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When a rebel serving in the Army meets the girl of his dreams, he must face an impossible choice as a national tragedy forces them apart in this powerful New York Times bestseller.An angry rebel, John...
When a rebel serving in the Army meets the girl of his dreams, he must face an impossible choice as a national tragedy forces them apart in this powerful New York Times bestseller.An angry rebel, John...
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  • When a rebel serving in the Army meets the girl of his dreams, he must face an impossible choice as a national tragedy forces them apart in this powerful New York Times bestseller.
    An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life—until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart.


    But 9/11 changes everything.


    John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.

 

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  • With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include fourteen #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all of his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eleven of Nicholas Sparks's novels—The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle—have been adapted into major motion pictures.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Holter Graham provides what sounds like effortless narration in the uncommon love story of 23-year-old rebel John Tyree, army enlistee, and Southern belle Savannah Lynn Curtis. Savannah must cope with John's anger when she tries to tell him that his father isn't "slow," as he's always thought, but instead has Asperger's syndrome. Graham's depiction of Savannah's calm confidence as she explains to John why his father fixates on coin collecting and needs repetitive routine to function well is compelling. Graham captures the theme of mutual attraction and conflicting values with subtle vocal nuances, strong pacing, and controlled timing. His deft narration carries the story to a surprising conclusion that listeners won't want to miss. G.D.W. 2007 Audies Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 4, 2006
    Hot on the heels of True Believer
    and sequel At First Sight
    , Sparks returns with the story of ne'er-do-well-turned-army-enlistee John Tyree, 23, and well-to-do University of North Carolina special education major Savannah Lynn Curtis. John, who narrates, has been raised by a socially backward single postal-worker dad obsessed with coin collecting (he has Asperger's syndrome). John bypasses college for the overseas infantry; Savannah spends her college summers volunteering. When they meet, he's on leave, and she's working with Habitat for Humanity (he rescues her sinking purse at the beach). John has a history of one-night stands; Savannah's a virgin. He's an on-and-off drinker; she's a teetotaler. Attraction and values conflict the rest of the summer, but the deal does not close. Savannah longs for John to come home; her friend Tim longs to have a relationship with her. On the brink of John and Savannah's finally getting together, 9/11 happens, and John re-ups. Savannah's letters come less and less frequently, and before you know it, he receives the expected "Dear John" letter. Sparks's novel brims with longing.

  • Library Journal

    November 1, 2006
    Sparks's (The Notebook; True Believer) latest romance is a gripping story that revolves around a long-distance relationship between small-town North Carolina heroine Savannah Lynn Curtis and her army recruit boyfriend, John Tyree. In a few months, John's tour of duty will end, and the couple can marry. Then 9/11 hits, and John faces the most difficult decision of his life: to return to the woman he loves or to re-enlist and continue defending his country while holding on to the promise that Savannah will agree to wait another four years for him. In true Sparks tradition, his characters discover that sometimes a happy ending requires sacrifices, which lead us to do the right thing rather than fulfill the longing of our hearts. So set yourself under a full moon like Savannah and John and read on to discover if their love will survive. For popular fiction collections.April Davis, Chantilly, VA

    Copyright 2006 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    October 1, 2006
    John Tyree is on the fast track to nowhere. At 20 he has no real relationship with his strange and dispassionate father, no attachments to anyone else, and no job, so after breaking up with his girlfriend, he decides to join the army. Military life does alter him, yet he remains disconnected. While home visiting his father in Wilmington, North Carolina, however, he meets Savannah Curtis, a college coed who is everything he is not. A warm, morally straight-ahead woman with a commitment to special education, she captures John's heart and he hers. In the short time they spend together, he opens up to Savannah and true love develops as they plan for a future. Then September 11 changes everything. John feels that it is his duty to renew his commitment to the army, while Savannah wants him home with her. The good soldier now lives in dread of receiving a "Dear John" letter. Sparks, a perennially popular novelist whose name is synonymous with romance and bittersweet endings and whose work translates so readily to movies, lives up to his reputation with his latest novel, a tribute to courageous and self-sacrificing soldiers. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2006, American Library Association.)

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