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Publisher's Summary

When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love.

Then, one day, a raging, record-breaking storm hits his small Southern town. Denise Holton, a young single mother, is driving through it when her car skids off the road. With her is her four-year-old son, Kyle. Unconscious and bleeding, she - not Kyle - is found. And when she wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them: Kyle is gone.

During the search for Kyle, the connection, the lifeline, between Taylor and Denise takes root. Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will lead him to the possibility of his own rescue from a life lived without love. That it will dare him to live life to the fullest by daring to love.

©2000 by Nicholas Sparks; ©2000 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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This was a well written story, with ups and downs and lovely ending! Thank you

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really a great story, finished it so fast, exciting from the start and never got boring.

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  • Cmg
  • 2003-03-04

Can't put down story!

Sparks does it again with a story you can't put down until you find out what happens. As you read the book you start to care a lot about the people in the story and what happens to them. There is excitement, mystery, and romance (without the trash).

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  • Susan Witkowski
  • 2005-03-23

Enjoyed Very Much

A good listen. Made my long comutte much more enjoyable. Actually sat in the car (in the driveway) just so that I could finish the last chapter - LOL!

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  • J Lynch
  • 2003-09-28

Simplistic, light listening.

The narrator is good, the story is fine. It is simplistic, but once in a while it is good to just listen light.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2004-04-15

Good Read

This was my third Sparks book that I have read, and I'd say it was the best of the three so far. It had the right amount of love and excitment, although a bit predictable. A nice easy "read", definitely recommended for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The characters are easy to like (mostly).

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  • Sharon
  • 2003-05-06

I liked the narrator more than I liked the book

I agree with the review that says it's the kind of book you can't put down because you want to know what's coming next. However, I just have to say that this book really surprised me. The only other book I've read by Nicolas Sparks is "A Walk to Remember." I was expecting this book to be as clean and full of Christian themes and references as "A Walk to Remember." But I have to warn you, it's not! The romance isn't as innocent as the one in "A Walk to Remember." The book definitely has more R-rated content than I was expecting. I suppose that the reason is because the author is writing about a romance between two adults, not two teenagers falling in love for the first time. But even then, I don't think it's necessary to put in stuff like the two main charachters having pre-marital sex.

There are also parts of the book that are really long. For instance, the search for Kyle seemed to go on and on. And there are pretty lengthy descriptions of some fire scenes and things like that. But it's not without cause. The long scenes do reveal important tid-bits about the characters and that sort of thing. But they just went on for too long for me. I just wanted to hear more about the relationship between the main characters.

Also, this book didn't make me cry either like "A Walk to Remember."

But something that I liked about the book was that the characters seemed pretty psycologically believable to me. All the characters just made a lot of sense--they didn't seem like fairy tale creatures that you know could never exist in a real world. And I could relate parts of me with parts of certain characters too.

I also want to mention that I think the narrator does a great job. His voice does sound a little too deep for Kyle's voice sometimes but other than that, his voice is very pleasant, suitable for this book, and easy to listen to and enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-03-09

my favorite Nicholas Sparks book ever!

I've read this book a few times! wish it were a movie too. all time favorite!!!

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  • Hollee
  • 2015-03-29

Good read but a bit to cheesy for me.

Not the best Nicholas Sparks book I've read. This was a good book but i found much of it to be a bit to gushy which usually is difficult thing for me to say.

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  • Cheryl Douglas
  • 2016-05-02

Another amazing love story to touch you!

This story will grip your heart, and make you smile with tears in your eyes.

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  • Melinda
  • 2015-05-19

Favorite N. Sparks!

I read this book years ago and it stuck w/me. I decided to download it and see if it is still my favorite. Sure enough, it's better than I remembered. I think this one stands out from the rest of his books!

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  • amanda
  • 2015-04-17

Wonderful

Another great read by Nicolas Sparks! Always enjoy his books! Can't wait to read another one! Wonderful!!!!!!!!! Amazing, talented writer!

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