Written By: Nicholas Sparks

Narrated By: Sean Pratt

Date: October 2011

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


In this #1 New York Times bestselling novel of first love and second chances, former high school sweethearts confront the painful truths of their past to build a promising future—together.

"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in their small town in North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back home for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew—about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear—was not as it seemed.

Forced to confront painful memories, the former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?


  • Anonymous

    Classic quick forbidden love story. A bit surface for me. Overall easy read and enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • valorie pruitt

    Outstanding as usual. I couldn't stop listening. I don't think he has ever written a bad book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    As always Nicholas Sparks roocks.

  • Brittney P

    Loved it can't wait to read all the other books!!

  • Meaghan G

    Amazing. Couldn't strip listening, sad it's over.

  • Heidi Rammell

    Absolutely loved this story!! I think one of the best I have listened to. You get very wrapped up in the characters. A must to listen to!!

  • Vanessa Azevedo

    I've read several of his books and felt that this one was pretty good, as usual. The characters were decently developed (although just a bit more would have been nice) but I was disappointed by the ending. I felt that it was too rushed compared to the rest of the book and I would have liked more time to really feel what was happening in the end. Overall, the book was good but definitely written with a movie in mind. Going to see the movie next, hopefully they don't make too many changes.

  • allison katz

    Loved this book. I felt like I knew the characters and fell in love with them. I read it specifically because I wanted to see the movie afterwards. Both were good, but the book is almost always better.

  • Vero Delgadillo

    A country romantic book. Lots of twists and makes you feel like you are watching every scene

  • Jeanette Jones

    This is a book about love and life. It is excellent

  • Shawna Goossen

    This book is amazing! It is so sad and happy all at the same time and i love it! Incredable .... a must read..

  • Jes Scott

    Did not enjoy this at all. Didn't even finish it.

  • JoDelle Burwell

    Awesome book and narrator! Clearly my favorite Sparks book yet. He never disappoints. Already downloading another.

  • Anonymous

    As a big Sparks fan, this one was a little disappointing. Mother and daughter were almost copies of those in The Notebook. Piling child abuse, alcoholism, loss of a child, car accidents, war and ghosts on top of two love stories nearly drowned them out. It was clearly written for Hollywood.

  • Sara Clark

    In true Nicholas Sparks style, this is a beautiful story. I cried at the end. I hope they don't butcher this book into a movie.

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