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True Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  62,954 Ratings  ·  2,354 Reviews
Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate New Yorker: handsome, almost always dressed in black, and part of the media elite. An expert on debunking the supernatural with a regular column in "Scientific American," he's just made his first appearance on national TV. When he receives a letter from the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights that appear in a legend-s ...more
Paperback, 465 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2003)
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Apr 19, 2010 valee rated it liked it
Shelves: cont-romance
This was my first Sparks' book and I really liked it. I'm so glad I finally read one of his books.

I must admit that the firs half of the book was really slow, I was wondering the whole time why was I reading it. That's the reason why I'm giving just 3 stars, and I almost gave 4, because then things got really good between the two characters and the ending was great.

An important fact is that this book does have a HEA! I must clarify this because Spark is known for his tragic endings, but this is
Alison Millwater
Jan 25, 2008 Alison Millwater rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I generally like Nicholas Sparks novels. Reading his books are generally pleasing...I don't believe any I've read are masterpieces or anything, but they've all been at least "okay."

This one, however, was a letdown. True Believer has to be his weakest book. It didn't draw me in like his other work. I didn't care much about the characters, and the story, I thought, was quite dull. It's been a while since I read it, so I can't remember specifics, but my general feeling was that it was poorly writte
Aug 23, 2008 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I do enjoy a good ghost story, and I liked the storyline surrounding Jeremy Marsh trying to debunk the town's belief that there are "real" ghosts in their cemetery. But, I found that the storyline surrounding the impending romance between Jeremy and Lexie extremely annoying. Their conversations consisted mainly of irritating banter which I found difficult to believe. I didn't find either of those characters endearing, at least during those segments of the book. I did finish it - I had to find ou
Mar 13, 2009 Charly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
My first exposure to Nicholas Sparks. A very pleasing experience. He kept a gentle mix of mystery, romance, jelousy and intrigue within the context of his story. I found the style to be easy to follow.
Apr 28, 2009 Lanette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. There are so many things wrong with this book, I don't even know where to begin. Someone needs to tell Mr. Sparks that self-respecting women don't sleep with a man after knowing him for only 2 days. (And no man I know is physically capable of "making love all night.") Like most of his other books, this one was completely predictable. The difference is that the characters in this one were pathetic. Lexie is a whining snot. Jeremy is a womanizer and I'm expected to believe he suddenly sees th ...more
Aug 04, 2009 Julia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even for my throw-away books, I have SOME standards. I call it my "popcorn for the brain" genre because they are usually fluffy and without substance. I somewhat enjoyed The Notebook, so I thought that this would be an ok bet. However, this book disappoints - even on the popcorn level.

The story was 100% predictable from the beginning so reading it wasn't the least bit exciting. I know it's supposed to be a romantic book but the so-called "tension" did not come across well in the book. It just fe
Dec 19, 2007 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: self-inducing a coma
Horrible. I had to force myself to finish it. I feel like reading this book robbed me of time I will never get back. I loved The Notebook, but absolutely hated this story.
Feb 24, 2015 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Picked this up at a consignment shop. I was familiar with some of Sparks' other books which have been adapted into films, but had never read anything by him.

This was okay. Sparks has a talent for creating interesting and substantial characters (at least when they're not being annoyingly silly), and the writing is fine.

The story here isn't bad, either...or at least not all bad. Unfortunately, certain elements border on sappy-you-got-to-be-kidding-me. ***News Flash*** Intelligent women don't find
Stephanie E
Dec 24, 2007 Stephanie E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cape Fisherman
Oct 11, 2012 Cape Fisherman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
More appropriately titled: "True Velveeta", this novel oozed cheese from every page. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a quick, light read of Nicky's work, but he over-cheddar'd this one. "Should I go, should I not, should I, should I not...." The main character painfully analyzes each and every decision he makes, from ordering a latte to chasing after a southern belle. There is a sequel to this one, but barring an unexpected plot twist involving mushrooms and midgets, it may be awhile before I pick i ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Mayu marked it as descartados  ·  review of another edition
Quería leer esta bilogía hasta que descubrí que Nicholas mataba a su personaje principal, Lexie, y encima, tildándola de infiel, mala, mentirosa, y otras perlitas. Me parece horrible que le hiciera ESO a un personaje como Lexie, que es todo bondad. Encima, siempre debe morirse alguien. Y por lo general, las mujeres se llevan la palma. Pero Jeremy tiene suerte, su mujer se muere y él forma una familia feliz con otra mujer. Sí, porque los hombres deben ser afortunados y las mujeres deben morirse. ...more
وردٌ شاميّ
يسعني القول أن الرواية ممتعة ومكتوبة بإتقان وواقعية، وأنها كمثيلاتها من الروايات المترجمة تعطي فكرة مهمة عن المجتمع الذي تدور فيه، وأعني هنا بحثها في العلاقة بين ولايات الشمال والجنوب الأميركي، إضافة إلى التفاصيل الصغيرة والانطباعات التي تزود بها القارئ عن الشخصيات والأماكن وطرق العيش والتعامل وغير ذلك مما يسر المرءَ تلقيه في قالب روائي.
لكن في ما عدا ذلك، ليس في الرواية شيء غير عادي، إنها مجرد رواية رومانسية مكتوبة بجهد، ولا تحمل في طياتها أكثر مما يدور في فلكه هذا النمط، ربما يُحسب لها أنها تطر
Feb 04, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads, chick-lit
Before last week, I was a 22 year old girl who had never read a Nicholas Sparks novel or, for that matter, seen one of the movie adaptations of his books. I know! People criticized me for it, and I almost felt like my woman card was going to be revoked or something. To remedy the situation, I bought a huge stack of his work last summer (they were cheap garage-sale finds!), and almost a full year later, I actually sat down to read one.

Jeremy Marsh is a science journalist who gets his kicks expos
Aug 15, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In TRUE BELIEVER, journalist Jeremy Marsh spends his time debunking the supernatural. He has just finished exposing a fake television psychic, proving that the man was not able to read people's minds or see into their pasts. When he hears about a phenomenon happening in the small town of Boone Creek in North Carolina, where ghosts are seen inhabiting a local cemetery, Jeremy knows he will be able to find the truth behind the lights that are seen glimmering on certain nights above the cemetery gr ...more
Jul 16, 2008 Karin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book lost me at the sentence, "he breathed her name like a prayer." That would never happen in real life. And if it did happen it would be creeptastic.
Nov 02, 2010 Mitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Nicholas Sparks sure knows how to cook up a love a story! Although I don't think this is as good as the other Sparks books I read so far (Dear John, A Walk To Remember, and At First Sight), I still think it is pretty decent.

Jeremy Marsh is a big-city sceptic who writes for a scientific magazine, uncovering the truth behind psychics, ghosts, and legends. He is sent from New York City to the isolated small town known as Boone Creek to uncover the mystery of strange ghost lights that appear in
Mar 22, 2013 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In True Believer, by Nicholas Sparks, Jeremy Marsh wants to prove that there are no such things as miracles, but a small town Southern sweetheart, Lexie Darnell, gives him reason to believe otherwise, so he takes a chance, and lets himself see what miracles the world has to offer. True Believer takes place in the present day, in Boone Creek, North Carolina. Boone Creek is a town as quiet as a whisper, where few exciting things occur. The population of Boone Creek is miniscule, and most of the pe ...more
Sep 03, 2010 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Nicholas Sparks books for years. That being said, I had to give this book 3 stars for one reason only. I actually did like the book, I thought it was a great story, it was well-written as always, and it kept me wanting to see what was going to happen next. A little predictable at times, but you have to expect that from a writer whose style you have memorized. He really illustrates the settings, and pulls you into the romance of it all; tears were shed on the pages! However, ...more
Debbie Cordes
I first read this years ago and chose to re-read it because I am going to read the second book 'At First Sight'.
I'm not giving it a five because I feel some parts of the book dragged on a bit especially the beginning. I wasn't drawn in as much as I usually am from his books. I didn't feel a strong connection with the characters and parts of it was slow.
But I still thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the second book.
I enjoyed seeing Jeremy and Lexie fall in love and finally
Dana Gardi
Solid 3.5 stars

In the end it did what I want in Nicholas Sparks books and that's to make me smile.
I started this book twice before and I could only ever continue beyond the first couple chapters (this was my third time and my last try to get into it). The first 100 pages were really hard for me to get into because it deals with a lot of science elements that I'm personally not a fan of. When Jeremy meets Lexie it starts to pick up and (like most Nicholas Sparks books) it became really addicting.
Jan 13, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sparks
I have read all the other books by Nicholas Sparks besdies Three Weeks with my brother,and this book does not disappoint. Jeremy Marsh is a thirty something media journalist who resides in New York. In addition to writing stories he travels to New Bern Carolina to cover a story on ghostly lights that appear appears to be legend. Lexi is the woman is the southern woman he meets, while invesitgating the ghostly lights, he has to make a decision that would change his wife. Unlike many other books b ...more
Glendy Morrison
Just like most of Nicholas Sparks books, this one was a good story of love. The story kind of took some time to get to a good spot and it wasn't sad as other books. I found myself fighting with the female character a lot and on the male character side which was weird for me. But it was a good read and interesting story.
Oct 30, 2015 Weng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5.0 stars

True Believer is the last Nicholas Sparks romance fiction novel I've read and I'm relieved that nobody died(yet) so then, Sparks and I can part in good terms because I have sworn off his books for good. On the bright side, I might still watch his movies on occasion, maybe.

So long, Mr. Sparks. Goodbye. Farewell. I bid you adieu.

Feb 23, 2008 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Bacon
Jan 16, 2016 Laura Bacon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Believer: The Love Story to Melt Your Heart
Nicholas Sparks is a bestselling author, and he did not disappoint with this one. You will not want to put the book down until you read every last word. I have read most of Sparks’s work, and this is one of may favorite stories of his.
The story is told from many different perspectives, but it was mainly told from Jeremy Marsh and Lexie Darnell. Jeremy is a reporter who debunks the supernatural. He arrives in small town Boone Creek to prove that t
Nov 10, 2014 René rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Agh, this book! My grandma gave me this to read, but even she was like, um, yeah, it's kind of lame, so read at your own risk. So, she did warn me, so this is all my fault.

I think my problem is that I don't appreciate love stories where the woman gets to act like a raging b*tch because she's been hurt in the past, but the man is supposed to chase after her, even after she pushes him away multiple times. Lexie, our female lead, irritated me because that was all she did. She'd been hurt in the pas
Feb 13, 2016 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't much like this author. His books are like modern-day fairytales, which are completely unbelievable and you must suspend all pretenses of reality. The book is all about courtship, but not about the realities of the day-to-day relationship. This one takes place in a fictional small North Carolina town. A hotshot science writer from New York City flies to North Carolina to disprove a legend about mysterious lights in an old cemetery. The famous writer meets a small town librarian and it is ...more
C.R. Sedore
This by far was a disappointment. I usually like or even love Nicholas Sparks books. I won't be buying the second.

I felt that the beginning dragged on and was very slow. The story was hard to grasp because I was bored and couldn't feel connected to his characters.

Half way through the dialogue picked up and some interesting secrets were revealed. My attention became intent to finish the book. There wasn't a tragic ending in this book that I look forward to by Nicholas.

The love story between
Apr 16, 2016 Nirit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
סיפור עם פוטנציאל שלא התפתח לשום מקום. זה היה אמור להיות סיפור אהבה שמעורב בו קצת מיסתורין. בפועל לא היה בספר שום מיסתורין וגם סיפור האהבה היה כתוב בצורה די גרועה. ספר חלש.
Diana Barbosa
Aug 20, 2014 Diana Barbosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-de-2014
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