There are a few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he’d never do: he’d never leave New York City; never give his heart away again after barely surviving one failed marriage; and, most of all, never become a parent. Now, Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, married to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the birth of their daughter. But just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, an unsettling and mysterious message re-opens old wounds and sets off a chain of events that will forever change the course of this young couple’s marriage.
Dramatic, heartbreaking and surprising, this is a story about the love between a man and a woman and between a parent and a child. More than that, it is a story that beautifully portrays how the same emotion that can break your heart is also the one that will ultimately heal it.
While the novel picks up the tale of Lexie Darnell and Jeremy Marsh that started in True Believer and will delight fans of that novel, it stands on its own as one of Nicholas Sparks’s most deeply moving love stories.
This really shocked me as a reader. I have devoured a few books from this author and found myself genuinely moved by the experience, but this one almost made me feel like the situations in the story were placed to just force me to feel bad.
Be aware that you would be better off if you read True Believer so you will know more about Jeremy and Lexie, which I didn’t know till I was done with At First Sight and began looking to see what I was missing. I stayed confused through most of the book because their choices and behaviors didn’t really fit in contrast to what was going on. They were old enough to act better, they are now planning their wedding, new house, moving to new location and she is pregnant.
We go through each step of their life at what seemed like a snail’s pace, his issues with his job, the daily grind and stress of making so many changes and plans, but then you start to believe the plot is about to take off when strange things started coming his way. This led to trouble in their relationship.
Of course what is a good tragic story if you don’t have risks to the unborn baby? So I am now getting a bit involved in this story, soaking in the angst they are enduring, still wondering why they are acting like they were, and sorting through the multitude of details that the author provided
Needless to say, once I was done with the book I sat there and wondered why I even bothered. The ending did not fit the lead up that we had been given, which kudos to the author for not making this predictable but I sure did feel like I was manipulated into caring about issues that didn’t really matter at the end. I love a good blindside when it advances that plot, but I didn’t feel this blindside did anything but tick me off. I gave it four stars because it was well written and I take responsibility for not reading the book prior to this one that would give me the much needed information but I am so frustrated with Jeremy and Lexie, I don’t see me reaching for True Believer any time soon.
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