Saturday, 20 October 2018

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
Release Date:16th October 2018
Publisher: Sphere
Genres: Romance

There are times when destiny and love collide. This story is one of them.

From the number one bestselling author of The Notebook and Two by Two comes an unforgettable tale of enduring love . . .

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. After six years with her boyfriend, she is no longer sure what she wants, and when her father becomes ill she heads to her family's cottage at Sunset Beach in North Carolina to make some difficult decisions.

Tru Walls has been summoned across an ocean from where he was born and raised in Zimbabwe by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. In journeying to Sunset Beach, Tru hopes to unravel the mystery surrounding his mother's life, but the letter will lead him in an unexpected direction.
When these two strangers' paths cross, their chance encounter sets in motion a heart-breaking story - one that will transcend decades, continents and the workings of fate.

I was so thrilled to be invited to be on this blog tour and I'm so glad that I was able to read such a beautiful book. I mean, imagine being asked did I want to take part in the tour. Ummmm hold on a second while I jump up and down with excitement! Its Nicholas Sparks for goodness sake! Of course I did!

Every Breath is one of those books that almost leaves you gasping as your own breath hitches in your throat at the sheer enormity of the emotions the book brings to the surface. And I absolutely adored reading about how the writing of the actual book came about. I won't give too much away except to say I need to find a place like Kindred Spirit! A book that came about because of a real love story just added a little bit of extra magic to the writing.

Tru and Hope are two strangers who literally live a world away from one another. Tru, a bush guide from Zimbabwe comes to America to meet the man he believes might be his father. He stays in a beach house and finds himself alone for a few days before the planned meeting with his father. Tru has lead a sad and relatively nomadic lifestyle. His childhood, plagued by tragedy and a feeling of being on the outside of what is left of his family. He's disconnected from those around him except the wildlife and of course his son Andrew. He's a good man with a kind heart.

In the beach house next door is Hope. She's there to clear out her family holiday home now that her father's illness is progressing and also to attend the wedding of a close friend. Its a time spent in thought and reflection about her own family and about the floundering relationship she's been in for many years. She's feeling as though her life has come to a standstill and she wants more. She wants love and she wants a family. The sticking point however is that she's no longer sure her current on / off relationship can offer her any of this. She meets Tru quite by accident when he finds her dog limping and brings the dog to her. Despite their lives being so different, they hit it off immediately, each recognising sadness in the other.

I absolutely loved everything about this book. I loved the locations throughout. I have family in Zimbabwe so loved hearing all about the place. The location of the beach houses and the little communities around them were just amazing. Nicholas Sparks has really created a sense of time and place throughout, keeping the reader grounded and creating a sense of belonging and yet not belonging for both characters who are fighting their own personal demons.  The depth of emotion in the writing is one that will leave you feeling a mixture of being up-lifted and of heartbreak. Feelings of desperation and having your breath taken away all at the same time. This book is a wonderful story of love that sweeps the reader away. It will make you stop and think about your own life and the decisions you made. A highly recommended read from me! 


With over 105 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include thirteen number one New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than fifty languages. Eleven of his novels have been adapted into major films - The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook and The Choice. 
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