The Guardian

By Nicholas Sparks
(Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, Large Print, 9780446532310, 720pp.)

Publication Date: April 2003

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At 29, Julie Barenson is too young to give up on love. Four years after her husband's tragic death, she is finally ready to risk giving her heart to someone again. But to whom? Should it be Richard Franklin, who is handsome and sophisticated and treats her like a queen, or Mike Harris, who is Julie's best friend in the world, though not as debonair? Now, with a decision that should bring her more happiness than she's had in years, Julie's life is about to become a living nightmare, as one man's jealousy spins into a deadly obsession.
- Upon its release, Nicholas Sparks' most recent novel, Nights in Rodanthe (Warner, 9/02), immediately hit #1 on the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publisher's Weekly besteseller lists. It has 827,000 copies in print to date. Film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.
A Bend in the Road (Warner, 9/01) rocketed to #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and has 780,000 hardcover copies in print to date. In mass market (Warner, 7/02) it hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has over 1.5 million copies in print to date. Film rights have been sold to Warner Bros.
A Walk To Remember (Warner, 9/00), with nearly four million copies in combined print, was an instant New York Times bestseller. The feature film (1/02) was produced by Denise DiNovi (Message in a Bottle, Heathers) of Warner Bros. Message in a Bottle (Warner, 1999), with three million copies in combined print, was a New York Times bestseller.
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About the Author

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Nine of Nicholas Sparks's novels-The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle-were also adapted into major motion pictures with The Longest Ride coming in Spring 2015. In 2011, he established the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students' lives through education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go to The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him at

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