The Return

The Return

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"The story of an injured navy doctor connecting with a beautiful deputy and a mysterious teenage girl, both of whom have secrets that will change the course of his life."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781538728574
Characteristics: ix, 355 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 03, 2021

Nice read, some mystery and some sad romance. It is a slower pace read but I enjoyed it all and found myself looking forward to read in the evening to learn more on all the unanswered questions.

Feb 27, 2021

a definite 4* for me-great story, as expected by Nicholas Sparks. He never disappoints and keeps us hooked with his themes and characters and how he so expertly and emotionally meshes his stories together. A super read-won't disappoint!!

Feb 26, 2021

Give me a minute to blow my nose. Can't read a Nicholas Sparks book without needing tissues, right? This story about Trevor, Natalie, and Callie seemed at times to be too long and at other times too short. Sure, the big romance is kindled early in the book. Then things stall out and it takes a bit too long for the mystery of Callie to be solved. I do love the opportunity that Trevor's character gives to explore PTSD. Also, the deceased grandfather is a rich addition to the narrative. Even in death we can consider him a major character. There is a bit of the old 'Notebook' feel to this and also a bit of 'A Walk to Remember' which is my favorite Sparks book. I'm sure others will see bits and pieces of their favorites, too. Get your tissues ready and enjoy.

Feb 23, 2021

Very boring but at the end the story line picked up and the last few chapters were the best. He took a long time to get to the good part.

Feb 15, 2021

Certainly not one of Sparks best books. He was entirely too descriptive of mundane things. If you took out every time he ate breakfast, lunch or dinner, or what he was wearing or the weather, it would be half a book. The story itself was weak and not really believable.

Feb 07, 2021

Lame, lame, lame! Halfway through story and nothing has happened. Lots of information about bees and description of food prep. Listened to this tale on CD and kept falling asleep.

Jan 08, 2021

I really enjoyed this story, while perhaps some predictability, you can never go wrong with Nicholas Sparks.

Jan 03, 2021

My 50-page rule was applied to this book which means I made myself to read the first 50 pages to get interested. The rest of interesting, though, but a bit naive.

Dec 12, 2020

I enjoyed this story! Definitely one that kept me guessing and excited to read. I thought it was a great love story.

Dec 01, 2020

I am not wowed or moved by 'The Return'. While it's interesting enough, it's certainly not unputdownable.

The only constant in the 'The Return' is the lead character, a former orthopedic surgeon moving on from devastating wartime injuries. But the story is a ball of confusion as there is little weaving of the sub-plots. They sort of jump about all over the place. The major parts of the story are dealt with in snippets with the revelations conveniently coming out near the end of the book.

There are no tears with 'The Return'. There is no browsing back through memorable or moving passages. It's a good story but less than we know Nicholas Sparks to be capable.

3 Stars

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