Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she’s been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.

Nicholas Sparks managed to write and properly execute a happy ever after while simultaneously breaking my heart in two and I’m not sure anyone else is capable of that. He speaks of love, loss, and passion–and wrings out every possible bit of emotion from each scene and story. The long denied love affair of the main characters, Tru and Hope, touches the romantic in all of us that yearns for such a treasured love affair.  A story of two very interesting characters who are remarkable individuals, who together, found the highest caliber of true love, and experienced the triumph of enduring hope.

Review by staff member Leann W.