The Return

The Return

eBook - 2020
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In the romantic tradition of Dear John, #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, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he'd inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.
Tending to his grandfather's beloved beehives, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. 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. 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 to uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could ever have imagined.
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.

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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MB_kcls
Dec 01, 2020

I am not wowed or moved by 'The Return'. While it's interesting enough, it's certainly not unputdownable.

The only constant in the 'The Return' is the lead character, a former orthopedic surgeon moving on from devastating wartime injuries. But the story is a ball of confusion as there is little weaving of the sub-plots. They sort of jump about all over the place. The major parts of the story are dealt with in snippets with the revelations conveniently coming out near the end of the book.

There are no tears with 'The Return'. There is no browsing back through memorable or moving passages. It's a good story but less than we know Nicholas Sparks to be capable.

3 Stars

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jgoins03
Nov 25, 2020

I had a hard time getting into this book. Enough about the bees. Trevor Benson (war hero) comes to town to tend to his late grandfather's affairs. Natalie is a local police deputy with a huge weight on her shoulders. Callie is a teenage girl with problems of her own. The romance was lacking in this book for me. Also the story line was all over the place in my opinion. Not the best from Sparks.

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writermala
Oct 17, 2020

Trevor Benson returns from Afghanistan broken physically and mentally. What better place than his Grandfather's home in New Bern California which he has inherited to recuperate. He finds solace in tending to the bees that are there. Will he find true love too? Let me not be a spoiler. Suffice it to say that the mystery of Callie and his grandfather's last garbled message keeps him busy . A love story with some mystery thrown in. Interesting if somewhat predictable.

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jfd5
Oct 07, 2020

Was looking forward to it, but found it slow and predictable. Guess they all can't be amazing! Lol. Still an enjoyable read but not my favourite

debwalker Sep 28, 2020

Sparks is back with a wounded Aghan veteran and romance in the woods.....

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