Written By: Nicholas Sparks

Narrated By: Will Collyer, Mela Lee

Date: September 2021

Duration: 11 hours 42 minutes


From the author of The Longest Ride and The Return comes a novel about the enduring legacy of first love, and the decisions that haunt us forever.
1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she met Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce showed her how much there was to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduced her to photography, a passion that would define the rest of her life.

By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.

As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.


  • Anita L.

    So good!! Loved the journey that brought both smiles and tears. Narration was well done. Totally recommend this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Great read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent story!

  • Msmar1

    It was one of the best stores I have read. I hilly recommend everyone should read it. MS

  • Jess B.

    Nicholas Sparks always pulls at the heartstrings

  • Barbara S.

    Great read!!!!!! Narrators excellent!! Highly recommend

  • Anonymous

    I love Nicholas Sparks, the best author in my opinion. This book hit close to home for me.

  • Wanda H.

    Emotional story! Kept the pages turning! Seemed realistic for the most part!

  • Britten E.

    Cute story. A bit predictable towards the end. I find the narrator hard to listen to. She sounds like an older woman pretending to speak in a baby voice. No other complaints.

  • Brittany B.

    A pretty decent listen. The ending had a twist I didn’t see coming!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome book! Nicholas, as usual, leaves me crying, at the end.

  • Anonymous

    One of Sparks best stories yet.

  • Nichole M.

    Beautiful story, heartbreaking but leaves you speechless!

  • Carolynne K.

    I LOVED this book. At the beginning when Nicholas Sparks says it might be his best book ever. I thought oh my, that is huge… such a wonderful book. I might have to agree Mr Sparks

  • Alison R.

    We’ll written but incredibly sad.

  • Patricia Drewnowska

    really great book but made me cry a lot

  • Bonnie

    One of the best audio book’s I’ve ever listened to! It is definitely a tear jerker and I don’t cry easily

  • Jill J.

    Love this book! Nicholas sparks did not disappoint!

  • Anonymous

    Great story! Loved the entire book!

  • Anonymous

    It was promised as a tear jerker and came through. I don’t normally listen to these kinds of books but I absolutely couldn’t stop listening to it!!!

  • Janet G.

    Not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. I might not have chosen this book had it not been set near where I live. I’m so glad I did choose it! While I thought he got a little preachy in parts, overall I loved the story and the characters. Keep a box of tissues close by! The narrators fit the characters perfectly.

  • Patty

    Loved this book

  • Pam M.

    My husband and I listened in the car and we both enjoyed it very much. I really likes the voices and the characters were very realistic

  • Connie S.

    I loved this sweet, heartbreaking love story. I fell in love with Maggie’s son Mark. Will’s voice was perfect for this character.

  • Nancy K.

    I really enjoyed this sweet & beautiful story. The narration was so good that I could really visualize these wonderful characters. The only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating is because I found the story to be a too predictable. I prefer more of a twist & I was able to predict the ending. But all in all, I totally enjoyed listening to this story & I fell in love with the characters.

  • KristenLeigh

    It was a good book, always love Nicholas Sparks. I figured out the plot twists (and I’m not one to usually do that) so it was a little bland for me. Great narration though!

  • JoAnne D.

    Felt like I was a part of the journey.. emotionally charged.. laughter and tears..Narration was fantastic!!!

  • Karen H.

    I started to listen to this book and felt disappointed. I couldn’t identify with the narrators and wondered why we were taken back and forth to the present character(Maggie) and her teenage self. Patience is a virtue! I continued to listen and soon felt a part of this sad, yet beautiful story. I loved this book and I just finished listening to it, I already miss the characters. Beautiful story.

  • Glynette S.

    Beautiful story, lots of tears.

  • Anonymous

    This book is beautifully written and narrated wonderfully. Listening covers all emotions. Moments where I smiled, moments when I was sad, moments where I had to continue listening, moments where I teared up, moments where I was surprised. One of the best ones by far..

  • Shyree R.

    This book was a great book!! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it


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