Books by Nicholas Sparks

THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Just the sort of thing for Sparks buffs."
Love means never having to say you're dead. Read full book review >
SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"An emotionally wrenching story with a dramatic happily-ever-after."
A young woman with secrets finds home, community and a potential new love in a small North Carolina beach town; now if she can only rid herself of a past that haunts her, she may just have the life she's always longed for. Read full book review >
THE GUARDIAN by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"Tame thriller, simply written—but Sparks's name should sell it."
The megaselling writer of just-folks tearjerkers (Nights in Rodanthe, not reviewed, etc.) tries his hand at suspense—with lackluster results. Read full book review >
NIGHTS IN RODANTHE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2002

"Short, to the point, and absolutely unremarkable: sure to be another medium-hot romance-lite hit for Sparks, who at the very least can never be accused of overstaying his welcome."
A mother unburdens a story of past romance to her troubled daughter for no good reason. Read full book review >
THE RESCUE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"More Hallmarkiana, from a shameless expert in the genre."
High-stakes weepmeister Sparks (A Walk to Remember, 1999, etc.) opts for a happy ending his fourth time out. His writing has improved—though it's still the equivalent of paint-by-numbers—and he makes use this time of at least a vestige of credible psychology. Read full book review >
A WALK TO REMEMBER by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

Sparks (The Notebook, 1996; Message in a Bottle, 1998) carries on in his determined effort to make people cry, this time with an old premise, slow windup, and wobbly pitch. Read full book review >

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1998

Famous from the best-sellerdom of The Notebook (1996), Sparks sails again into the waters of many tears—though this time, thanks to fewness of charms in the writing and diminished reason to suspend disbelief, Kleenex sales are likely to remain stable. Read full book review >

THE NOTEBOOK by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1996

Sparks's debut is a contender in the Robert Waller book-sweeps for most shamelessly sentimental love story, with honorable mention for highest octane schmaltz throughout an extended narrative. New Bern is the Carolina town where local boy Noah Calhoun and visitor Allison Nelson fall in love, in 1932, when Noah is 17 and Allie 15 (``as he . . . met those striking emerald eyes, he knew . . . she was the one he could spend the rest of his life looking for but never find again''). Read full book review >