Review: A BEND IN THE ROAD by Nicholas Sparks

TITLE: A Bend in the Road
AUTHOR: Nicholas Sparks
GENRE: Adult, Romance
PUBLISHED: April 1st 2005 - Grand Central Publishing


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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 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.
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.


It was difficult to keep reading. The whole book was incredibly emotional. It was hard to deal with the emotion he put out in this story. They seemed real and true, but nonetheless hard to swallow. I had to take it in small bites.

This is the story of a deputy, Miles Ryan, who’s lost his wife in a hit and run. The grief that pours out of him is heart breaking. He meets with his son’s teacher to talk about the boy’s grades, and they hit it off and obviously fall in love. Yummy. Things are going good till he gets a lead on the case of his wife’s killer. The emotions are raw and Miles is out of control. In an effort not to spoil, I’ll just say that the story twists around and will surprise you. I love the resolve. I loved everything about how the whole climax and resolution was solved. I would have written the same way, probably not as elegantly though!

One other thing I thought was fantastic about the story was the dual narrator. I loved trying to guess who started the narration. Half way through Sparks lets us find out the secondary narrator is the hit and run driver. I was especially touched by the description of the night of Missy’s death. How the feelings this person felt afterward and how they lived thereafter. It seemed real to me. Most stories make people like this seem heartless. Sparks seems to give his characters an extra boost of humanity –they feel deeply, therefore we feel deeply when we read this book. The story went back and forth from this first person narrative to omniscient, showing the story unfolding. It was interesting and fun with two separate narrative voices.


I rate this book at a 4: A Pretty Good Read. I know I just praised this book up and down and gave it a 4 at the same time. I don’t exactly know why. But I have to say the ending was my absolute favorite part… I’d give the several end paragraphs a full 5!!! It left me happy. The past few Sparks books I’ve read, I disliked the ending. I was fully ready to be disappointed in the ending. But he surprised me and gave me what I wanted in a totally beautiful way!