You always have a choice. It’s just that some people make the wrong one.”Excerpt from:
by Nicholas Sparks
Synopsis from Goodreads
Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died – a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, twenty-nine-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who?
Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire.
Every dog lover will like this book. Julie Barenson becomes a widow at the age of 25 when her better half dies of cancer. That first Christmas, she receives a gift: a great dane puppy purchased for her by her significant other with a message written before he died. Her late husband informed her that the dog would soothe and safeguard her; that he (her better half) would always keep an eye out for her from wherever he is; and that she should keep an eye out for the person who will be her adulation for the rest of her life. Still, it takes four years for her to be ready to continue, but during that time, the puppy, whom she calls Singer, transforms into the protector who gives her a sense of security, accompanying her wherever she goes, even to work at the beauty shop. She discovers her significant other’s closest pal is the man she succumbs to after dating a few men. In any event, she ends up with a stalker. Her life will never be the same again.
I had no idea where this book was headed when I first started reading it. I couldn’t put it down, though, as the bend begins and things start to happen. There are a few scary chapters throughout the book. I occasionally became anxious and uneasy. Although the story is amazing, the outcome is heartbreaking. Prepare your box of tissues since the last bit made me cry a lot. Every time I finish reading a Nicholas Sparks book, I usually feel good about myself. Regardless of whether they reached you via the imaginative mind of this accomplished author, it assures me that there are still nice people in the world. He has empathy for both male and female readers, which makes him a fantastic storyteller in and of itself. The nicest element of his composition, in addition, is how productive he has been. Anyone who enjoys having their world turned upside down by a good narrative should read it.