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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes a love story that explores the deepest mysteries of all — those of the heart.

As a science journalist with a regular column in Scientific American, Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the supernatural and has a real nose for the strange and unusual. A born skeptic, he travels to the small town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, determined to find the real cause behind the ghostly apparitions that appear in the town cemetery. What he doesn't plan on, however, is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, granddaughter of the town psychic. Now, if the young lovers are to have any kind of future at all, Jeremy must make a difficult choice: return to the life he knows, or do something he could never do before — take a giant leap of faith.

A story about taking chances and following your heart, True Believer will make you, too, believe in the miracle of love.

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"Charming, divorced Jeremy Marsh is a rising star. As a dashing, successful 37-year-old Manhattan science journalist, his skeptical scrutiny of ineffective antidepressants, cults and television clairvoyants has caught the eye of North Carolina restaurant owner Doris McClellan, who invites Jeremy to bucolic Boone Creek to scoop the story of eerie mystery lights appearing in an ancient cemetery. A diviner who can predict the sex of unborn babies, Doris suspects the lights are a ghostly curse. Her beautiful librarian granddaughter, Lexie Darnell, makes a lovely, if guarded, tour guide as Jeremy revs up his electromagnetic equipment for the ghost hunt. After witnessing the ethereal graveside lights, both grow closer, much to the chagrin of local deputy Rodney Hopper, who wants Lexie for himself. Guided by sage Doris and manipulated by meddling mayor Tom Gherkin, big-city Jeremy and smalltown Lexie find that trepidation about their differences somehow manages to bloom into love. Jeremy eventually uncovers the hidden truth behind the glowing graveyard fog and departs the lush gothic environs for New York. Can love bridge the gap? Sparks (The Wedding) delivers another shrink-wrapped, reliably uncomplicated romantic confection that's light as air, smooth as silk and gloriously sweet. Agent, Theresa Park. (One-day laydown Apr. 12)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Although Sparks' latest starts with great potential, the main characters feel cool and distant; it is the secondary characters who embody the warmth and verve that usually mark Sparks' best-sellers." Booklist

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As a science journalist with a regular column in Scientific American, Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the supernatural — until he falls in love with the granddaughter of the town psychic.

Synopsis:

Jeremy Marsh is a born skeptic and a science journalist who specializes in debunking the supernatural. When he hears about ghostly apparitions in a cemetery in Boone Creek, North Carolina, he leaves his beloved New York City for this small, rural town-and what his instincts tell him could make a great story. What he doesn't plan on is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, who is sure of one thing: her future is here in Boone Creek, close to the people she loves. Now, if the young lovers are to be together, Jeremy must make a difficult choice: return to the life he knows in New York, or do something he could never do before... take a giant leap of faith.

About the Author

Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

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Linda Shelnutt, April 16, 2006 (view all comments by Linda Shelnutt)
Black Cherry Bookshelves. Tombstone Lamplight. Oz Bewitched & Ozone Baited

This story bases beautifully from a vivid reality in the settings, the sports bar TV scene in NYC, Lexi's library made out of a two-story old house, the local caf?, homes of characters, and small town base, including, of course, the old, seedy cemetery.

Okay. But, what's so special about this novel?

It breathes.

Strutting in spontaneous steps over a paper page stage, it lives.

As the last page lifted from fingertips, the settings in the novel did not begin fading into the archives of memory. Somehow they remained lit, like the glow of morning twilight as the sun edges slowly above the Eastern land-line, or like a never-ending sunset spreading golden mists over the edges of scenes, like a dollhouse or a small town diorama highlighted for future use.

Does TRUE BELIEVER descend the reader to the absolute bottom of an emotional well, and keep him there, deep enough and long enough that a catharsis blossoms peacefully from an artistically sensual depression? It doesn't wander through exactly that type of soulful solitude of deep dark spaces of the healing heart that A BEND IN THE ROAD does. But TRUE BELIEVER has its own special magic. I believe it.

As one of his fan bases, Sparks seems to have established an appeal to sensitive yet feisty young women (probably mature ones, too, along with various types of testosterone bodies-of-water) who crave and seek what Miles Ryan describes as "sad and romantic."

It seems as if Lexi and Jeremy are older souls than Sarah and Miles. It seems that the relationships in TB have, almost imperceptibly, matured and mellowed compared to earlier Sparks novels. The character connections in earlier novels seem younger and fresher, more emotionally volatile (to me that's not "for better or for worse"; it's just different). Viva la?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446532433
Author:
Sparks, Nicholas
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Author:
Baker, David Aaron
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cemeteries
Subject:
Science writers.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mismatched lovers; Unexpected love; Small town life; Mysteries; Long-distance romance; Journalists
Subject:
Romance - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20071113
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.50x5.80x1.16 in. 1.00 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Charming, divorced Jeremy Marsh is a rising star. As a dashing, successful 37-year-old Manhattan science journalist, his skeptical scrutiny of ineffective antidepressants, cults and television clairvoyants has caught the eye of North Carolina restaurant owner Doris McClellan, who invites Jeremy to bucolic Boone Creek to scoop the story of eerie mystery lights appearing in an ancient cemetery. A diviner who can predict the sex of unborn babies, Doris suspects the lights are a ghostly curse. Her beautiful librarian granddaughter, Lexie Darnell, makes a lovely, if guarded, tour guide as Jeremy revs up his electromagnetic equipment for the ghost hunt. After witnessing the ethereal graveside lights, both grow closer, much to the chagrin of local deputy Rodney Hopper, who wants Lexie for himself. Guided by sage Doris and manipulated by meddling mayor Tom Gherkin, big-city Jeremy and smalltown Lexie find that trepidation about their differences somehow manages to bloom into love. Jeremy eventually uncovers the hidden truth behind the glowing graveyard fog and departs the lush gothic environs for New York. Can love bridge the gap? Sparks (The Wedding) delivers another shrink-wrapped, reliably uncomplicated romantic confection that's light as air, smooth as silk and gloriously sweet. Agent, Theresa Park. (One-day laydown Apr. 12)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Although Sparks' latest starts with great potential, the main characters feel cool and distant; it is the secondary characters who embody the warmth and verve that usually mark Sparks' best-sellers."
"Synopsis" by , As a science journalist with a regular column in Scientific American, Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the supernatural — until he falls in love with the granddaughter of the town psychic.
"Synopsis" by , Jeremy Marsh is a born skeptic and a science journalist who specializes in debunking the supernatural. When he hears about ghostly apparitions in a cemetery in Boone Creek, North Carolina, he leaves his beloved New York City for this small, rural town-and what his instincts tell him could make a great story. What he doesn't plan on is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, who is sure of one thing: her future is here in Boone Creek, close to the people she loves. Now, if the young lovers are to be together, Jeremy must make a difficult choice: return to the life he knows in New York, or do something he could never do before... take a giant leap of faith.
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