Book Reviews of The Rescue

The Rescue
The Rescue
Author: Nicholas Sparks
ISBN-13: 9780446610391
ISBN-10: 0446610399
Publication Date: 8/1/2001
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 1029 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
A must read for Sparks fans. As usual, do not read it in public, or have a kleenex near!
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Helpful Score: 6
Only the 2nd book I've read by this author, but he's very good and I'm looking for more of his books.
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Helpful Score: 6
Very beautiful. Anyone with an autistic child will appreciate this.
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Helpful Score: 5
Nice and sappy. A good light read. Although I didn't care for the kidspeak (there's a nearly autistic kid character and Sparks writes what the kid says and then again HOW he says it... like in the kids' language... that was annoying).
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Helpful Score: 5
Another tear jerker from Nicholas Sparks.
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Helpful Score: 4
if you love nicholas sparks, you'll love this book! its very romantic and very easy reading, you won't want to put it down!
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Helpful Score: 3
Good book
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Helpful Score: 3
to love someone FOREVER....great story.
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Helpful Score: 3
another great read by Nicholas Sparks!
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Helpful Score: 2
A little sappy, but it you like Nicholas Sparks...
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Helpful Score: 2
Classic Sparks with a hero fireman and a single mom raising a son with learning disabilities.
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Helpful Score: 2
A romantic page-turner. Volunteer fireman is used to taking heroic risks to save lives. However he can't bring himself to fall in love. Then, he meets a mother in a car crash and finds himself helping her look for her missing son.

A book full of love, loss and small-town life. Good read.
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Nicholas Sparks has a talent of being able to help you use your imagination in what the characters and the surroundings look like. This book is one you don't want to put down.
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Helpful Score: 2
my first N. sparks book and I throughly enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 2
A romantic thriller.
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Love triumphs over pain. I know we all have some, but we get mired in it and forget to celebrate the blessings. This book reminds me not put off talking and trying.
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Helpful Score: 1
Another GREAT book by Nicholas Sparks. This book was hard to put down. Read it in two days!!!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
A good feeling book.
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Great book. Kept my interest.
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Another good book by Nicholas Sparks!
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Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden is driven to take terrifying, heroic risks to save lives. But there's one leap into the unknown he can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you like Sparks you will like this sweet story. A fast, warm read.
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This book by Nicholas Sparks held my interest all the way through to the end. However, I found it difficult to comprehend that as a teacher, Denise Holton does not know about speech therapy for young children, and instead of taking advantage of what is available to assist her child, ties her young child to a chair in order to get him to learn to speak.
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Excellent! One of my favorite Sparks books~!
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GREAT BOOK
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Helpful Score: 1
It's hard to understand how Sparks wraps you up and reels you into the story with each book as so many of his stories closely resemble each other. But I guess that's his talent as again and again, he turns out page turners that you don't put down until you finish. This one is no exception; a good story with likable characters with all their human fallacies.
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I loved this book. Terrific read.
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This is an extremely touching novel, and hits very close to home for Sparks as the struggles in this book mimic those which he experienced with one of his own sons. The plot moves a bit slowly, but draws you in with the compassion we as people feel for those in need. Sparks' fans won't be disappointed.
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If you like sappy love stories, than this one's for you. Personally, I'd rather watch an hour an a half of one of his movies than sit and read this book for days. There's only so much sappy love I can take.
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This book is about a firefighter that saves lives. The only thing he can't do is fall in love. Then one day he saves a young mother in from a car crash to find her son is missing. He not only finds the child but ends up finding the one thing that he thought he couldn't do.
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A little predictable, but very romantic. I love romance so I was a sucker for this book. I think I fell in love with Taylor while reading this book. I must say I enjoyed reading it!
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This was the first book I've read from the author but I'll read more. Great story and a book I didn't want to put down.
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This is only the second book that I've read from Nicholas Sparks and it was absolutely wonderful. I couldn't put it down. It's a must read for single mom's, mom's with autistic children and anyone who believes in love and friendship.
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A fun, lite read.
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I loved this book! It is one of the best Sparks books out there to read! I got pulled in from the first chapter.... So much so that I couldnt put it down to go to sleep until I found out what happened. This book really touched my heart because my better half is a firefighter (which is what the main character is). I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Nicholas Sparks!
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Nicholas Sparks is great. This is a good love story.
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LOVE Nicholas Sparks, and this book did not disappoint!
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A wonderful book! I loved it!
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Very good
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Love Sparks. Found my self crying at the end of this one. Very sensitive. One of the main characters is dealing with learning about her childs language delay, having been through the mill of diagnoses from deaf, autism, ppd, now auditory processing language delays. Wonderful characters.
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Sparks always writes a clean, entertaining book!
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nichols sparks has not failed in bringing to life the story of men and women that face the challenge of ever day life.
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A wonderful romance by Nicholas Sparks.
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Quick review from the back cover:

This book is about a man, Taylor McAden, who can't seem to fall in love. He likes to help and save troubled women, but then leaves them as soon as they want more from him. When single mother, Denise Holton comes into the picture, which involves a car accident, and a missing son, Taylor has to revisit pain from his past, and hopefully over come it, to find true love.
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My favorite author
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The perfect book to relax in front of the fire with.
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Another one of Sparks romantic novels. Easy to read and certainly holds your interest. I didn't want to put it down.
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Enjoyed reading this, found it hard to put down.
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Loved this book, I think i fell in love more with the interaction with the child than I did the rest of the story line. Great read.
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Total tear jerker, and a wonderful love story. A bit sappy, but that's what I love about Sparks!
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This one is definitely my favorite Nicholas Sparks book even though it's never got as much attention as some of his other hits have.
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great book
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A book that opens up your heart and your mind
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Even though the concepts of his novels may be a bit similar, this one is still an interesting page-turner you can't put down. I've always enjoyed reading his works, and this one's no disappointment even though parts are quite generic/predictable.
Four out of five.
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I was pulled into this book right away with the idea of a lost child, but the story slows down within the first few chapters. At least it did for me. Once I got almost halfway, I was bored with the story and lost interest soon after. I never did finish this one. It probably ends the way I think it did, but I never will find out because I don't want to finish reading it.
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Good book. I felt like I come to know all the people of Edenton and loved the way they helped each other through various life problems. Felt like part of the family.

Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite writers, I always feel like I know his characters.
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I have read most of Spark's novels and this one was just hard to get into for me.
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"Cunningly crafted." --Publishers Weekly

"Extremely powerful...an emotional love story...must reading for those fans that cherish a deep-rooted love story like the author's previous work." --Harriet Klausner, Painted Rock Reviews

"Sparks, who is becoming well known as a sophisticated writer of romances, has a beautifully natural way of portraying a complicated and intense love story. The Rescue is yet another example of his imagination and skill." --South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
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Bittersweet, heartbreaking romance. Very good.
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It's a typical Nichols Sparks
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A car wreck and a missing learning challenged son,leads to romance.
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A fireman who cannot engage in love relationships and commitment, rescues a single mom and her autistic-like child during a bad lightning storm. The author show a good understanding of the language problems of the child and the rehab process. How our hero learns to let love for the mother and her child enter his life makes for a great read.
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I enjoyed this book. Didn't know a man could write such a great love story. :)
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very good story
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Have kleenix on hand!
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Excellent book by Nicholas Sparks, as usual.
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This is a classic Nicholas Sparks. If you like his writing, you'll love this book.
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another great book by a great author
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A volunteer fireman takes risks every day in order to save lives. But there is one risk he isn't willing to take- that is, falling in love.
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Monica W. said it best "I adored this book. A single mother, a cute fireman, and a dramatic story to tie it all together."..ha ha Another good read by Nicholas Sparks.
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LOVED IT!
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Good reading!
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Nicholas Sparks does it again.
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As a huge Nicholas Sparks fan I truley injoyed this book. Watching the main characters evolve, and learn to live again. As a mother this story was touching how the mother struggled with her son but it only made her love him more
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Have read several of his books including The Notebook,Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and A Bend in the Road. Loved everyone of them! But have your tissues ready as I think they are all tear jerkers!
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I adored this book. A single mother, a cute fireman, and a dramatic story to tie it all together.
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Another Excellent book by Nicholas Sparks. Taylof, a volunteer fireman, becomes hero again in the search for a special young boy, lost in a car accident. Plenty of suspense, and a great romantic tale.
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Great Book...
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Was a nice love story. Although this isn't my usual type of reading it was a nice story.
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Nicholas Sparks's latest tale of romantic angst, The Rescue, has all of his trademark elements: characters who are part of the walking wounded, the fresh hope of new love, and the crushing force of unexpected tragedy. But this time out, Sparks opts for a happier ending, though not before wringing as many tears from his readers as he can.
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Secret traumas again haunt Sparks's characters, in the author's fourth novel (after The Notebook; Message in a Bottle; A Walk to Remember). Denise Holden, the 29-year-old heroine, is destitute and forced to live in her mother's old house in Edenton, N.C. She's also the single mother of a handicapped child, Kyle, a four-year-old with "auditory processing problems" that render him unable to express himself or to fully understand others. Though she doesn't suspect it, Denise is on a literal collision course with true love. After she smashes her car into a tree and wakes up to discover Kyle missing, she finds deliverance in the form of Taylor McAden, dashing firefighter and compulsive risk taker, who rescues Kyle, too. Since Taylor enjoys an instant, unprecedented rapport with Kyle, there is little standing in the way of burgeoning romance. Trouble comes, however, when Denise learns of Taylor's checkered romantic past. Taylor's inability to commit, it seems, is somehow tied to his compulsive heroism, of which numerous histrionic examples are described. Denise's quest to find the source of Taylor's emotional distance takes up the final third of the book. The story here is mostly a pretext for the emotional assault that Sparks delivers, but when he manages to link affect to action, the result is cunningly crafted melodrama. These occasions are rare, though; more often Sparks gets bogged down in interminable interior monologue. Because these characters are preordained lovers, their feelings prescribed by fiction conventions, their psychology amounts to little more than a profusion of banality. Yet Sparks's narrative acquires immediacy when his characters' exaggerated emotions compel immoderate actions, and his readers will surely delight at these moments of heightened expressiveness.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
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Another great book from Nicholas Sparks - I found this one to be more intense in the story and I just couldn't put it down as it got to the last half of the book! Great read!
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Great read! I loved it.
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Another great read by Sparks, unabashedly rich and moving

From back cover: Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden is driven to take terrifying, heroic risks to save lives. But there's one leap into the unknown he can't bring himself to make. He can't fall in love. A man who likes to rescue troubled women, he inevitably leaves them as soon as they want more from him.
Then, one day, a record-breaking storm hits his small Southern town, and Taylor comes across a young single mother named Denise Holton in a crashed car. When she revives, Taylor finds himself looking for her missing son--and involved in a rescue different from all the others. This one will require him to open doors to his past slammed shut by pain. And with Denise's help, dare him to make the greatest committment of all: love someone forever.
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A really nice tale with just the right amount of romance.
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Troubled fireman, Taylor, likes to rescue troubled women, but can't commit. Can Denise, a car crash victim, save him from himself?! Read this and find out!
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This is about 2 friends who are in the fire fighting profession, of course there is a love interest.
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Easy beach read. Predictable but sweet.
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my favorite author.
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Very good book - A tear jerker!
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Could not put this book down!
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This was a very good book. It was very heart warming and another great book by Nicholas Sparks!
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good storyline
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This is a story of a fireman and how he deals with some personal problems
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This is another excellent book by Nicholas Sparks. It is about a volunteer fireman who has a problem falling in love till he meets Denise Holton who he has rescued from a car crash. Iloved it.
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A romantic page-turner!
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Typical Sparks with a twist at the end. Full of romance.
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Another great book by Nicholas Sparks! Have your tissues at hand!!
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Yet another GREAT book from Nicholas Sparks!
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A romantic page turner...
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A well written life as it is, not as you wish it to be, story which tears at your heart.
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Good love story...drags in some places and not my favorite of his, but still a really good story. I enjoyed it. The chapters are separated into different sections so if you are like me and do most of your reading before bed, it makes it easier to put the book down and pick it back up later.
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Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden is driven to take terrifying risks to save lives. But theres one leap he won't bring himself to make: he can't fall in love. One day a storm hist his town and Taylor comes across a single mother, Denis Holton, in a crashed car. When she revives, Taylor finsds himself looking for her missing son. This one will require him to open doors to his past slammed shut by pain. With Denises help. dare him to make the greatest commitment of all: love someone forever.
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Typical Sparks, very easy to read as usual!
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Way to sappy for me ..
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I really liked this book.
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Another tear jerker
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Taylor McAden is a volunteer fireman and he is always taking risks to save lives. But there is one chance he can't take..falling in love. He falls in love with a woman and then he leaves them when they want more from him. One day a record breaking storm hits and Taylor comes across a woman who had just been in an accident. When she revives, Taylor find himself helping look for her son,and finds himself involved in a rescue like no others...and it would mean he would have to open doors to his past slammed shut by pain. And with Denise's help, he makes the biggest commitment of all:love someone forever.
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I haven't had time to read it, but I know it's great because all his other one's are and so many made into movies.
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really liked
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Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden is driven to take terrifying, heroic risks to save lives. But there's one leap into the unknown he can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love. A man who likes to rescue troubled women, he inevitably leaves them as soon as they want more from him. He meets Denise Holton.... who is missing her son. With Denise's help , dare him to make the greatest commitment of all: love someone forever....
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Typical Sparks
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As with all Nicholas Sparks books, this one is a great story that will touch your heart.
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Excellent book!
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Taylor McAden is a volunteer fireman who is always the first to plunge into danger. But there is one risk he can't seem to take: falling in love. Then he meets Denise Holden, a single mother who has moved to the small town of Edenton, North Carolina, to build a new life. A near fatal car crash will bring these two together; but before that can happen, Taylor must first look into his past and see if it's not too late to take a chance on the future.
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All of Spark's trademark elements--- love, loss,and small town life- are present in this terrific read. (Booklist)
A romantic page turner.... Spark's fans won't be disappointed. (Glamour)
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Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden is driven to take terrifying, heroic risks to save lives. But there's one leap into the unknown he can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love. A man who likes to rescue troubled women, he inevitable leaves them as soon as they want more from him. Then, one day, a record breaking storm hits his small southern town, and Taylor comes across a young single mother named Denise Holton in a crashed car. When she revives, Taylor finds himself looking for her missing son and involved in a rescue different from all the others. This one will require him to open doors to his past slammed shut by pain. And with Denise's help, dare him to make the greatest commitment of all: love someone forever.
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Too syurpy for me.
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Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden is driven to take terrifying, heroic risks to save lives. But there's one leap into the unknown he can't bring himself to make: he can't fall in love. A man who likes to rescue troubled women, he inevitable leaves them as soon as they want more from him. One day, Taylor comes across a young, single mother,Denise Holton in a crashed car. When she revives, Taylor finds himself looking for her missing son. This one will require him to open doors to his past lammed shut by pain. With Denise's help, can he make the greatest commitment of all: love someone forever
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#1 NY Times Bestseller
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One of Grisham's best.