C., to get a story—and ended up falling in love with Lexie Darnell, the 30-year-old town librarian. Now Lexie's pregnant—but it's true love (and a portable job) that's allowing divorcé Jeremy to move down so they can marry and build a life together. The book centers on the tension-filled runup to the wedding. Sparks pulls out all the smalltown stops—psychic grandmother, meddling mayor, sullen townie ex, jealous best friends—and offers Mars/Venus commentary on what makes his characters tick. Jeremy's writer's block, instead of heightening the will-they-or-won't-they tension, is as enervating for readers as it is for him. More compelling are the mysterious e-mails Jeremy receives that suggest Lexie may not be telling the truth (about who the father is, for one thing), and the character of Lexie's psychic grandmother, Doris, who has correctly predicted the sex of every child born in the town. As the wedding gets closer (and house renovations suck more and more money from Jeremy's dwindling savings), Jeremy and Lexie have some serious talking to do, and Sparks throws in a substantial zinger at the end. It's majorly manipulative and totally effective. Have plenty of tissues on hand....Continua