At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks – reviewed by Nic
The reprinted mass market paperback edition, published by Grand Central Publishing on September 1, 2007, is 332 pages.
Science columnist Jeremy Marsh and gentle town librarian Lexie Darnell continue down the romantic path first laid down in Nicholas Sparks’ True Believer. The couple, now engaged and expecting, encounter complications on every front: pre-wedding tensions; Jeremy’s writing block; dwindling savings. But as readers of Sparks novels know so well, love does find a way.
I’ve read a few books by the king of romance and although I enjoyed this one – it didn’t pull at my heartstrings like some of his others – The Notebook, The Wedding, and Dear John. I was hoping for a cryfest and that didn’t happen. But this was sweet and touching and Sparks says it’s his most tragic book.
Jeremy is a writer in New York and on a business trip to Boone Creek, North Carolina, he meets Lexie. Within six weeks, they fall in love, she gets pregnant and they’re engaged. It throws his family for a loop, but her friends and family are super supportive.
When Jeremy starts seeing things and learning more about his fiancée – he starts to wonder if he made a bad decision because he, in fact, does not know Lexie at all. Do you need trust? Is love really enough?
We see them fight and make up. We feel their pain and their joys. Jeremy and Lexie are truly in love and we feel that too. But isn’t there always trouble in paradise?
Comment from Fiktshun009:
I always like reading the reviews from Nic. Especially because she reads books that I haven’t and so it gives me a chance to see some books that I might not otherwise have seen.
I know that Nicholas Sparks has written a ton of super popular novels. I’ve even seen a couple of the movies made from his books, which I’m sure don’t do them justice. I am not one who typically jumps on a bandwagon just because the author has some popularity – I choose books based on content and subject matter and once I find I like an author will read anything and everything they have to offer. I will also occasionally pick up a book based on a trusted reviewers opinion.
So, I think I will have to take the plunge soon with this author and at least try reading one of his books. They don’t seem like long reads and if he’s written so many successful novels that have been turned into film (and many that have been optioned) then there must be something that has attracted such a large following.
Thanks again Nic for your review, although I probably won’t choose this book as my Nicholas Sparks first read since it’s not the first book about this character.