THE RETURN absolutely shredded my heart! Nicholas Sparks speaks to my heart with each and every novel he has written and THE RETURN is no exception. What a beautiful story of second chances, love, guilt and fate. During a tour in Afghanistan, Trevor suffered multiple injuries, including losing a few fingers terminating his career as an orthopedic surgeon. He is suffering from PTSD but he’s in therapy to help him deal with it. Some days, it doesn’t really feel as it’s working though.

In New Bern, North Carolina he enjoys looking after the bee hives on his grandfather’s property and he also finds himself immediately attracted to the local deputy sheriff, Natalie. Could she have the same feelings but is holding them back? What huge secret is Natalie hiding? It was driving me crazy, trying to figure out why Natalie kept running hot and cold around Trevor and it makes him crazy too! She is hesitant to get to know Trevor but their attraction is undeniable. There are several complications that come to light for both of them.

Trevor also meets Callie, an emotional young teenager who was a friend to his grandfather. Trevor hopes Callie can help him find out more about his fatherโ€™s death, but she seems to be hiding something and wants to keep her secrets to herself. Callie and Trevor’s lives become even more connected when Callie falls off a ladder at work and is now unconscious. After what he finds out at the hospital, it becomes a race against time to find the truth about Callie in order to save her life.

THE RETURN will surely pull at your heart strings and make it very hard for you to put down. If you are like me, you won’t be able to stop until you know what happens to Trevor and Natalie. Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea get your favorite blanket and get on the couch. THE RETURN is an awesome way to spend the afternoon or evening. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it down and will find yourself cheering for Natalie and Trevor as they try to navigate their way through a very different and unique situation. Nicholas Sparks will pull you in from the very first page and never let you go! How a man can write such emotional and heart tugging contemporary romance is beyond me, but I have loved all of his books and he is forever one of my auto buy authors!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


In the romantic tradition of Dear John and The Lucky One, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the story of an injured Navy doctor — and two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.

Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, NC. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked as an orthopedic surgeon sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.

Tending to his grandfather’s beloved bee hives while gearing up for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn’t prepared to fall in love with a local . . . and yet, from their very first encounter, his connection with Natalie Masterson can’t be ignored. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she’s hiding.

Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road from his grandfather’s cabin. Claiming to be 19, she works at the local sundries store and keeps to herself. When he discovers she was once befriended by his grandfather, Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather’s death, but she offers few clues — until a crisis triggers a race that will uncover the true nature of Callie’s past, one more intertwined with the elderly man’s passing than Trevor could ever have anticipated.

In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie’s secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness . . . and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.

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  1. Great review Susan. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as you did. I had a few niggles, but overall, it was a fun and emotional read. I liked the mystery aspect as well.

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