A Bend in the Road

A Bend in the Road

by Nicholas Sparks
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A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

Recently selected as the 'Best Author' by readers of Entertainment Weekly, Nicholas Sparks is one of America's preeminent storytellers. Now Sparks spins a tale about a man, a woman, and the devastating secret that threatens to keep them apart...

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 sheriff in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but 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 is 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.

In A Bend In The Road Nicholas Sparks writes with a luminous intensity about life's bitter turns and incomparable sweetness. His affirming message carries a powerful lesson about the imperfections of being human, the mistakes we all make, and the joy that comes when we give ourselves to love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455574063
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/17/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 132,709
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Sparks's last novel, The Rescue, was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and his previous books -- The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, and A Walk to Remember -- were international bestsellers that were translated into more than thirty languages and adapted into major motion pictures. Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.


New Bern, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

December 31, 1965

Place of Birth:

Omaha, Nebraska


B.A. in finance, University of Notre Dame, 1988

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Rhiannon Grubbs More than 1 year ago
I love Nicholas Sparks' books and out of all of them this is my absolute favorite, by far! They should make a movie based on this book, like if u agree :))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many twists and turns! I love the small town life. This is a touching love story with alot of emotion and unexpected moments. You can not go wrong with Nicholas Sparks! Loved this book!!
Ahn More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Sparks' interpretation of romance and misery gives the reader a chance to indulge in the story of a middle-aged mans pain, love, and his glimpse of happiness before another turning point. The author draws in the reader, giving the audience a chance to become a part of the story line. As well as feeling the pains of the characters, the hopes and happiness, and the will to live on. This book would be recommended mainly for young teenage girls because the storyline is based along the lines of romance and mystery that will most definitely catch young girls' attention in this heart-wrenching story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are in the mood for a Nicholas Sparks book then this novel will satisfy your craving! This is a riveting story that combines suspense and  romance. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! it is one of my all time favorites! it makes you cry, and leaves you with chills! his characters are so realistic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicholas sparks has become my new favorite author and this book is my favorite so far. It's not just a love story. It is a mystery too. A very good book.
jackie143JC More than 1 year ago
Book title and author: A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks Title of review: A Bend in the Road Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 Introduction A Bend in the Road is another love story wrote by the American author famous for love stories, Nicholas Sparks. This novel tells the story of Miles Ryan and Sarah Andrews. It is written in the first and third-person narrative; the third person narrative splits the focus equally between the Miles’ and Sarah’s stories. Although the first- person narrative remains unknown during most of the story to be the driver that killed Miles’ wife, Missy Ryan. This book is a great book for people who enjoy a good romance novel. Description and summary of main points Miles Ryan, a deputy sheriff in the North Carolina town of New Bern, loses his wife Missy in a hit-and-run accident. He wants to bring the driver that killed his wife to justice. Miles meets his son’s teacher Sarah Andrews, who recently moved to New Bern from Baltimore after a difficult divorce. Brought together by Jonah’s (Miles’ son) school troubles, the two start to date and eventually fall in love. Their most important date is when they go on the town’s Ghost Walk and listen to a ghost story about a couple who lived during war times. That couple were forbidden to see each other, however, they communicated through the use of candles which signified they loved and missed each other. The man of the couple is killed by the order of the girl’s father, sending the girl into depression. The night before, he had sent a letter asking her to marry him. Her response would be two candles for yes or one candle for no. She lights two candles and commits suicide over grief of her lost love. Everything is going perfect between the two. Miles and Jonah meet Sarah’s entire family and are somewhat sure of their future together. That’s when a shocking secret is revealed. Miles is reminded of his past when information about Missy’s accident is brought up. Brian, Sarah’s brother is revealed as the driver who hit missy and the mysterious first-person narrator from the beginning of the story. Miles is enraged and believes Sarah knew this from the beginning and planned everything out. Sarah is completely awestruck and doesn’t know what to do. Miles explodes on Sarah and says that they’re through. Sarah and Brian must fight and survive through Miles’ dangerous and troubling wants for revenge., as Miles’ past actions haunt them as they wait for something to happen. Eventually, Miles’ makes sense of everything and makes a decision. Miles waits at the cemetery by Missy’s grave where he knows Brian will come. Brian does indeed come, carrying flowers and wondering when Miles will approach him. When Miles speaks to Brian he is afraid, but decides to accept what might happen. Instead, Miles tells Brian to never mention the accident to anyone ever in his life, and that he forgives him, as long as he does something worthwhile with his life. Miles decides to keep Brian’s confession a secret, only between him and Sarah. Brian goes home, utterly surprised, but knows that Miles was right. He goes on with his life without a problem. Brian moved on from his tragedy and starts a brand-new life by moving to California, getting married for the first time, and becoming an ER doctor. He has saved many lives in the last few years, which makes him believe he has done something worthwhile Evaluation: This book is a great book written by a very talented author, Spar
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
A Bend in the Road was another one of Sparks' unforgetable heart touching love story. It is about these two heartbroken people who found eachother. Miles Ryan is a grieving widower who lost his wife Missy in a horrible car accident a few years earlier. As a police officer, he takes responsibility for her death since he was never able to catch the driver of the hit and run. He struggled with her death but a year later, he finally gave up his search for the driver. Another year passes and he begins to notice that his son Jonas is struggling in school. Then Miles meets with Sarah Andrews, his son's second grade teacher. Sarah Andrews is a recently divorced teacher. Her first husband was an inconsiderate, heartless bastard. So she moved from her old town to New Bern to forget her heartbrake, and start a new life. Miles and Sarah try to put behind their pasts as they begin to see more of eachother. Little do they know, their pasts were entwined by a fateful event long ago. Which will throw them apart, but in due time it would bring them together again. I really loved this novel alot. I've read it as crazy, and would recommend it to anyone.
MiaAdorable More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. Pretty powerful and sad at times but touching. Boy meets girl in high school, falls in love, gets married and has a child. It ends in tragedy when Mile's wife Missy is involved in a hit-and-run accident and dies. The killer was never found. The killer actually writes some sort of journal and in it explains what is happening through his eyes. A couple of years later, Miles finds himself falling in love again with a woman who seems to be trying to find herself again from a failed marriage. They meet and it is a very cute meeting and setting and it involves courting and it is just romantic, in a sense. Miles falls in love with his son's teacher, Sarah. It all goes well and then the tragedy that Miles has tried so hard to put in the past and behind him, finally, is brought back to live with a vengeance. It is a riviting story of love, compassion, understanding and it will make you smile and glad you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another on of those love conquers all books. It all started with the accident were Miles wife dies when hit by a car. There are a lot of suspects one in particular that fits the bill, but there seems to be no evidence. Meanwhile Sarah's happy marriage comes to an end because of her husband. Both extremely wounded by circumstances they could not control they find each other. They are happy until new evidence arises from Miles' wife case. Major twist in the end and not just once!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! I loved it!! I stayed up till really late, but it was TOTALY worth it!!!!!!! I <3 this book!!!!!!!
just-deb More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.  I've only read 6 books thus far, and this is only the second one that I have enjoyed.  It can get confusing at times, but then you get back on track.  Very suspenceful and emotional.  I'm nervous to purchase another book from this author for the simple fact that I don't think it will be as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A masterpiece!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book!! Love how Nicholas Sparks, book has so many twist and turns, couldn't put this book down!!!!!!!
smz911 More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Nicholas Sparks books. I have to say this was not my favorite. It seems the like the story line kind of dragged out. The ending was sad too.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
TheMumblingMomBookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars October Book Club Book Review I have mixed emotions about this book, I liked it but I didn't love it. Since reading "Dear John" I have stayed away from Nicholas Sparks books. I enjoy watching the movies but the books just aren't for me. However, I didn't have a choice with this one, since it was a book club read. I'm glad I read it though it was a quick and easy read. It won't be at the top of my recommendation list but as a Nicholas Sparks book goes I would chose this one over others. One thing I found interesting was the writing style. Sparks starts the novel off with the narrator recalling how events of his life intertwine with those of the hero and heroine. By doing this the reader is able to feel sympathy for the narrator while he retells the story of how Miles and Sarah learn to love again after tragic events uproot both of their lives. Miles Ryan is a small town county sheriff with a 7 year old son, Jonah. Miles and Jonah's lives were turned upside down 2 years prior when tragedy strikes and Miles and Jonah bury a wife and mother. Miles is left with no answers and no one to charge for the crime that was committed. After years of obsession he finds himself looking ahead and wanting to rebuild a life. One with love, and happiness, one with a wife. Sarah Andrews has just moved to New Bern after leaving her hometown of Baltimore to be closer to her parents after a nasty divorce. She isn't looking for love considering she had been burned deeply by her ex-husband. But when a student in her class is in need of extra help she meets Deputy Ryan and sparks fly. Neither one of them expected for their feelings to come so fast and so hard, and when a secret is revealed that could rip apart the very love story they created, forgiveness and understanding may be their only hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far the best book of his that i have read!
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Kari More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I wish they would make it into a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with this story such a great story and beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always was not disappointed while reading this book. It was wonderful .
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