After years of separation, childhood sweethearts Dawson and Amanda find themselves back in their hometown for the funeral of a mutual friend.
But with their love being more than a childhood crush, can they really go their separate ways again and what's happened in the years since they were together?
Nicholas Sparks has created a world where you find yourself pulled into a heartfelt and at times heartbreaking romance, a world where you can feel every emotion, every loving glance and every memory.
The reconnection of their forbidden love is felt throughout, for me it felt so poignant that as teenagers it was forbidden by Amanda's family and as grown ups there is still family and circumstances holding them back.
Their love is strong but always forbidden!
The truth is that I was completely swept away by Tucks story, I loved Dawson and Amanda but there was something so magical about Tuck.
I found myself lost in the romance of his story, the way he describes his journey had me teary eyed and in love with a character I never got to meet first hand.
Nicholas Sparks has created a story that is both captivating and romantic in its telling but there is more to this than just love, with Dawson coming from the roughest family in town we also find ourselves open to fear, when his family discover he is back.
Ted and Abee are nasty characters and the glimpses into how they've evolved over the years left me worried for both Dawson and Amanda's safety.
I've only read one Nicholas Sparks novel prior to this and this one won me over.
I found myself on the edge of my sit at times, the pace of the story added to the tension and emotions that culminated in an ending I wasn't expecting.
A wonderful read that changed my perspective of Nicholas Sparks novels!