This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk!
I don’t usually write spoilery reviews but I am SO mad at this book I can’t help it.
Tru, a safari guide from Zimbabwe, receives a letter from a man claiming to be his father. He flies Tru to Sunset Beach, NC so they can meet, and while there, Tru meets Hope, a woman living in the house next door. They immediately have a connection and it seems like fate has brought them together because their passion and chemistry is so strong. Hope is staying in her parents cottage for a few days while she is a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. Her on-again-off-again boyfriend is currently in the “off again” status and Hope feels stuck. She’s alone at the beach and is moping around over the fact that her jerk boyfriend still hasn’t proposed after six years, she is a bridesmaid at yet another wedding, and she still doesn’t have kids.
This is not a love story! While Hope and her boyfriend were currently on a break when she had her little rendezvous with Tru, she knew it would have to end with him. Yet she STILL played with his heart. She told him she loved him, shared things with him, and still drove away leaving him broken, devastated, and sobbing. Hope married a man she KNEW wouldn’t work out but chose him over kind, passionate, Tru, because her desire to have children was so strong. YET!!! She yearned for Tru while married to another man. She knew she made a mistake. She never stopped loving him, even while she was married and had children with another man. She is terrible! My heart aches for Tru because he deserved so much more. He suffered heartbreak for years, never loving anyone, keeping his heart guarded and protected for someone who couldn’t be bothered to give him her whole heart.
If you’ve read this far, thanks! I can’t believe how strongly I feel about this book but it just really didn’t sit right with me. It’s in no way a swoony romantic tale of love throughout the ages like some of Sparks’ other novels. I was obviously, highly disappointed.