I already mentioned here before how I sometimes like reading novels by Nicholas Sparks. His book, The Best of Me, the latest that I have read, left me with what ifs…(just like the characters). I find it a little bit sad, honestly. I thought the characters somehow didn’t take their chance in love to the fullest when they had it. And it’s sadder when you realize that not everybody always gets a second chance. Truth in life is we make choices and we live with the repercussions. *Deep Long Sigh*
Anyway, surprisingly (or should I really be surprised?), Mr. Sparks carried on delivering successfully a very compelling story given this hard truth. I liked how the characters struggled to live with the aftermath of their decisions and tried hard to do the right thing. Sad and yet beautiful. That’s how I felt or thought about the book. I must say, it’s another delightful story of love and life, nonetheless.
“Instead, it had more to do with the sense that somehow she’d lost sight of the person she’d once meant to be, and she wasn’t sure she’d ever have the opportunity to find that person.”
“And almost always, those regrets led to the kinds of what if questions that could never be answered.”
“They weren’t happy. The otters knew they weren’t living in a real river. They probably didn’t understand how it happened, but they seemed to understand that they were in a cage and couldn’t get out. It wasn’t the life that they were meant to live, or even wanted to live, but there was nothing they could do to change it.”
(Notes: Excerpts and Photo from The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks)