Thursday, April 15, 2010

Nicholas Sparks Read-Alikes

In line for The Last Song or Dear John? Check out these Nicholas Sparks read-alikes in the meantime:

The Gazebo by Emily Grayson
A tale of thwarted love in upstate New York between two people from the opposite side of the tracks. Forced by events to part, they nevertheless continue seeing each other in a gazebo in the town square, once a year for fifty years.

Beauty by Susan Wilson
A beauty-and-the-beast story in a modern setting.

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Young Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet, i.e., to think of something to change the world and put it into action.

New Mercies by Sandra Dallas
Inheriting a historic Mississippi family home she knows little about, Nora Bondurant moves to the house hoping to forget her unhappy past but becomes enmeshed in a mystery surrounding her aunt's untimely death.

The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans
A woman must choose between two men, best friends, who both love her, in a story of love, loyalty, honor, and guilt set against the perilous backdrop of wilderness firefighting.

Candles on Bay Street by K.C. McKinnon
A woman who left her high-school sweetheart to marry another, returns 15 years later as a single mother, becoming best friends with his wife.

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
Katie Wilkinson believes she has found the perfect man, until he vanishes, leaving behind a diary penned by a woman named Suzanne who wrote it for her baby boy Nicholas.

An Actual Life by Abigail Thomas
In college, Virginia and Buddy were so passionately in love she got pregnant and they had to marry. The story picks them up a year later when, as Virginia puts it, "now that we know each other a little better it turns out we are actually strangers." There is no money, no love and no future, but there is a surprise ending.

The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt
TV reporter Susan Allison, looking for a story on St. Valentine's Day, interviews Neil Thomas about his parents' marriage in World War II. Never abandoning hope, Neil's mother waited years for the return of her husband, a missing Navy pilot.

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