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A Bend in the Road

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 18th 2001 by Warner Books (first published 2001)
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Lisa Lathrop Sure...Miles could have really gotten out of hand with his anger. It really got annoying..and especially his desire to kill almost anyone/anything. It…moreSure...Miles could have really gotten out of hand with his anger. It really got annoying..and especially his desire to kill almost anyone/anything. It got old. That being said, I suspect many people would act the same after having their wife and son's mother taken away too soon. I would have rather seen Miles take more than a few days break from Sarah....it would have been interesting to see it play out how he enjoyed Jonah's company again on their getaway. People need space to think and process these things. In my mind, Sparks could have added a chapter at least to allow us to see the healing process of Miles. (less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
A Bend in the Road, Nicholas Sparks
عنوان: در پیچ و خم جاده؛ نویسنده: نیکولاس (نیکلاس) اسپارکس؛ مترجم: نفیسه معتکف؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، لیوسا، 1381، در 460 ص، شابک: 9645634237؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 21 م
آغاز متن از کتاب: صبح روز 29 آگوست 1988، مایلز ریان که کمی بیش از دو سال از مرگ همسرش میگذشت، در ایوان پشتی خانه اش ایستاده بود و در حالی که 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
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M. M. Sana
Apr 26, 2007 M. M. Sana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Light Mystery/Drama Readers
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 ...more
Caroline
Feb 02, 2008 Caroline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trash-bin, fiction
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 ...more
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
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Alaine
Jan 04, 2009 Alaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Spark fans
Recommended to Alaine by: Annie Bucknall
Shelves: general-fiction
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 ...more
Ena Hasečić
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Svi znaju za Milesa i Missy. Srednjoškolska ljubav, divan brak i jedan sin, Jonah. No, jednog dana se sve mijenja. Miles ostaje udovac nakon što Missy pronalaze mrtvu pored obližnje ceste. Ne zna se ko je kriv za njenu smrt, a dvije godine nakon toga Miles još uvijek traga za krivcem. Jednog dana se u njegovom životu pojavljuje Sarah, Jonahom učiteljica i on polako kreće dalje... sve dok se ne pojave novi dokazi o počiniocu.

Roman je vrlo jednostavno pisan, ima svega nekoliko likova i radnju k
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Chipper
Jan 27, 2010 Chipper rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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S.
Oct 08, 2015 S. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, 2015
Wish I had a dollar for each time a character ran their hands through their hair.
Wee!wawaLAA!!!
Jul 29, 2008 Wee!wawaLAA!!! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Miss Kim
Offically dumped. My love affair is over. Whatever, Mr. Sparks.
Kereesa
Aug 19, 2011 Kereesa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kereesa by: Danielle. Because I made her read the Hunger Games.
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
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Shana
Aug 19, 2009 Shana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Gorfo
May 30, 2010 Gorfo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gorfo by: cara
Shelves: mystery, realistic
A Bend in the Road is not the story to take with you on a road trip. The books tells the story of Mile's Ryan's life after the death of his wife Missy Ryan. Not surprisingly the story becomes a love story when Deputy Ryan meets and falls in love with his sons' second grade teacher Sarah. It turns out that Sarah is heartbroken too and the two hit it off after Miles sweeps her off her feet with his superb elegance (not). Nothing seems to threaten their relationship until (dun dun dun) new informa ...more
Melodie
Jun 12, 2015 Melodie rated it really liked it
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
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Thomas
Feb 08, 2010 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Arianna
Jul 29, 2016 Arianna rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-romance
I found the book slow in the beginning. I was kind of bored when it was describing Miles' daily life after his wife died. It started to get more interesting when Miles meets his son's teacher. When the author described the different perspectives, like the person that did a hit-and-run on Miles' wife.
Erica Griep
Nov 02, 2015 Erica Griep rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Bend in the Road is a book that comes from a story line of tragedy to the positive things that are the outcome. Miles Ryan seemed to shut down the day is wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident. They have a son Jonah together who has some challenging issues he faces. Miles longs to bring his wife's killer to justice but the case has been open for a while and they have yet to have a suspect. Miles and Jonah live in a small warming community where everyone knows everybody. When Jonah starts se ...more
Everlark101199
Sep 23, 2016 Everlark101199 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was AMAZING.I can't tell you how much I love Nicholas Sparks and his book. They are just beautiful and I'm really excited about reading so much more by him
Alex Robinson
Aug 24, 2012 Alex Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow! i just can't get enough of the love stories Nicholas Sparks beautifully writes, he really does tug at the heart strings.

i love this book, it is definately something i would recomend! at first when it was talking about Miles' wife, i was sad already knowing she later died leave him and Johan to live their lives alone and in pain. i don't like think about people upset even if it is only a book, but then came along sarah, oh the wonderfull sarah! they both deserved each other, hell they more t
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C.R. Sedore
Jan 03, 2016 C.R. Sedore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and intriguing introduction

I want to read more.

Saras husband Micheal was in love with her, but no children is a deal breaker. He wanted a perfect life, and he wasn't going to have that with her. It sounds horrible, but they wouldn't have been happy.

Miles seems like a good man. He apparently loved and missed his wife. He's trying so hard to keep going and take care of Jonah.

I'm just waiting for Otis to do something.

I like the simple deal Sarah makes with Miles about helping Jonah. The f
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Mafi
Jan 05, 2012 Mafi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2012, pt
Justiça.

O principal factor que move Miles Ryan, é justiça pela morte inexplicada e súbita da mulher Missy.

A história começa quando o filho de Miles, Jonah começa a ter problemas de aprendizagem na escola. Sarah, a professora oferece-se para umas explicações ao miúdo e a partir daí a relação entre a professora e Miles desenvolve-se. O romance deste casal, achei bonito mas 'mais do mesmo', ou seja típico dos muitos romances de Nicholas Sparks.

Mesmo tendo uma relação estável, o acidente da mulher
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Amna_am_240526
Oct 22, 2013 Amna_am_240526 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Bend in the Road is a book about a sherif named Miles Ryan who lost hope in almost everything after losing his true love, his wife Missy in a tragic accident. He did not want to live anymore after his loss, however he had his son Jonah to look after. A few years later after Jonah started the second grade, he had a lot of difficulties with his classes so by the request of his teacher Miss Sarah Andrews to meet Miles Ryan everything they both were struggling and living changed.
I loved this story
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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
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Madisyn Mescher
Dec 07, 2015 Madisyn Mescher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks at 5 out of 5 rating. It was both a romance and mystery novel. Miles Ryan, a deputy sheriff from the town of New Bern, North Carolina, is left searching for the person who hit is wife in a hit-and-run accident two years earlier. He then meets Sarah Andrews, his sons second grade teacher. Sarah had come out of a rough divorce, leaving her to move to New Bern. Soon they find themselves laughing and in love again. Though Miles grieves for his past wife, ...more
Alaa | آلاء
Jun 09, 2013 Alaa | آلاء rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Nicholas Sparks novel to read, I really liked it. This book made me feel like I'm on a roller coaster of emotions, it is that type of book that keeps you guessing and then throws a huge bomb of shock in your face.

It is beautifully written, about a man Miles who has lost his wife to a hit and run accident, he's left all alone to raise his son Jonah who happens to be struggling at school. This struggle connected him to Sarah and here is where it all begins. They fall in love and
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Kim
Apr 11, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miles Ryans life seemed to end the day his wife 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, Jonahs 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....and soon they are fal ...more
Patricia
This was the first book that i've read from Sparks and I read it due to curiosity.
I pick it up from the library and truly I'm not disapointed.
Eventhough I don't usually read this kind of ficton I was surprised with myself to be following every line of the story and feeling sympathetic towards the main caracters. The plot and the twist of the story was well written and at some point, I trully felt the loss of a wife and how it is hard to be alone with a small child to raise.
Sometimes fate does ha
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Serban Georgiana
De aceasta data nu am fost asa de impresionata de aceasta carte scrisa de Nicholas Sparks.
De obicei cartile lui sunt vibrante,memorabile si pline de drame.
Nu drama a lipsit aici,ci suspansul.
Cartea este scrisa sub forma unui jurnal,si urmarim povestea din perspectiva unei terte persoane,iar acest lucru nu prea mi-a placut.
Din acest motiv nici povestea de dragoste nu este prea spectaculoasa,iar acest lucru ma determina sa acord doar 3 stele acestei carti.
Nu personajele ,sau poveste in sine i-mi d
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Aleida Oskam
It took a while for me to finish this one. In the beginning I really liked the story and thought I would finish it quickly. It turned out to be the opposit. I don't know what it is with me but I like to do all kind of others things at the moment than read. The story was okay, not as tear-jerking as other stories I've read of Nicholas. Was surprised by the outcome eventually! All in all a nice read :-)
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Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the n

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