The Return

Original Title:The Return
Number of Pages:368 Pages
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About Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), The Longest Ride (2013), See Me (2015), Two by Two (2016) and Every Breath (2018) as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His twenty-first novel, The Return, will be published on September 29, 2020.Film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, including The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven (on all of which he served as a producer), The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song, have had a cumulative worldwide gross of over three-quarters of a billion dollars. The Notebook is also being adapted into a musical, featuring music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson. Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. He co-founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina in 2006. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4x400 meter, in New York. The record still stands. The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages was launched in 2011. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of the Sparks family, more than $15 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because the Sparks family covers all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.

The Return Overview

In the romantic tradition of Dear John and The Lucky One, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the story of an injured Navy doctor -- and two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.

Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, NC. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked as an orthopedic surgeon sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.
Tending to his grandfather's beloved bee hives while gearing up for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . and yet, from their very first encounter, his connection with Natalie Masterson can't be ignored. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding.

Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road from his grandfather's cabin. Claiming to be 19, she works at the local sundries store and keeps to herself. When he discovers she was once befriended by his grandfather, Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues -- until a crisis triggers a race that will uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could ever have anticipated.

In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie's secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness . . . and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.

The Return Reviews

  • Always a fan of Nicholas Sparks books and this is no exception! SO many surprises. I didn’t want to put it down but now I’m sad it’s over! Highly recommend. It comes out the end of September I believe. ❤️
  • This was a nice “ hallmark” read that you would expect from Nicholas Sparks. The story is pleasant and the characters are very relatable. Trevor is the type of man that you want to date and is very easy to fall in love with. Natalie is guarded and more complex and as you get to understand her, you feel for her pain. The story line with Callie is interring and keeps the reader guessing and wondering. I appreciated the information shared about the bee hives and my only true disappointment in the story is that this story line felt very left by the wayside. The bee hives were a strong focus in the beginning of the story and I felt they were just forgotten and abandoned for years in the end.This is a good easy beach read if your looking from a nice story to escape from all the craziness in our world right now. I feel like my rating might be a little harsh but I think that’s due to the fact that Nicholas Sparks in my mind is always compared to the Notebook.
  • I was so excited when my wish to read and review this new novel by Nicholas Sparks was granted through my membership of NetGalley and from publisher Sphere. I have been a fan of his tender romances for what seems like forever, loving every single book that I have read. Thank you for sending me a copy. Sparks writes captivating stories that involve multiple threads and problems being solved leading to new beginnings being made. I read this spellbinding story in no time at all and for me this was a very good read.The story starts when Trevor Benson arrives in New Bern, North Carolina to clear out the cabin his much loved Grandfather Carl Masterson has left to him having died in hospital some miles away from his property. Trevor, a military surgeon serving in Afghanistan, has returned to the States after a mortar explosion outside the hospital where he was working severely injures him. He has such fond memories of Grandad’s place from his boyhood when he loved nothing better than to help his grandad look after his hives of bees. At his new home he meets deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson who calls by to check on the property after frightening off a squatter and repairing the back door entrance. As soon as they meet he feels a fizz of attraction and so a friendship seems inevitable, especially as she seems drawn to him as well.Trevor has also seen a surly teenager walking past his cabin. He learns that her name is Callie and that she used to have a very special friendship with Carl, indeed that she had secured herself a job upon his recommendation. He is intrigued to find out why his frail grandfather had journeyed so far away from his home, leading to his death in strange circumstances, so he decides to start an investigation of his own, hoping either Natalie or Callie would be able to help him clear up the mystery. He remembers his Grandfather’s laboured and incomplete last words from his deathbed. He senses that both Natalie and Callie have secrets that they are hiding from him as well as his Grandfather. This is the story of Trevor’s efforts to solve the riddles surrounding the two ladies and the words spoken with such ambiguity and urgency just before Granddad passed away.Nicholas Sparks is a very popular and talented bestselling author. His research is amazingly detailed and full of interesting factual information. You learn new skills through his sharing of ideas. This novel features bee keeping information that is wondrous and totally fascinating. His story weaving is second to none. He tells his story evenly and with flair using intricate detail of settings, characterisation and natural beauty. Characters become like well-loved friends that you really care about, and his descriptions of the natural world are wonderful, creating vivid visual understanding. I love how the author describes the intricacies of relationships, both romantic and family and friendship. He is a real wordsmith, sensitive, compassionate and worldly wise. I loved the three story threads equally; Trevor’s, Natalie’s and lastly Callie’s. I loved the way he teased away at the various issues they had, all modern-day problems like PTSD, guilt and loyalty within marriage. His empathy never fails to impress me. He has the ability to draw you in and keep you interested and aware. I always admire the ways that he pulls the different story threads together, providing the reader with a satisfying ending. I recommend this novel as an involving and gorgeous read, well rounded off by the Epilogue.
  • I won this through a goodreads giveaway. I've loved so many of his books but haven't read one lately and was looking forward to it. Not his best, but I really enjoyed it. It started a bit slow for me and I struggled to get into it at first, but once it caught me I hated putting it down. I rounded up - I say 3.5 stars
  • Nicholas Sparks never disappoints! I was so excited to get an arc of his book The Return. The story of Trevor Benson returning to his grandfathers home and finishing what his grandfather started at the time of his death drew me in from page one! The story of Trevor being an orthopedic surgeon in the military, being injured and having ptsd was so real! Add in Callie and Natalie's stories and I couldn't put the book down. Thank you Mr. Sparks for a well written, thought provoking, believable story. I loved the whole story filled with humor and sadness.
  • The story was just Eh. Took too long to get into it and the protagonist was unlikable. In my opinion, not the best from Sparks.
  • Classic NS. All the feels. This one gave me a few chuckles along the way as the narrator tells a great story.
  • It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Nicholas Sparks book, and I thought “heck, it’s a new one - why not?”. This book was told from the male p.o.v. and I felt the narration was tedious, too much inner monologue and none of it was terribly engaging. I am not one to step on an author’s hard work, but this one was not for me. I didn’t care about any of the characters, it had multiple plot lines which didn’t evoke any emotion or interest in me and when it was over, I felt nothing. The cover, however, was very pretty and drew me in. Clearly not my fave Sparks title. Maybe the movie will be better.
  • It’s a typical Nicholas Sparks book. Not my favorite but still enjoyable to read. I didn’t mind the characters. I didn’t quite pull at my heartstrings like many of his other books but still it was enjoyable to read.
  • I won this book also! I have not read Nicolas Sparks before this but I’ve seen the movie productions of his books. This book was written in typical Sparks tradition, it flowed nicely and was extremely enthralling to want to continue reading on to finish the novel. Greatly enjoyed the smooth story lines and ease of which it was to follow what was transpiring in the story. I think my pocketbook is going to take a hit as I start to buy other Nicholas Sparks’ books to start reading!
  • This book was given to me through Goodreads.It is a romance novel with a few mysteries.Throughout the story and interwoven is an interesting account of the life of bees.What do the last words of Trevor's grandfather mean?Who is Callie?What dilemma is Natalie struggling to resolve?Where is Trevor's grandfather's truck?These questions are answered but left me hoping there might be a sequel.
  • I was captivated from start to finish. I didn’t think it was a traditional Nicholas Sparks love story, but I was satisfied nonetheless. Another win by Nicholas Sparks.
  • I won the book from Goodreads! Yeah me! He is one of my favorite authors. Finished it camping. Another can't put the book down until I finish.
  • I kept waiting for some excitement. It got a bit more interesting about halfway through. But I guessed what was going to happen quite early on in the book.
  • The Return by Nicholas SparksMy feelings after receiving this book:Well, from childhood I have three fantasies, One) I will date Harry Potter, Two) Chris Evans will reply to my msgs, Three) One day I will receive a copy from Sir Nicholas Sparks or the publisher of his upcoming book! 2 years back the last fantasy was as impossible as me dating Harry Potter or the other one! Mr. Sparks’s books are the reason that I ever started reading novels. I still remember the year 2014, for the first time I saw “The walk to remember '' and i loved that movie so much that I researched about it and found out the movie is based on a book written by The Nicholas Sparks, that's the start! I fell in love with every work he did, every book, every plot,every line, every character! I also fell in love with North Carolina! I have never been there but it feels like i know this place. It's like i visited the place through the stories of Mr. Sparks, through the stories of Noah-Allie,Landon-Jamie,Hope-Tru(the characters who lived there). Back then I wasn't so fond of reading but Mr. Sparks kind of forced me to be “a novel person”!! And also a reviewer! I know it's totally funny to you guys, I GET IT!!! I always wait for his books like you guys can't imagine. So in January when he posted about the release date , that the book is releasing on 29th september, i posted everywhere the famous green day song “ Wake me up, when september ends!!” Because the feeling was just like that. Then after moving here in the UK one night suddenly a thought clicked inside my brain and I wrote an email to the publisher with a rejection expectation(truly I believed that they wouldn't respond to me!) and 3 weeks before they mailed me that they are willing to send me a copy! And last week i received it! Trust me, that day was one of my BEST DAY EVERR!! I totally freaked out, screamed , don't remember what else i did, Lastly thanked god for this! Now I will thank Nicholas Sparks and Little, Brown and Company for this book! Now about the book:Well, like every other book of Mr. Sparks this story is also based in New bern, North Carolina. This is a story of Trevor Benson, a surgeon who used to serve the army in Afghanistan and after an explosion he got injured and lost his fingers. Due to this reason he had to change his profession to psychiatry where he himself is suffering from PTSD! After the death of his grandfather he returned to New bern to live and think about what he will do with his grandfather’s beloved house which he inherits now. The story has two mysterious characters which you will discover as you read. First a teenage girl Callie, who may or may not be connected with the reason for Carl's death(Trevor’s grandfather) because the place of his death creates some suspicion to Trevor that he wants to find out. Second, a female deputy Natalie Masterson, Trevor fancy her and both of them are really attracted to each other but for some reason she is reluctant to be with him , especially in public, which makes Trevor confused and enchanted towards her! But the question is why Natalie is behaving this way, why she is keeping herself from the feelings. To find out you have to read the book my dear!There is no question how much I loved the book, and I learned a lot about bee farming just the way I learned infos about safari after reading “ Every Breath”.haha!So i just finished reading another masterpiece from The Nicholas Sparks!! God I am still having goosebumps!! All the best Mr. Sparks for your upcoming gem! And thank you again to @little,brown and company for sending me the book.
  • Review to follow closer to publication date as per the Publishers request.
  • I'd say 3.5 for this one. I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways! Through Hachette Book Group? I don't know. Anyway, the book was good. Not one of Sparks greats, but the writing was good. The little twisty mysteries kept me going. It's a nice ending. That pretty much sums it up.
  • If you like a good Romance with a bit of mystery thrown in, this is the book for you. I raced through it in a couple of days- it would be perfect for the beach if you are lucky enough to have a holiday this year.Orthopaedic surgeon and veteran, Trevor Benson has been discharged from the army after being caught up in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. He has moved into his late Grandfather’s house in New Bern whilst waiting to start his new career, training as a psychiatrist.Whilst in the small town he meets enigmatic and mysterious Natalie, a Police Deputy and their romance begins. However there is something she is not telling him and he also has the mystery of why his 91 year old Grandfather had driven miles away to a town he had no connection to and then died of a stroke there. Suffering from PTSD, Trevor gradually learns to live a more normal life and falls in love with Natalie but both Natalie and Trevor have their own demons to overcome if they have any hope of being together in the long term. I enjoyed this gentle love story and had to keep picking the book up to find out if Trevor and Natalie ended up together. They certainly deserve to but in real life things do not always work out. Both were empathetic and well drawn characters who definitely touched me.I’ve read a few other books by Nicholas Sparks and also seen a couple of films made from his novels and this was definitely in a similar vein to his previous books. It was a very enjoyable read which thoroughly entertained me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • The Return Review I was so unbelievably excited when I got the email from Grand Central Publishing saying I could now download a copy of the newest Nicholas Sparks book. I was definitely not disappointed. I completely fell in love with Trevor from the beginning, he was charming and funny and I loved reading this story through his perspective. As usual the writing is fantastic and gripping and I found myself completely lost in Trevor’s world. I didn’t want to put it down. The only problem is, now I have to wait until he writes another one. SYNOPSIS Tending to his grandfather's beloved beehives, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding.Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road. Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues -- until a crisis triggers a race to uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could ever have imagined.
  • I have been a huge fan of Sparks' previous work, but this did not hit the mark. The Male protagonist was unlikeable, as was one of the females Natalie. He was too full-on, and she was too guarded, and I was seriously frustrated reading their conversations. The plot around his grandfather and the beehives was much too slow to keep my attention.
  • I haven't read anything by Nicholas Sparks for a couple of years . I have always enjoyed his books and was glad that I got the chance to read this one. It sometimes takes a while to get into his books and found the book a little slow going to start with. The story is told through the eyes of Trevor, a doctor who has been injured and is at a crossroads in his life. His grandfather recently passed away and he has returned to his house, to sort things out and to take stock.His path crosses that of Natalie, who works for the Sheriffs office. He fell in love at first sight, but inspite of her seeming reluctant, he continued to pursue her. I found Trevor quite irritating at this pointand would , as a woman, been put off by his behaviour. But I came to appreciate him more as the story progressed and the circumstances of both of them were revealed. This was well written without too much waffle around the story, feelings and events were explored sensitively and as the reader you come to understand the situation . The other story in the book, that of Calley was believable and well told. Typical for Nicholas Sparks,this book offers great descriptions of nature , towns and of characters the main character comes into contact with. It made me laugh and shed a tear and left me with the feeling that I have just read a great story. Thank you Net Galley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review . I'm glad I perservered with this one
  • I loved this book. The start and the epilogue running into one was fantastic and the best conclusion for the story.Trevor’s story was very different - as an injured veteran, the depth and development was not expected at all.His relationship with Natalie was beautiful and inspiring. The end result of her story was certainly not predicted.I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to read this.
  • I will preface this review by saying I loved The Notebook and have read and enjoyed many of Sparks other novels but this one just fell a bit flat for me. It has been some time since I’ve read one of his books and I do wonder if because I loved The Notebook so much and yet not this one was because of the passage of time. I read the others in the late 90’s and early 00’s when attitudes to women were different and at the risk of sounding terribly ‘woke’ I felt Trevor was a bit sleazy. I don’t think Spark’s male characters or either sexes characters have moved into the world we now live in and this could be a factor in how well this book does and how well future books do. It’s not all bad though! The descriptions of the locations are beautiful and I could hear the frogs and cicadas as Trevor sat on his deck at night. The descriptions of his Grandfather and the bee keeping are utterly lovely and though I found the first half of the book a trifle cringy, the second half (once I was used to Trevor and his constant internal monologue of hotw sexy Natalie is and how he can’t understand why she won’t fall at his feet) was much better. His relationship with Callie was far more natural and relatable and her story was gripping. I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out where his Grandpa was heading within the first few chapters too! I will continue to read Sparks’ novels in the hopes of another Notebook but this one wasn’t it. Mind you, it will be a great movie especially if it isn’t accompanied with voice over of sexist thoughts from the male lead!
  • The Return by Nicholas Sparks a four-star you will return too. This was like a story of two parts the first half I nearly didn’t finish multiple times, but the second half was all five-star read. The first half wasn’t a bad story, it was just so descriptive, and repetitive, normally I like a good description, but this just kept going. The thing I did enjoy so much was Carl Haverson a man we didn’t meet physically but a man who left a hole, big and dark and needing to be filled, ideally with the flowers like Roses and bees he loved so dearly. But mostly this is the story of his grandson Trevor Benson a convalescing, disabled veteran physician who has a story to tell and one that you should read, he brings some great characters to life and will show you different sides to people and he gets them to reveal themselves like petals from a flower opening. This does follow the typical Nicholas Sparks line, but if you enjoy his work then you will enjoy this as well.
  • This was a nice book. I use the word nice deliberately as it wasn’t dreadful but it also wasn’t outstanding. It was a nice, average book.Our main character Trevor is a good guy, but he’s a little creepy for my liking. Almost obsessive and stalker like in places. Natalie is a bit unlikeable. She could have explained her situation quite easily and spared them both heartache!I did enjoy the story and, whilst predictable, I’m glad it ended as it did. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.