Every Breath

Every Breath

In the romantic tradition of The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals -- transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she's been dating her bo...

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Every Breath Reviews

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Eeep - finally another Nicholas Sparks book!

    I just love his stories.

    was the book that started my reading addiction back in 2002 or somewhere around that time.

    is really heartbreaking and sad and moving and hopeless but also full of hope and love and family and loss and ... so much. Full of all those beautiful and heartbreaking things a Nicholas Sparks book needs.☺

    We start with 42 year old Zimbabwe tour guide Tru. He's the grandson of one of the countries' richest

    Eeep - finally another Nicholas Sparks book!

    I just love his stories.

    was the book that started my reading addiction back in 2002 or somewhere around that time.

    is really heartbreaking and sad and moving and hopeless but also full of hope and love and family and loss and ... so much. Full of all those beautiful and heartbreaking things a Nicholas Sparks book needs.☺

    We start with 42 year old Zimbabwe tour guide Tru. He's the grandson of one of the countries' richest men. But he left home to become a guide for tourists because he didn't much like his grandfather and step-dad.

    Tru has a 10 year old son with his ex-wife and an estranged step-dad and 2 half brothers who live in his grandfather's mansion.

    When he receives a letter from America, he decides to follow the invitation. It's a letter from his biological father. A man he never met. And he's dying. Off to North Carolina he goes. He wants to know about how his late mom met his father.

    And on a beach his first morning in America he meets Hope.

    She's staying in her family's already sold beach home for a friend's wedding that weekend. Without her boyfriend of seven years. He has to work. The whole relationship is a bit strained.

    And then she meets this interesting and handsome guy with all his amazing stories about african wildlife and she's immediately attracted. She's never been like this with anyone. And Tru is just as drawn to Hope. But both have so many family obligations and exes or current relationships and he lives in Africa and she lives here ... it won't be easy.

    But the reader has an amazing (aka heartbreaking aka crying rivers of tears) time reading about their journey to a hopefully happy end. But since this is a Sparks book ... we're not yet sure if there will be happy end. What we do know - or what I realized at the 13% mark when something was mentioned - is that it will definitely be a very sad and heartbreaking book ... but also a book so full of love and hope. I don't know what more to say. It's a Nicholas Sparks book, so you know what could happen, what might happen. BUT that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it. I loved and hated every single word. Such a beautiful love story. My heart broke a million times for ... Nope - I'm not telling you more about the story.

    The End.☺

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    I loved this novel. For those that enjoy a timeless, classic, romantic love story....check this one out. From the beginning author’s introduction from Nicholas Sparks to the very end, I was fully enraptured and captivated. As so many important novels do, it had me thinking about life and circumstance throughout reading and left me with similar questioning thoughts once I turned the last page.

    This book has all the makings of a love story to remember from the characters’ strength, resilience, and

    I loved this novel. For those that enjoy a timeless, classic, romantic love story....check this one out. From the beginning author’s introduction from Nicholas Sparks to the very end, I was fully enraptured and captivated. As so many important novels do, it had me thinking about life and circumstance throughout reading and left me with similar questioning thoughts once I turned the last page.

    This book has all the makings of a love story to remember from the characters’ strength, resilience, and loyalty to the moments that squeeze your heart with heartbreak for situations that no one should have to go through.

    This novel was relatable for any age whether young or old and I can only imagine that many (like me) could see themselves in these character’s shoes for different moments of their lives. Whether it be for making that difficult decision that alters a life’s path or dealing with the grief of loss that only comes from living (and loving).

    For those that are a fan of Nicholas Sparks novels, you will not be disappointed with this one. It has all the telltale signs of what he is rightfully known for. It’s one of those stories that only he can tell best.

    ***Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review***

  • Dale Harcombe

    After six years with her boyfriend Josh, Hope Anderson is not sure what comes next. Far too often the relationship between her and Josh is one that fluctuates between on and off. She needs to decide what she wants and how much she is prepared to invest in a relationship that seems to be going nowhere. The other main character is Tru (short for Truitt) Wallis, a safari guide, who has lived for many years in Zimbabwe, a country he has no intention of leaving. That is, until a letter from a man cla

    After six years with her boyfriend Josh, Hope Anderson is not sure what comes next. Far too often the relationship between her and Josh is one that fluctuates between on and off. She needs to decide what she wants and how much she is prepared to invest in a relationship that seems to be going nowhere. The other main character is Tru (short for Truitt) Wallis, a safari guide, who has lived for many years in Zimbabwe, a country he has no intention of leaving. That is, until a letter from a man claiming to be his biological father brings him to America. Both Hope and Tru end up at Sunset Beach at the same time and meet, thanks to a cute but disobedient little terrier called Scottie. This is Nicholas Sparks, so the reader just knows this will lead to further developments. Both Hope and Tru face some tough choices.

    I picked this book up because it was written by Nicholas Sparks and I have read and enjoyed most of his books. Starting in Zimbabwe seemed strange at first, though the setting is well described and probably as close to that country as I will ever get. It soon changes to the more familiar American landscape. This is vintage Sparks where people fall in love quickly and deeply. If you can’t accept that premise then you will probably struggle with this book. For those of us happy enough to accept this, it begins a love story that has more than its share of heartache. This is Nicholas Sparks after all!

    There are some aspects that are not going to appeal to some people like the Kindred Spirit mail box, and no, I am not going to explain that. Just know it plays a pivotal role in the story. But all in all, this is what Sparks is best known for - a love story. It is also a story of family love as well, of choices and consequences. I struggled with Hope and her choice at one stage. Still, overall it was an enjoyable read with light hearted moments and moments of sadness and struggle. Maybe it helped that I was relaxing near the beach at the time of reading this. It was easy to just drift along with the flow of the story as it unfolded.

  • Melissa

    Found near a sandy dune, on an actual stretch of North Carolina beach, sits a community mailbox—

    . A character in its own right,

    rests atop a driftwood post, waiting to share the hopes and dreams entrusted by past visitors, along with this resounding message:

    .

    Letters and photocopied drawings available for perusal during th

    Found near a sandy dune, on an actual stretch of North Carolina beach, sits a community mailbox—

    . A character in its own right,

    rests atop a driftwood post, waiting to share the hopes and dreams entrusted by past visitors, along with this resounding message:

    .

    Letters and photocopied drawings available for perusal during the time of Nicholas Sparks’ own visit to the box, served as the catalyst, prompting him to track down the couple behind the heartfelt words. Ultimately, it was their journey that provided the inspiration for this story-within-a-story and the author’s mighty return to his roots—the telling of a love so intense, it’s felt with the reader’s

    and turn of the page. And so it begins, with fate placing Tru and Hope on the same stretch of beach.

    A plane ticket and a plea from Tru’s estranged father brings him halfway around the world—from the “

    ” in Zimbabwe to the coast of North Carolina. His time abroad proves to be life-altering; giving him the opportunity to lay eyes on his father for the very first time and the introduction to the one person he never knew his soul yearned for. It’s the misadventures of the rambunctious terrier staying in the beach cottage next door that brings about the meet cute.

    Decompressing from the stressors wreaking emotional havoc, Hope’s intention is to spend a few days alone at her family’s beach house to gain some much needed clarity. The furthest thing from her mind, meeting a man like Tru. Pivotal days—including a trip to

    —force Hope and Tru to make hard and fast decisions. What are they willing to sacrifice for the type of love experienced only once in a lifetime?

    This is where things get a tad tricky for

    . The very place where Nicholas Sparks makes me gnaw on my own words and admit I just might be a bit of hypocrite. I’ve made it clear—loudly, and more than a few times—insta-love doesn’t work for me in

    capacity. But, and this is a HUGE but, Nicholas Sparks seems to be the outlier and here’s

    . Glossing over the development of those lovey-dovey emotions on the front end of the falling is typical for him, opting instead to sell the reader on the back end. And you know what, it works. Once that declaration of

    is released into the fictional universe, it’s game on as the full force, feel it in your bones, your heart wants to explode from all of the giddiness feelings takes over. So, regardless of how few days it takes Hope and Tru to transition from strangers to lovers, the intensity of their connection is undeniable.

    As a seasoned Sparks reader, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that

    went a long way to piece together the shambles

    left my heart in. Kudos to Sparks for trying something different with his previous two releases, but neither worked well for this love obsessed heart of mine.

    felt like a detour and

    felt like a completely wrong turn. Both forcing me to ponder, had the king of romance lost his touch?

    . Leave it to the wonders of

    to inspire a story reminiscent of the author’s

    . I think a trip of my own is imminent.

  • Jennifer Kyle

    4.5 Stars ⭐

    4.5 Stars ⭐️

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    In the romantic tradition of 

    Nicholas Sparks brings us

    which Is a full length, stand alone romance novel.

    Like previous novels by this author he has such an uncanny knack of weaving a magic spell over his readers Every Breath is no different, unique in every way, it drew me in as soon as I started reading it.

    In this we’re introduced to forty two year old Tru, an uncon

    can also be found on my blog:

    In the romantic tradition of 

    Nicholas Sparks brings us

    which Is a full length, stand alone romance novel.

    Like previous novels by this author he has such an uncanny knack of weaving a magic spell over his readers Every Breath is no different, unique in every way, it drew me in as soon as I started reading it.

    In this we’re introduced to forty two year old Tru, an unconventional man of many layers, a guide on a game reserve in Zimbabwe where he’d worked for the past ten years. Divorced with one child.

    Out of the blue a letter arrives for him, inside are two plane tickets, a later accompanied with an old photograph written and sent by his biological father whom he has never met. Within the letter it is stated that he is dying.

    Not long on USA soil and settling into his father's house on the beach he’s returning a dog to his neighbour that had been knocked by a car.

    When he first laid eyes on Hope

    Thirty six year old Hope is packing up her parents cottage which had just recently sold and is preparing attending her friends wedding without her long term boyfriend by her side, she works as a trauma nurse in the ER and at this stage was unmarried and without children.

    As soon as these two clap eyes on each other there is an instant feeling of attraction, a feeling of coming home after a long trip away, as though they have known each other for many years.

    A heartbreaking journey that hit all the feels, an unpredictable, unique kind of read. Highly recommend.

  • Mischenko

    Spoilers ahead!

    I just finished

    this morning and it turned out to be pretty good. Once I got about half way through I was leary with the direction the book was taking, but by the end it came together nicely.

    Hope is in a relationship that she isn't exactly content with. Her boyfriend Josh doesn't seem to be committing and after six years she wonders what their future holds. Her dad has been diagnosed with a debilitating health condition and she doesn't know how much time they have le

    Spoilers ahead!

    I just finished

    this morning and it turned out to be pretty good. Once I got about half way through I was leary with the direction the book was taking, but by the end it came together nicely.

    Hope is in a relationship that she isn't exactly content with. Her boyfriend Josh doesn't seem to be committing and after six years she wonders what their future holds. Her dad has been diagnosed with a debilitating health condition and she doesn't know how much time they have left together. She plans a visit to their family cottage on Sunset Beach because her family has decided to sell it and she needs to help prepare. During that week, Hope meets Tru who is on a temporary visit  from Africa to meet his father for the first time. Tru's hope is to learn more about his mother while he's there. When Tru and Hope meet, they have a genuine interest in each other. It's love at first sight and they can't stop thinking about one another.

    As their time comes to a close, their family circumstances get in the way and they have to make a difficult decision regarding their future together. Will they follow their hearts?

    Nicholas Sparks writes beautiful romances. I've been reading his books for as long as I can remember and I'm used to his writing. With that said, the romance in this book felt like insta-love and went way to quick for me. The two meet--they are totally physically attracted to one another--then they are in love in just a matter of a few days. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't think two people can have a quick connection like Tru and Hope did, it's just that for me it felt rushed and I wanted more development to their relationship. Another issue I had was that even with the strong connection they feel for each other, they go separate ways and live separate lives, and decades later they still feel the same. It's like this huge piece of their time apart never happened even with zero communication in between. I get that we make decisions in life and we have to take the road that follows, but feeling as strong as these two did and knowing the options that Hope had in her current relationship, their decisions just didn't feel right to me. I wanted them to stay together and it just wasn't going to happen,  but regardless, I found it to be a good story. These are just my personal opinions on the story itself based on the characters' backgrounds and choices.

    I loved that even though it's a work of fiction, parts of it were true. I even had a few tears as they read through some of the letters from Kindred Spirit: a mailbox in North Carolina that really exists. The writing is beautiful and detailed. The characters had depth with their own histories. It just really felt good to get back into a Spark's novel.

    3.5 stars rounded up.

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  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

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    3.5 stars

    The king of contemporary romance fiction returns with a brand new love story titled, Every Breath. This is a love at first sight classic romance, that sees destiny play a huge role in shaping the lives of two individuals, Tru and Hope. Sparks describes his latest novel as ‘a classic story of lovers long denied’. I think this quote perfectly summarises what you can expect when you pick up Every Breath.

    The latest novel from Nicholas Sparks begins with

    *

    3.5 stars

    The king of contemporary romance fiction returns with a brand new love story titled, Every Breath. This is a love at first sight classic romance, that sees destiny play a huge role in shaping the lives of two individuals, Tru and Hope. Sparks describes his latest novel as ‘a classic story of lovers long denied’. I think this quote perfectly summarises what you can expect when you pick up Every Breath.

    The latest novel from Nicholas Sparks begins with Tru, a guide from Zimbabwe, who is called the US on a relatively short trip to connect with his biological father and learn more about his mother before his father passes away. Alongside Tru’s story is Hope Anderson’s journey. Hope is a woman who is unsure of where her life is going. She is in a relationship that doesn’t seem to be progressing, or making her happy. She also is faced with some tough choices in North Carolina, where she is visiting her ill father. Every Breath is the heart pounding story of how these two strangers fall quickly and deeply in love, but they face immense complications. A decision is made and the two go their separate ways, living on opposite sides of the world and inhabiting very different life paths.

    It is always a comfort to return to the writing of an author that you have followed for some time. I first began my love affair with the work of Nicholas Sparks back in 2012, where I read book after book of his work. I do suspect that my interest in his work began prior to 2012, when I first read The Notebook, a timeless love story. In Every Breath, the latest novel from Nicholas Sparks, we are reminded why he rules the roost in terms of contemporary romance. I can’t think of another male author that is able to capture to heart, feelings and emotions that Nicholas Sparks seems to so easily convey through the pages of his novel.

    So this time around, Every Breath introduces two protagonists who have their own troubles and colourful back stories. For Tru, his life in Zimbabwe really makes this novel stand out. The sequences featuring Tru’s life in Africa had me utterly entranced. Sparks does an excellent job of bringing this country to the pages of his novel. I felt like I had been transported to Zimbabwe in these scenes and many times I imagined myself standing there right beside Tru. This is perhaps an indication of the research Sparks has undertaken on this part of the world and his true passion for Africa. Then we have Hope. I enjoyed Hope’s story and I genuinely liked her as character. There were a few choices that she made that didn’t quite stick well with me, but I feel in the spirit of the book, it did work well. Through Hope, Sparks explores medical issues and an illness (I won’t say much more as I wish to avoid spoilers). I thought this aspect of the novel was handled with sensitivity and insight by Sparks.

    Apart from Tru and Hope, the other major character in this novel is the magical mailbox, ‘Kindred Spirit’, which is situated in the North Carolina setting of Every Breath. I have to say, as of fan of letter writing, this was a big drawcard for me. I also loved the fact that it was based on a real life story of a mailbox situated in an isolated location in the US. This letterbox has seen people freely drop letters in to those they cannot write or get a letter to, for reasons unknown. I just wished we had one here in Australia, it is such a touching gesture, especially in a world where the art of letter writing seems to be disappearing at a rapid rate. I loved how Sparks tied this idea into his novel, it worked well and it added another vital layer to the book.

    For those expecting a great romance from Nicholas Sparks, I don’t think you will be disappointed. For me personally, Every Breath wasn’t quite up there with my favourite Sparks novel, Dear John, but it was an enjoyable read. I will say that Every Breath is a book that will conjure up a variety of emotions; from happiness, to sadness, joy, frustration and it does leave you with hope. The love that surrounds Tru and Hope is one that is separated by time, life choices, ill-fated decisions and reconnection. It was nice to revisit this couple many decades after their first meeting. However, I would have loved to have gleaned more about their initial relationship spark, those magical five days of instant love on the beach in North Carolina captured my heart.

    Fans old and new will appreciate the classic romantic sojourn Every Breath represents, through the capable hands of master storyteller Nicholas Sparks. Every Breath is a really lovely story, with a beautiful set of characters.

    Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks is published by Hachette Australia. $32.99. Out now.

    * I wish to thank Hachette Australia for providing a copy of this book for review purposes.

  • Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Every Breath

    Standalone

    Nicholas Sparks

    October 16, 2018

    had a lot of promise to be a big winner for me, but unfortunately it didn't reach the expectations that I anticipated. Based on the synopsis, it sounded like an emotional ill-fated love story with the potential for a second chance later in life.

    it poses.

    Every Breath

    Standalone

    Nicholas Sparks

    October 16, 2018

    had a lot of promise to be a big winner for me, but unfortunately it didn't reach the expectations that I anticipated. Based on the synopsis, it sounded like an emotional ill-fated love story with the potential for a second chance later in life.

    it poses.

    I knew that a happy ending isn't guaranteed, and while that's preferable, if the message in the story at least leaves me introspective and moved then I'm satisfied. I didn't come away from the book feeling happy with the events that took place, in fact, I was frustrated and left wanting more. There were several things that contributed to that, and I'll get to that in a minute.

    Tru Walls is a safari guide from Zimbabwe who is visiting North Carolina for the first time on a life changing trip. He's a man of simple needs who loves his son dearly, but as much as he loved his ex-wife, they couldn't make their marriage work. They wanted different things out of life: she wanted a husband who would be home more, he wanted to continue the career he loved amongst the land and wildlife where he felt most at peace. This is one area where he was unwilling to compromise, and they parted on amicable terms. There isn't much that would tempt him to leave the country and take time away from his son. Except learning more about his biological father and unlocking answers to questions he has about his mother. For that, he agrees to meet with the man who has reached out to him, and the uncertainty of what he will uncover has him more than a little unsettled.

    Hope Anderson is staying nearby at her parents' cottage on the beach with her own worries consuming her. Her father has just been diagnosed with ALS, and with that earth shattering news, the future is a scary thing to imagine. Will her parents have enough money for his care as his health deteriorates? How will she deal with seeing her wonderful father slowly waste away before her eyes? And then she has things of a more personal nature plaguing her mind. The relationship with her boyfriend of six years is once again on rocky terms, and she's at a crossroads. Attending her friend's wedding by herself while he parties in Vegas with his friends, she knows something has to give. As much as she doesn't want to believe she's wasting her time with him, she can't help but feel like marriage and a family may never be in the cards. Motherhood has always been something she expected to achieve...but more than that,

    to achieve. Now her biological clock is ticking away as she counts the minutes passing her by.

    Both Hope and Tru were dealing with very heavy decisions that would forever alter the course of their life. It was a time for introspection and self-discovery. Then they cross paths and begin a friendship that very quickly evolves into a complication that neither was expecting. When I say very quickly, I'm talking about a matter of one day.

    This was a major issue for me. Sparks was going for a soulmates/destiny/magical feeling about this couple based on how they instantly felt emotions that couldn't be explained. I'm not necessarily against that in books, but in this case it made their supposed depth of feelings seem artificial and shallow. In short, I just didn't believe it. The actual development of their romance was almost non-existent in the book. Which made the unchanged intensity of their feelings after 25 years to be laughable. On one hand, this was a fairy tale type of romance. On the other, it was bone jarringly realistic in regards to the effects of Hope's rash choices. I don't think you can have it both ways and end up with a cohesive plot.

    Part two was a juxtaposition of regrets and hope for both characters. The big question was which one was the end point in it all? We get a

    examination of their life stories over the last two and a half decades. Family, successes, failures, and pondering if things could have been better if another path had been chosen. To be frank, I started to skim some of these pages after a while because the story started to lose me. If I had agreed with Hope and liked her more, I might have cared at this point. Unfortunately I got annoyed at her selfishness, and the ignorance of her decision. Yes, she achieved her ultimate goal, but at what cost? She had alternatives that would have given her the same results, but refused to compromise on her needs.

    I was just so done with her, I completely disconnected from the outcome of the story. Yes, it was sweet and romantic how they reconnected, and yet I was puzzled as to why Tru would even be interested at that point in his life. It didn't make very much sense to me.

    I enjoyed Tru's home of Zimbabwe, and the detail put into the research surrounding that setting. There were parts of the plot that were whimsical and touching, and yet overall the romance was too superficial to actually be believable. The ending left me unexpectedly deflated as the reality of the near future was revealed. I couldn't help but feel that Tru's blind devotion had cheated him out of the happiness he could have had. I'm sure a lot of readers will find this to be achingly bittersweet, but for me this leaned way too far into the bitter with not enough sweet to satisfy.

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