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Book Review: The Return by Nicholas Sparks

Trevor Benson is starting over. Injured from a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked in Afghanistan, the Navy doctor returns stateside to heal. When his grandfather passes, Trevor sets out for New Bern, North Carolina to start over and heal from his wounds. Inheriting the house comes with many responsibilities including tending to his grandfather's beloved beehives. With plans to go back to school at Hopkins in Baltimore, Trevor makes the tough decision to sell the home. Despite his intention to pack up and leave, he winds up falling in love with Natalie Masterson, a local woman with her own secrets. Then there's Callie, a mysterious teenage girl who lives in the trailer park down the road. Trevor is convinced this quiet girl is hiding something which may be connected to the circumstances surrounding his grandfather's death. It's up to Trevor to figure out what Natalie and Callie are hiding while discovering what path he is destined to take. The Return is a family drama mixed with romance and mystery. A multifaceted story, it draws upon love, compassion, and hope in a time when it is needed most. The Return is not your typical romance novel that Sparks is most famous for which makes this book even more unexpected and enjoyable. An avid Sparks fan, I found his latest release to be a heartwarming story worth the read.

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