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This is Nicholas Sparks's ninth novel. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.
Native New Yorker Jeremy Marsh is a sophisticated journalist whose specialty is debunking scientific myths. Though professionally successful, his personal life is less so; his wife divorced him, saying he was too rarely home. His happily married parents and his brothers, all of whom have wives and children, are a constant reminder of what he doesn't have. He is intrigued when he gets a letter about ghostly lights in the cemetery near the small town of Boone Creek, NC. Is there a rational explanation? Jeremy goes down to find out, visiting the public library to get background information and meeting head librarian Lexie Darnell, lovely and single. The mystery turns out to be a gentle hoax. Jeremy and Lexie's romance has a predictable breakup and reunion, and the ending is happy and hopeful. Narrator David Aaron Baker gives regional accents to supporting characters, making them sound somewhat like residents of Mayberry. For public library collections where demand warrants.-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'Sparks delivers another shrinkwrapped, reliably uncomplicated romantic confection that's light as air, smooth as silk and gloriously sweet' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Charming, divorced Jeremy Marsh is a rising star. As a dashing, successful 37-year-old Manhattan science journalist, his skeptical scrutiny of ineffective antidepressants, cults and television clairvoyants has caught the eye of North Carolina restaurant owner Doris McClellan, who invites Jeremy to bucolic Boone Creek to scoop the story of eerie mystery lights appearing in an ancient cemetery. A diviner who can predict the sex of unborn babies, Doris suspects the lights are a ghostly curse. Her beautiful librarian granddaughter, Lexie Darnell, makes a lovely, if guarded, tour guide as Jeremy revs up his electromagnetic equipment for the ghost hunt. After witnessing the ethereal graveside lights, both grow closer, much to the chagrin of local deputy Rodney Hopper, who wants Lexie for himself. Guided by sage Doris and manipulated by meddling mayor Tom Gherkin, big-city Jeremy and smalltown Lexie find that trepidation about their differences somehow manages to bloom into love. Jeremy eventually uncovers the hidden truth behind the glowing graveyard fog and departs the lush gothic environs for New York. Can love bridge the gap? Sparks (The Wedding) delivers another shrink-wrapped, reliably uncomplicated romantic confection that's light as air, smooth as silk and gloriously sweet. Agent, Theresa Park. (One-day laydown Apr. 12) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.