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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 gra 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.


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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 gra 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.

30 review for A Bend in the Road

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    A Bend in the Road, Nicholas Sparks A Bend in the Road is the fifth novel by the American author Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote the romance love novels A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, and The Rescue. It was published in 2001. The story was inspired by Sparks's brother-in-law, Bob. Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife Missy was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son A Bend in the Road, Nicholas Sparks A Bend in the Road is the fifth novel by the American author Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote the romance love novels A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, and The Rescue. It was published in 2001. The story was inspired by Sparks's brother-in-law, Bob. Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife Missy was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah's second grade teacher. A young woman recovering from a difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New Bern hoping to start over. Tentatively, Miles and Sarah reach out to each other... soon they are falling in love. But what neither realizes is that they are also bound together by a shocking secret, one that will force them to reexamine everything they believe in- including their love. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوم ماه ژانویه سال 2003 میلادی عنوان: در پیچ و خم جاده؛ نویسنده: نیکولاس (نیکلاس) اسپارکس؛ مترجم: نفیسه معتکف؛ تهران، لیوسا، 1381، در 460 ص، شابک 9645634237؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 21 م آغاز متن از کتاب: «صبح روز 29 (ماه) آگوست 1988 (میلادی)، مایلز ریان، که کمی بیش از دو سال از مرگ همسرش، میگذشت، در ایوان پشتی خانه اش ایستاده بود، و در حالیکه سیگار میکشید، طلوع آهسته ی خورشید را، که آسمان صبحگاه را، از خاکستری دلگیر، به نارنجی تبدیل میکرد، تماشا میکرد. دود سیگار مایلز، حلقه وار رو به بالا میرفت. او احساس کرد، رطوبت هوا بالا رفته، و هوا سنگین شده است. پرندگان زودتر از موعد مقرر، آواز صبحگاهی خود را، سر داده بودند، و چهچه ی آنها، همه جا طنین افکنده بود. قایق ماهیگیری کوچکی، از مقابل او رد شد. مرد ماهیگیر، برایش دستی تکان داد، و مایلز نیز، با تکان دادن سر، جوابش را داد. این کل نیرویی بود، که میتوانست در خود جمع کند. او به یک فنجان قهوه احتیاج داشت، و آماده بود، که روز خود را با نوشیدن قهوه ی جاوه، شروع کند، سپس جانا را به مدرسه برساند، بومیانی را، که قانون را زیر پا میگذاشتند، مهار کند، اخطاریه های دادگاه ناحیه را، به دیوار بچسباند، و به مسایل اجتناب ناپذیر پیش بینی نشده، بپردازد، مانند: ملاقات با آموزگار جانا، در بعد از ظهر همان روز. و این تازه اول کار بود. شب، تازه برنامه اش سنگینتر میشد. همیشه کلی کار بود، که میبایست انجام میگرفت؛ از کارهای خانه گرفته، تا رسیدگی به قبوض و صورتحسابها، خرید، نظافت، تعمیر وسایل خانه. و حتی در لحظاتی نادر که مایلز متوجه میشد، کمی وقت آزاد دارد، سعی میکرد به نحو احسن از آن استفاده کند، وگرنه آن فرصت را هم از دست میداد. سر ضرب (یه سرعت) مطلبی را برای خواندن پیدا میکرد.»؛ پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    Great read! a romantic storyline with a twist also heartwarming and endearing (paperback!)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Sheriff Miles Ryan is a single father to nine year old Jonah. Two years ago Miles’s wife was killed and ever since he has been obsessed with finding out who was responsible for the hit and run which ended his wife’s life and his son without a mother. When Miles learns Jonah is having difficulty at school, he meets with his teacher Sarah Andrews. Together they discuss the best way to help Jonah through the struggles he is experiencing whilst at school. Whilst helping Jonah Miles and Sarah begin t Sheriff Miles Ryan is a single father to nine year old Jonah. Two years ago Miles’s wife was killed and ever since he has been obsessed with finding out who was responsible for the hit and run which ended his wife’s life and his son without a mother. When Miles learns Jonah is having difficulty at school, he meets with his teacher Sarah Andrews. Together they discuss the best way to help Jonah through the struggles he is experiencing whilst at school. Whilst helping Jonah Miles and Sarah begin to have feelings for each other and in time their laughter turns to love, but when a secret is uncovered could their feelings for one another change? Nicholas Sparks is a well known author and his books are enjoyed by many including me. He has a way with words that when you’re reading his books you get a total understanding of the story and you become emotionally invested. What more could a reader need or want in a book? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who loves reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    M. M. Sana

    This is an awesome book. It has a little bit of romance and a little mystery. It will embed images in your mind that will be hard to escape. Love and forgiveness will have a new meaning in your life. Yes, it does have a little bit of everything. A husband's love, a father's love, a cop in action, romance, mystery... FORGIVENESS! I won't tell you what it is about, because I think you should read it. REALLY!!! Go get it and read it. I never thought a man could write LOVE so well. Love in its pures This is an awesome book. It has a little bit of romance and a little mystery. It will embed images in your mind that will be hard to escape. Love and forgiveness will have a new meaning in your life. Yes, it does have a little bit of everything. A husband's love, a father's love, a cop in action, romance, mystery... FORGIVENESS! I won't tell you what it is about, because I think you should read it. REALLY!!! Go get it and read it. I never thought a man could write LOVE so well. Love in its purest form.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Surely the Danielle Steele set must rejoice whenever Sparks churns out a new book. While this was not the worst Sparks book I've ever read (there, I've admitted it - I've read more than one), that is a pretty low bar. I cannot even believe I read this. Not only do I not remember why I picked this book up, I cannot remember the ending. Suggestion: skip this book and save a few hours of your life; put it to good use gardening, playing with your children, or better yet, choosing a good author who d Surely the Danielle Steele set must rejoice whenever Sparks churns out a new book. While this was not the worst Sparks book I've ever read (there, I've admitted it - I've read more than one), that is a pretty low bar. I cannot even believe I read this. Not only do I not remember why I picked this book up, I cannot remember the ending. Suggestion: skip this book and save a few hours of your life; put it to good use gardening, playing with your children, or better yet, choosing a good author who doesn't insult your sensibilities with his writing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    S.

    Wish I had a dollar for each time a character ran their hands through their hair.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Buggy

    Opening Line: “On the morning of August 29, 1988, a little more than two years after his wife had passed away, Miles Ryan stood on the back porch of his house, smoking a cigarette, watching as the rising sun slowly changed the morning sky from dusky grey to orange.” Nicholas Sparks is like comfort food, I always know going in the kind of emotional love story I’m going to get and I can count on being sucked into the lives, loves and heartache of his small town characters. They’re written realistic Opening Line: “On the morning of August 29, 1988, a little more than two years after his wife had passed away, Miles Ryan stood on the back porch of his house, smoking a cigarette, watching as the rising sun slowly changed the morning sky from dusky grey to orange.” Nicholas Sparks is like comfort food, I always know going in the kind of emotional love story I’m going to get and I can count on being sucked into the lives, loves and heartache of his small town characters. They’re written realistically, I mean I feel like I know them, flaws and all and I usually want to move to whatever town it is he’s describing. Sure sometimes the stories are predictable and I find that the couple de jour spouts the “I love you’s” too soon for my liking or realism’s sake but still his stories are always a pleasure to read, which is what keeps me coming back for more. A BEND IN THE ROAD was a surprise in that it keeps a sense of mystery going throughout, often leaving the main couples love story and allowing us into the mind of the anonymous “bad guy”. Slowly unravelling their story until the shocking big reveal at the end. I honestly didn’t know how Sparks was going to wrap things up here, his couples doesn’t always end up together and that too added to the mystery. Sheriff’s deputy Miles Ryan is still struggling to come to terms with the death of his beloved wife in a hit-and-run accident nearly two years ago. High school sweethearts, theirs was a love destined to last and Miles can’t seem to let go of the grief or the fact that as an officer of the law he’s been unable to find the person responsible. If it weren’t for their young son Jonah it’s unlikely that Miles would find the strength to get through the day. Which brings into play Jonah’s second grade teacher Sarah Andrews. When Jonah begins having trouble keeping up in school Sarah offers to tutor him and a tentative relationship begins to form. Sarah is running away from a bad divorce (is there a good one?) and has a few skeletons in her closet as well. Our couple fall in love pretty fast (from one page to the next) and are just beginning to see a real future together when Miles’ past comes back, tearing everything apart. Unwilling to let go of his dead wife and obsessed with finding her killer and ultimately closure I can honestly say that I was surprised by events I didn’t see coming. As I hinted at earlier I really enjoyed getting inside the head of the hit-and-run driver and slowly discovering who it was, becoming very sympathetic towards their situation. However I could have done without spending so much time running around with county sheriff Charlie and subsequently the middle parts of this story lagged. Still a recommended read. Cheers!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alaine

    Some stories don't have happy endings and some do. This one of course can't really have a happy ending because a wife and mother have died. But, this book tells the story of a man's journey through grief, and anyone who has been through the loss of a loved one knows that the pain never ends. Nicholas Sparks did a wonderful job of reminding us of that, it was not a week love story, someone dies, someone else comes along and they live happily ever after. Instead it spoke clearly of the struggle an Some stories don't have happy endings and some do. This one of course can't really have a happy ending because a wife and mother have died. But, this book tells the story of a man's journey through grief, and anyone who has been through the loss of a loved one knows that the pain never ends. Nicholas Sparks did a wonderful job of reminding us of that, it was not a week love story, someone dies, someone else comes along and they live happily ever after. Instead it spoke clearly of the struggle and inner turmoil of a man wanting to get on with his life but never really being able to let go. He had the flashbacks and constant memories that we all have when going through grief. This aspect of the book was excellent and could not be faulted. Whilst I loved the character of Sarah I struggled to make that emotional connection to Miles. For me I found him to be a little bit of a typical macho kind of guy and that at times annoyed me. I will say however that it is possible that I had this issue because I listened to this book on audio and sometimes the droning of characters can get on your nerves. This is however the reason I gave the book a rating of 3 (although, it would be 3 1/2 if it where possible) and not higher, I just didn't fall in love with the main character the way that I wanted to.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs. My friend, Megan 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 wa Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs. My friend, Megan 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sneha Mary Henry

    This is the first Nicholas Sparks book I have ever read and honestly it was just Okay!!!! I expected more from this novel by viewing its rating on goodreads but unfortunately, it wasn’t worth the hype. This novel revolves around the main character named Miles Ryan who lost his wife to a hit-and-run driver. It takes quite a while for Miles to bring himself out from its grief and gradually begins to think about starting a new life. That’s when he happens to meet Sarah Andrews, who is Miles’s son Jon This is the first Nicholas Sparks book I have ever read and honestly it was just Okay!!!! I expected more from this novel by viewing its rating on goodreads but unfortunately, it wasn’t worth the hype. This novel revolves around the main character named Miles Ryan who lost his wife to a hit-and-run driver. It takes quite a while for Miles to bring himself out from its grief and gradually begins to think about starting a new life. That’s when he happens to meet Sarah Andrews, who is Miles’s son Jonah’s school teacher. Eventually they begin to develop feelings for one another and soon it blooms into a romantic relationship. However, things get complicated when Miles tries to find out the man behind the wheels who had run over his wife and killed her. He assumes it to be his antagonist Otis Timson. But, subsequently he learns the shocking truth that the driver was none other than Sarah’s brother Brian. These events messes up their relation and the story continues to be serious and kinda depressing. Well!! The first half of the novel was quite interesting but the second half just deprived to an average level. This is mainly because the character Miles has been portrayed as a sheriff and there are many turn of events where they talk about investigation regarding Miles’s wife Missy accident and criminal charges. Moreover, these scenarios got me wondering whether am I really reading a romance novel. Because this book was giving less of romance and more of a thriller vibe. However, the epilogue was kinda good because I believe it gave a satisfying ending to the story. Altogether, I liked the book but did not love it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    A Bend in the Road is a tragedy and a love story. Miles is the police sheriff who also happens to be a young widower. His wife died in a Hit and Run, which he and Jonah (his kid) are still trying to recover from and deal with. When Miles meets Sarah, Jonah's teacher, he starts to think he could find love again. However, not everything is easy for Miles because he's so obsessed with trying to find his wife's killer.. which could somehow put strain on his new and developing relationship with Sarah A Bend in the Road is a tragedy and a love story. Miles is the police sheriff who also happens to be a young widower. His wife died in a Hit and Run, which he and Jonah (his kid) are still trying to recover from and deal with. When Miles meets Sarah, Jonah's teacher, he starts to think he could find love again. However, not everything is easy for Miles because he's so obsessed with trying to find his wife's killer.. which could somehow put strain on his new and developing relationship with Sarah. This book was okay. I mean, I did get completely hooked by it because it is a Nicholas Sparks book.. and somehow this guy writes complete gold every now and then. It was pretty interesting until Miles go crazy.. and then it got weird (to me at least). Plus, every now and then you got a section or a chapter form the killer.. and the entire time I just wanted to know their name! The relationship between Sarah and Miles was okay. It didn't really blow me away or make me smile like a creepy person. The ending kind of felt rushed to me.. or it just seemed like Miles chose Sarah to make Jonah happier in the end? OR SOMETHING? I don't know.. I'm tired and I need coffee!! Overall, I liked the book. I guess I had higher expectations or just wanted more than what I got from this book. I'm glad that I read it. I wonder if I can read all of his books this year?? On to the next one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chipper

    This novel was like reading the Cliff Notes of a epic love story, MINUS the analysis and depth you might find in Cliff Notes and MINUS the well-developed and fascinating characters, settings and dialogue you might find in an epic love story. Based upon my reading of this book, nobody will be reading Nicolas Sparks 100 years from now and I refuse to waste any more of my limited time on Earth reading words slapped together by him and bound under the pretense of actually being a novel. The SECOND BE This novel was like reading the Cliff Notes of a epic love story, MINUS the analysis and depth you might find in Cliff Notes and MINUS the well-developed and fascinating characters, settings and dialogue you might find in an epic love story. Based upon my reading of this book, nobody will be reading Nicolas Sparks 100 years from now and I refuse to waste any more of my limited time on Earth reading words slapped together by him and bound under the pretense of actually being a novel. The SECOND BEST thing about A Bend in the Road is that it was only 368 pages (with medium-large type) and it was over quickly. In spite of this, I'm still surprised I finished it. The few times I did put it down, I threw it down disgusted by his formulaic writing style, predictable plot lines and pathetic dialogue. The BEST thing about A Bend in the Road is that one month - maybe even one week - from now, I won't be able to remember a damn thing about it. No aspect of this book is memorable and essentially every aspect of it is utterly forgettable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lexy

    This book was a very good book and it was sad because of what happened in the beginning.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Syndi

    typical nicholas spark novel. it could be cut 100 pages shorter. i feel like the story line and the twist were build into nonsense with so many plot holes. but again, it is nicholas spark. i enjoy it and it took me by surprise that i enjoy it. miles is a confusing character. sarah is facinating and jonah deserves a spin off.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    “If it’s over, then don’t let the past screw up the rest of your life.” I read last Sparks book in January, I have watched all the movies and now I am reading books, Yeah cycle is inverted here, There isn’t movie adaption of A bend in the road so I was clueless. It took me 80 pages to feel the Nicholas vibes, It was so different from the other books, MCs were widower and divorcee so this story mostly tackles adults problem which I wasn’t expecting 😐 “grown-ups always say that things are complicat “If it’s over, then don’t let the past screw up the rest of your life.” I read last Sparks book in January, I have watched all the movies and now I am reading books, Yeah cycle is inverted here, There isn’t movie adaption of A bend in the road so I was clueless. It took me 80 pages to feel the Nicholas vibes, It was so different from the other books, MCs were widower and divorcee so this story mostly tackles adults problem which I wasn’t expecting 😐 “grown-ups always say that things are complicated.” This story also had the fair amount of mystery which I kind of guessed after 80% but still, the mystery was well kept. I personally felt that the mystery eats that typical spark’s romance element, I expected a little bit more. “Sometimes, things don’t work out the way we want them to.” Characters were well-defined, I felt for both Miles and Sarah, anyone can get easily connect with Miles and Sarah’s past stories and their struggle, I never felt angry on Miles actions, his actions were justifiable, the writing was as usual beautiful.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ron Wroblewski

    The first half of the book was typical Sparks - man meets woman, get to know one another and fall in love. The second half develops the mystery of how Miles' wife was killed by a hit and run. And when Miles discovered who did it several years later it would send shook waves through the relationship. I got emotionally wrapped up in the story but will let you guess how it ended up. It is a great example of forgiveness. I vacationed near New Bern last year so I was familiar with many of the places m The first half of the book was typical Sparks - man meets woman, get to know one another and fall in love. The second half develops the mystery of how Miles' wife was killed by a hit and run. And when Miles discovered who did it several years later it would send shook waves through the relationship. I got emotionally wrapped up in the story but will let you guess how it ended up. It is a great example of forgiveness. I vacationed near New Bern last year so I was familiar with many of the places mentioned and know right where Sarah's apartment was.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    a Bend in the Road Nicholas Sparks is my all time favorite go to author when i'm in the mood for a romantic novel. I know it will be a cute fluffy love story with a happy end. And I wasn't disappointed this time. It had it all. Miles lost his wife - the love of his life - in a car accident. He thought he could never fall for an other again after Missy. Untill he meeds his sons new teacher, the cute, kind, pretty Sarah. They get into a relationship with bumbs in the road. Will their love survive all a Bend in the Road Nicholas Sparks is my all time favorite go to author when i'm in the mood for a romantic novel. I know it will be a cute fluffy love story with a happy end. And I wasn't disappointed this time. It had it all. Miles lost his wife - the love of his life - in a car accident. He thought he could never fall for an other again after Missy. Untill he meeds his sons new teacher, the cute, kind, pretty Sarah. They get into a relationship with bumbs in the road. Will their love survive all of that?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Piyangie

    A weak plot but somehow the characters kept me going. I wonder it is the choice of his books that I have read or his writing that I cannot come to like his works.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kater Cheek

    I've never read a Nick Sparks book, but I know people just adore them and I wanted an escapist romance so I picked this one up from the library based on the fact that it was available. I don't know when it was written, but it feels like it was set in the 90s. It's not just the VCR tapes and the fact that no one has a cell phone, it's also the social/cultural feel. For example, Sarah (the love interest) has a mother who seems deeply committed to convincing Sarah to undergo whatever inconvenience I've never read a Nick Sparks book, but I know people just adore them and I wanted an escapist romance so I picked this one up from the library based on the fact that it was available. I don't know when it was written, but it feels like it was set in the 90s. It's not just the VCR tapes and the fact that no one has a cell phone, it's also the social/cultural feel. For example, Sarah (the love interest) has a mother who seems deeply committed to convincing Sarah to undergo whatever inconvenience she needs in order to snag a man. Or maybe that's timeless? It grated. My main complaint with this story is how heavily it leaned on heteronormative stereotypes. Sarah and Miles do not deter one whit from them, which made them feel shallow and made the novel feel like a morality play for restrictive gender roles rather than a real story. Miles Ryan is the protagonist, the male love interest, the lead. I hate to call him a hero. He's a tortured soul because he's a single dad whose wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years' earlier. He works long hours as a deputy for the sheriff's department. I imagine that we're supposed to admire him because he's a man's man, a silent protector type, given a soft edge by his love for his athletic young son. We know that his son is a properly masculine because he's doing poorly in school, as his father did before him. Miles carries a gun everywhere, likes dive bars, and thinks that shooting birds for amusement is a perfectly reasonable thing for "country" boys to do, as long as they're sparrows rather than owls. He drinks and smokes, but denies the latter and excuses the former because he was so broken up over his wife's death. His wife, Missy, was beautiful, but of course you knew that, because how would we admire a male love interest who ever lowered himself to marry someone merely pretty. She was also flawlessly feminine. She liked flowers and felt "completely fulfilled" as a stay-at-home mother. This bugged the shit out of me. Even women who really take to that life don't feel "completely fulfilled" at it. That's like wishful thinking on the man's part, and this kind of guilt-trip garbage people foist on women. Like, if you were a proper woman, you'd be fulfilled wiping jam off the duvet cover and cleaning puke out of the carpet and answering "why" for the 19th time in 20 minutes. That's the line of a man who refuses to allow his wife to feel any negative emotions whatsoever. But he's a good dad, so there's that. Probably a crappy husband though. Their last fight was when she asked him to mow the lawn before company came over, and he went fishing instead. Wife-as-manager. And then he felt guilty because she did it instead, and then got defensive. I guess the reader is supposed to feel like "oh, yeah, that's the fight me and my spouse have a lot" but I just thought "what a selfish tool." So Miles and Sarah meet because Sarah is the teacher for Miles' son, Jonah. And Jonah is a couple of years' behind in school so Sarah is going to tutor him to catch up. Jonah is "smart" so they think he can catch up with just a few months' of tutoring, which makes me think the school district standards must be pretty lax, but whatever. Meet cute. It works. So they alternate tutoring and spend time with each other doing such stupendously fun things as "watching small boys play soccer" and engaging in bland and floundering attempts to flirt. I thought "God, these people are boring." Sarah, of course, is also flawlessly feminine. Oh, she has one small flaw--she can't get pregnant. She was divorced by her former husband for that fact, and she engages in a lot of hand-wringing about it. Oh, oh, oh, poor her, poor lass, who will ever love a 27-year-old skinny, childless, pretty blonde (of course she's blonde, did you even have to ask?) woman who is so very happy caring for children, so very fulfilled and never frustrated with the stereotypically feminine/care giving profession of schoolteacher? She's like a walking catfish. If she can't get a date, she ain't trying. The only flaw she has is that she's dreadfully dull, which makes her a perfect match for Miles, the equally dull. Missy's hobby was jogging. Sarah's is walking. Guess Miles wanted a woman who was just like his wife, but wasn't as "fast" ha ha. But seriously, she's as deep as a blow-up doll. Miles and Sarah's courtship rolls along at a respectable speed until we get to the point where Miles realizes he's in love with Sarah and wants to ask her to marry him. But all along the way, Miles is still tortured by his endless quest to find who really killed his wife. He has a folder of two years' of research, which he broods over on occasion. He also harbors a deep enmity with a couple of ne'er do wells in town. The one he hates more is "Otis." When Miles and Otis see each other, they growl and paw the ground and Otis twirls his mustache. Not really, but pretty much. Then Miles gets some information from an entirely unreliable source (a drunk guy out on probation who desperately wants to stay out of jail) that Otis was the one who killed Missy. Miles, being both violent and stupid, responds to it the way any emotionally stunted, over-privileged man convinced of his moral superiority might--he drives out to Otis' family compound, points a gun at Otis' head and basically treats him like he's LAPD and the guy is Rodney King. This is the point at which we learn the real identity of the "killer," which is to say, the one driving the car when Missy was hit. Everyone in this novel only gets one (or fewer) traits, and the driver's trait is "guilty and ashamed." This accident is the turning point of the driver's life, and he didn't turn himself in and now it's been two years and he's consumed with remorse. By now, Miles has gone rogue and is utterly convinced that his life-long enemy is also conveniently the one who killed his wife, and he gets himself suspended. But they're looking into Otis again, so the driver of the car decides it's important to turn himself in. He tells Sarah, and they, unwisely, tell Miles. I say "unwisely" because it's clear to everyone that Miles is a barely-civilized violent asshole. I had heard a rumor that Nicholas Sparks books often end tragically, and I got my hopes up that Miles would snap and start killing people, maybe ending with himself. Because then at least he would suffer a little more, which would make me feel better not the least of which it would give him a little more depth. Miles is furious, accuses Sarah of all kinds of ridiculous things. Basically, Miles feels as though Missy's death was a personal attack against him. Seen from an anthropological perspective, it makes sense. Missy was his property, his property was taken, for the sake of his honor he has to enact violent retribution against the one who did it. His ending speech is all about himself. "She was MY wife. MY wife was taken from ME. You hurt ME and MY child." He cannot accept it is an accident. That doesn't fit into his dickswagger/testosterone poisoning/antler-dance/male posturing worldview. If the driver had been an old lady, the story would have fallen apart. He confronts the one who did it with a gun and there's universal expectation all around that the expectation is that he'll murder the driver. Because hey, that's what you do, right? If YOUR wife dies in a car accident, you clearly have to murder the driver, because otherwise the other apes will think you're weak. When he finds out a dog was partially responsible, he hunts down and considers killing the dog, except that in that particular culture, dogs rank just under white men and slightly above male children in status. It's not that his behavior was unexpected, it's that it's so typical of the kind of backwards barbaric culture I despise that I kept rooting for Miles to die horribly by his own hand after his family was murdered in front of him. I wanted to chortle wickedly when his world collapsed because of his own foolish pride + inability to maturely handle negative emotions. Hey, a girl can dream, right? And then later on Sarah and Miles get together after all, which made me slap my face against my palm. But, it was easy to remember she wasn't a real person, because she had no personality. But if she'd had enough depth to make me believe she was a real person, I'd be furious. He violently abuses suspects with no evidence and breaks the law, yet never once questions that he's in the right, even when his best friend throws it in his face. These are the kind of people who commit genocide. The kind of guy who goes on a killing vendetta based on the flimsiest of evidence, the kind of guy who has a gun hidden in case the cops take his others, the kind of guy who demands blood justice for a fucking car accident is not the kind of guy you want to be alone with, even if he does look good with his shirt off. Marry him? Might as well tattoo the number for the domestic violence hotline on your arm, sister. You're gonna need it. And of course Miles never ever forgives the driver, because that would take emotional maturity, which apparently real men don't have. He and Sarah get married and it's twue wuve happy ever after. I started out giving this two stars, but it's really one and a half. I did want to find out what happened, so the plot was fun, but the characters were cardboard and the only one who had a personality had a despicable one. The writing is kind of simplistic. Sparks repeats anything you may not have picked up on the first time, so it's good for people who want something very easy to read. Hey, sometimes you want that. I think a lot of people like that, otherwise why would Sparks be so popular? There isn't a lot of smut either, though I think the romance was kind of bland. It just plodded along. Even the meet cute was a bit meh. I can't say I recommend it. I kept waiting for it to redeem itself, but it never got really good. It was more like a train wreck where we were expected to root for the bad guy. He's not even a fun psychopath, like Hannibal Lecter, he's just a garden variety, boring as dirt, dumbfuck, redneck, wife-beating, get-my-buddy-the-cop-to-cover-it-up psychopath. I bet the sequel to this is when Miles hunts Sarah down and kills her because Iago told him Sarah was cheating on Miles. You already know Miles doesn't need evidence. It's hard to get less romantic than that.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kereesa

    A Bend in the Road is about the intersecting lives of Miles Ryan, one of the town's deputies who's lost his wife in a hit and run accident about two years and is now raising his only son Jonah, and Jonah's teacher and recently divorcee Sarah Andrews. Obviously they fall in love, and obstacles, this would be where the 'bend' in the road occurs, fall in their way in this tale of forgiveness and romance. *gag* Right, so I was recommended this book by my co-worker who I made read the Hunger Games, and A Bend in the Road is about the intersecting lives of Miles Ryan, one of the town's deputies who's lost his wife in a hit and run accident about two years and is now raising his only son Jonah, and Jonah's teacher and recently divorcee Sarah Andrews. Obviously they fall in love, and obstacles, this would be where the 'bend' in the road occurs, fall in their way in this tale of forgiveness and romance. *gag* Right, so I was recommended this book by my co-worker who I made read the Hunger Games, and wanted to see what I'd think of a book she really liked. Well. So the book isn't absolutely terrible. The romance is overthetop cheesy, the writing makes me die, and I just didn't care throughout the whole thing. But there were moments where I was entranced, and I liked the book to some degree. I won't be reading anything else by Sparks, probably, but hey it was fun. For entertainment purposes only, here are two things that I noticed were a bit abundant throughout the novel: A. Everyone smells everyone's hair. Especially Jonah's. SURPRISINGLY they all smell like SHAMPOO. Who'd thunk it? Also, that's kind of weird, shampoo shouldn't be that strong, I think anyway. B. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. IN. THIS. DAMN. BOOK. RUNS. THEIR. FINGERS. THROUGH. THEIR. HAIR. Seriously! Miles is the worst at it, I can't count the number of times he 'runs his fingers through his hair' and it fluffed up or something like that. I started imagining him with an afro just to get through those parts. I know characters have ticks, bitting their nails, etc... but, and my creative writing prof has told me this SO MANY TIMES, there's a limit. Please. Please. PLEASEFORTHELOVEOFGOD. Don't go over it. So the story by itself isn't too shabby a piece of work. It pretty much follows the usual romance formula of getting together, evil story element involving past breaking them apart, and then forgiveness, etc... There's a good amount of mystery, and while it's pretty much predictable, it keeps the story flowing. The one thing that did bother me about the plot (and this has to do with the romance as well) is the fact it wasn't a harlequin novel. I know, I usually rant about things that are too harlequin standard plot, but I felt there was a definite lack of a certain event that usual occurs in a harlequin. Yes, people, I'm talking about the sex scene. Maybe I should be a bit more specific. Yes, there was a sex scene in this novel, just like there was a sex scene in Breaking Dawn. Both of them sadly play that fade to black thing, and well..it kinda sucks. Cuz you know sex scenes are kinda fun to read, and also the reason why I read adult romances. :P Ha. No, but seriously having that fade to black thing was a bit of a letdown for me. The whole romance in particular was actually kind of a letdown, not only because it was kind of cheesy and had lots of mushy stuff and more of that OMGSOHOT moments, but because the author kind of paints their relationship sort of saint like. The best example of this is that they pretty much tell each other they love each other before they ever kiss. Seriously? I think I've read more riskay stuff in YA novels. I'm an adult, I'm pretty sure I can handle a little lust. Please don't belittle me by making a romance seem so perfect. Relationships aren't like that, because people aren't like that, so don't take the time to make this a I'VE FOUND MY SOUL MATE, NOW WE CAN LIVE FOREVER AND EVER TWILIGHT STYLE. It isn't real. And I don't like it. The writing, as I've mentioned, is perhaps in addition to the romance one of the worst things about this book. So most of the book is written in 3rd person and changes between characters, which isn't bad. At best it's decent, as they're nothing really special about it, and most of it is riddled with cliches. But it works, and keeps the story going, so I can't really condemn it. While I didn't care for the writing, I have to admit that it wasn't the 3rd person that drove me nuts, but the 1st person infrequent chapters told from the point of view of the hit and runner. *Sigh* This is going to sound very very mean, but the 1st person writing really was some of the worst I'd ever read. I think I wrote better stuff when I was 13 or so. I don't know what it was, I can't pinpoint what I felt was wrong with it, but it was just awkward, and urk. I can't explain it, but as soon as I started to read it, I wanted to run away from the book as fast as I could. Odd, I know, but an utter turn off for me. All in all, A Bend in the Road isn't a bad book. There's a good enough plot, and plenty to entertain. It's not, however, a great, or even possibly a good book. The romance is just lame, the writing is barely decent, and it makes me wonder why and how Sparks makes a living off this stuff. Then, again, A Shore Thing was a NY Bestseller, so go figure. 1.5-2/5

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    What does a man do when the love of his life is killed by a hit and run driver while jogging? And this love of his life is not only his childhood sweetheart, but also his wife and mother of his son, Jonah. Sheriff Miles Ryan felt he died the night his wife Missy was fatally struck, but was determined to find her killer and spent the next two years focused on investigating every lead. While Miles immersed himself with his search, seven-year-old Jonah suffered. He missed not only his mother, but al What does a man do when the love of his life is killed by a hit and run driver while jogging? And this love of his life is not only his childhood sweetheart, but also his wife and mother of his son, Jonah. Sheriff Miles Ryan felt he died the night his wife Missy was fatally struck, but was determined to find her killer and spent the next two years focused on investigating every lead. While Miles immersed himself with his search, seven-year-old Jonah suffered. He missed not only his mother, but also his father's attention, causing his school work to suffer. Sarah Andrews, Jonah's teacher, decided to step in to set things right by suggesting Jonah needed tutoring and to her astonishment offered to help him after school, which she wouldn't normally do. She develops a fondness for Jonah and feels an attraction to the handsome sheriff, whom she starts dating. Before long she realizes she is falling in love with Miles, though she knows a relationship is unlikely for he is still in love with his dead wife. But Miles is surprised to find himself falling for Sarah and plans to spend the rest of his life with her. One night while on patrol, Miles arrests a local for drunk driving. Because this man is on parole, knowing he'll be sent back to jail, he tells Miles he knows who killed Missy, but won't impart that information unless Miles lets him off. Though it was wrong, but needing to know the truth about Missy's death, Miles goes against the rules to get this information. Only thing, the information is wrong and Miles goes after the wrong man--a man who has been a thorn in his side for years. While Miles is seeking vengeance, Sarah learns the truth and realizes she must tell him, but knows that by doing so would kill any chance for them. Sick at heart, she does the right thing, and Miles, feeling betrayed lashes out terminating their relationship. Mr. Sparks grabs the reader's emotions, enabling them to feel his characters' pain. This is a story that sticks long after the last page.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wee!wawaLAA!!!

    Mmmm, haven't read Nicholas Sparks's books in a little while. This was pretty good, sure. So there's a bunch of rivalry going on in this tiny city. Sarah-I think that's her name-had just come for a couple months, as a school teacher and meets this kid Jonas. He's kinda falling behind-no not dumb-but was not pushed to doing work and stuff. And it was because his mom had died, so from pity, teachers passed him despite his lack of education. So yes. A parent-teacher conference is needed. And yes. Once a Mmmm, haven't read Nicholas Sparks's books in a little while. This was pretty good, sure. So there's a bunch of rivalry going on in this tiny city. Sarah-I think that's her name-had just come for a couple months, as a school teacher and meets this kid Jonas. He's kinda falling behind-no not dumb-but was not pushed to doing work and stuff. And it was because his mom had died, so from pity, teachers passed him despite his lack of education. So yes. A parent-teacher conference is needed. And yes. Once again, some romance starts between the two, only Miles-Jonas's father-is feeling a bit weird, thinking that he should not be dating after the love of his life died. Blapahdiblah. Just like all of his other books, they fall in love. But when Miles tries to avenge his wife's death, he goes totally balistics, and seriously breaks practically every law. By arresting his rival. I guess that would be a suffice presumption, only he didn't have any proof. But really the answer is really sketchy and totally unbelievable. I liked that part though, so like yeaa. :] But clue here: The answer is related to his new love, Sarah. I know... Oh. My. Gee. Some love life, huh?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    There are some authors that are "go-to" for me. When I am in need of a quick read, not mindless but neither exceedingly deep, I turn to Nicholas Sparks. I know when I pick up one of his books, I will leave satisfied.This one was no exception. Miles Ryan has been struggling over the past two years to find his footing in life after his wife Missy was killed in a hit and run. Just how disconnected he has been is brought home when he finds out how badly his son Jonah is doing in school. Determined There are some authors that are "go-to" for me. When I am in need of a quick read, not mindless but neither exceedingly deep, I turn to Nicholas Sparks. I know when I pick up one of his books, I will leave satisfied.This one was no exception. Miles Ryan has been struggling over the past two years to find his footing in life after his wife Missy was killed in a hit and run. Just how disconnected he has been is brought home when he finds out how badly his son Jonah is doing in school. Determined to move forward and do right by his son,Miles is drawn to Jonah's teacher, Sarah. After some fits and starts, they draw closer and fall in love. But life's path is full of twists and turns and ugliness will rear it's head. But no matter how imperfect we are, our capacity to love and forgive is great. As much a mystery as a romance,I liked that the driver in the accident had a voice. It wasn't difficult to figure out who it was, and I was left to puzzle how the romance would fare when the perpetrator was finally revealed. And as always, I enjoy reading books centered in my adopted home state of North Carolina. So, I have had my fix and am ready to move on. Thanks, Nick.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Nicholas Sparks does it again with A Bend in the Road. This book is about a police sheriff named Miles Ryan, who lost his wife Missy in a hit and run car accident three years ago. He has a seven-year-old son named Jonah, who has been suffering nightmares ever since the incident. One afternoon Miles has to go see Jonah's teacher for a parent-teacher conference. Jonah's teacher is the sweet and of course single Sarah Andrews who has recently gone through a heart-breaking divorce. They hit if off a Nicholas Sparks does it again with A Bend in the Road. This book is about a police sheriff named Miles Ryan, who lost his wife Missy in a hit and run car accident three years ago. He has a seven-year-old son named Jonah, who has been suffering nightmares ever since the incident. One afternoon Miles has to go see Jonah's teacher for a parent-teacher conference. Jonah's teacher is the sweet and of course single Sarah Andrews who has recently gone through a heart-breaking divorce. They hit if off and soon they are falling in love. I enjoyed A Bend in the Road. Although it was like a typical romance novel - fluffy, sweet, and has characters that are characterized entirely by their past heartbreak, it was still a good book. Sparks writing style doesn't utilize overly excessive romance terms, and is concise and to the point. The mystery was actually intriguing and the development of Jonah was cute. I just wish it was a little more original.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Harish Challapalli

    Finally!! This is the kind of book I wanted from Mr. Sparks!! The difference between this and his other books (I read til date) is all books started peacefully and ended with tragedy but here it is vice versa!! The emotional bondage between the lead characters during their different times was narrated so touchingly!! And yeah there is always the sparks kind of romance which is always a worth read!! The death of his wife and the repercussions were narrated in a wonderful way!! The pinch of sentime Finally!! This is the kind of book I wanted from Mr. Sparks!! The difference between this and his other books (I read til date) is all books started peacefully and ended with tragedy but here it is vice versa!! The emotional bondage between the lead characters during their different times was narrated so touchingly!! And yeah there is always the sparks kind of romance which is always a worth read!! The death of his wife and the repercussions were narrated in a wonderful way!! The pinch of sentiment, as usual in sparks' books, is a bit on higher note yet it is required for this subject!! This plot is a mixed narration, sometimes first person and sometimes third person!! The relation of the third person with the leads will be revealed slowly once the plot begins to thicken!! On the whole this is a different kind of work , narration wise!! A worth read and definitely a page turner!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharath

    I was in mood for some Romance novel.. Not a feel good fluffy kind of romance which Kasie West writes. This time for some serious shit. Notable name sparked was Mr.Sparks... Heard a lot about his novels and movies and uncertain about when and through which of his work I would get into his whirlwind. And it happened in the middle of Bent Road.. Yes, this is a love story with a tinge of mystery mixed in (if that is considered a mystery). Though characters were bleak and non-attachable, story was not s I was in mood for some Romance novel.. Not a feel good fluffy kind of romance which Kasie West writes. This time for some serious shit. Notable name sparked was Mr.Sparks... Heard a lot about his novels and movies and uncertain about when and through which of his work I would get into his whirlwind. And it happened in the middle of Bent Road.. Yes, this is a love story with a tinge of mystery mixed in (if that is considered a mystery). Though characters were bleak and non-attachable, story was not so bad. Though you know what happens in next scene, you couldn't help to wonder how it happens and to which degree it escalates.. Yaaaaaa... Get through your past and move on.. Except it's easier said than done.. I donno.. A decent start for me perhaps..

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dem

    Review to follow.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Miss Kim

    Offically dumped. My love affair is over. Whatever, Mr. Sparks.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This story was somewhat predictable, but enjoyable. 🙂

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm a Sparks fan so I wanted to love "A Bend in the Road" from the get-go and although I really enjoyed the first half, the second half felt that much more hollow because of the richness of the first half. IMHO, here are my random thoughts: Brian's character needed to be more fleshed out....I found myself feeling somewhere between loathsome and pity for him and not because we got to know him as a real person, but strictly because of his actions explained from Missy's death forward. As this was t I'm a Sparks fan so I wanted to love "A Bend in the Road" from the get-go and although I really enjoyed the first half, the second half felt that much more hollow because of the richness of the first half. IMHO, here are my random thoughts: Brian's character needed to be more fleshed out....I found myself feeling somewhere between loathsome and pity for him and not because we got to know him as a real person, but strictly because of his actions explained from Missy's death forward. As this was the "big twist" of the book (which I figured out half way through anyhow), I really desired to know more about what drove Brian to react to the accident the way he did. Running off at the scene was completely believable, but stalking the family for a year while hiding in trees, carrying binoculars, watching Miles' son Jonah play at school, and then saying nothing for two years? A bit creepy to me? He obviously needed some serious therapy and there wasn't the slightest nod to this, just fast forward a decade and he's happily married, saving lives in the ER, and just like that he's healthy, healed, and hopeful for the future? A bit hard for me to buy into without more explanation of his journey toward healing, departing from his stalking days, and what the hell was he like before he accidentally killed Missy (saying he was shy and introverted fell short, way short)? So aside from that, I adored Sarah and Jonah and even Sarah's annoying mother. Miles was easy to fall in love with until his rage took over a long three years after his wife's death and meeting the second love of his life - again difficult for me to buy into after seeing his actions begin to reflect a sense of letting go and moving on for himself and his son in the first half of the book. He too obviously needed some serious therapy (obsessing over Missy's supposed "killer" as an almost nightly ritual) and not once did he apologize to Sarah for jumping the gun (no pun intended) accusing her of deceit after all of the tender moments and self-truths they shared. I wanted to smack him upside the head....lol. The brief ending of Sarah seeing Miles return to her, thank God, helped to uplift my waning enthusiasm somewhat in end. But even then, I wanted to see some sort of final dialogue between these two main characters to show that Miles was able to come to the realization that as he lost his wife (Missy), Sarah too, in a way lost someone irrevocably, her brother's innocence coupled with a forever tarnished future for both her brother and herself, knowing that Miles' loss was caused by someone she deeply loved.

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