A Bend in the Road – Review

Miles Ryan’s life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but also longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son, Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it’s her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah’s eyes, and then his father’s. Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon they are both laughing for the first time in years . . . and falling in love. Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret — one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in . . . and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever.

My friend, Megan, @themoodymama.reads, and I decided to do a Nicholas Sparks reading marathon this month and as I was checking my Goodreads to see which of his books I’d yet to read, A Bend in the Road showed up. I decided to start there only to quickly discover I had read the book before, long before I started tracking my reading with Goodreads.

Nicholas Sparks was the author to introduce me to the romance genre. I used to read his new books religiously when they came out because he was the only one I knew who could create love stories to give me all the mushy-gushy feels I had grown to love. The North Carolina settings always seemed cozy and welcoming, the characters were loveable, and there was just enough drama to keep it interesting.

Rereading this book made me realize how much I’ve grown as a reader since my Nicholas Sparks superfan days. While his books feature all of the things I mentioned above, all things I still love, many of his books also feature lengthy descriptions of absolutely mundane daily details I don’t have the patience to read about anymore. As a younger reader, these details didn’t bother me, likely due to the fact that I wasn’t living a mundane adult life myself yet. These things were new and novel and added to the romanticism. Unfortunately, A Bend in the Road featured an abundance of mundane and I found myself skimming until I’d find a bit of action taking place again.

Nonetheless, I’m glad I decided to start with A Bend in the Road, if only for the sake of nostalgia. In some ways, it was sad to see how much my reading tastes have changed but in other ways, I’m glad to see the growth I’ve experienced in life. I’m not stagnant and that’s a good thing.

Up next is Every Breath so be sure to check out my review of Nicholas Sparks’ latest release tomorrow.

Rating: 3 stars.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Somya Sahni says:

    I have read this one. I read it about 3 years back. I actually liked it cause it has a happy ending. 😅🌟

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    1. Yes! It didn’t seem like it was going to be a happy ending but it turned out great.

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  2. Nicholas Sparks also introduced me to the Romance genre. I used to read his books a lot in my late teens/early twenties. I know for a fact that I would feel the same as you if I were to read his books again now that I’m 29. It wouldn’t have the same impact because of the change in reading taste like you mentioned in your post. However, nostalgia is always nice!

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  3. I love how well thought out your reviews are. I’ve still never read a Nichokas Sparks book

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. He was one of the authors to really get me reading, that’s why I’ve read so many of his books.


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