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At first sight
Nicholas Sparks
Adult Fiction SPARKS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

When we last left 37-year-old Jeremy Marsh (a scant six months ago, in Sparks's April pub True Believer), the science columnist had traveled from his New York base to Boone Creek, N.C., to get a story-and ended up falling in love with Lexie Darnell, the 30-year-old town librarian. Now Lexie's pregnant-but it's true love (and a portable job) that's allowing divorce Jeremy to move down so they can marry and build a life together. The book centers on the tension-filled runup to the wedding. Sparks pulls out all the smalltown stops-psychic grandmother, meddling mayor, sullen townie ex, jealous best friends-and offers Mars/Venus commentary on what makes his characters tick. Jeremy's writer's block, instead of heightening the will-they-or-won't-they tension, is as enervating for readers as it is for him. More compelling are the mysterious e-mails Jeremy receives that suggest Lexie may not be telling the truth (about who the father is, for one thing), and the character of Lexie's psychic grandmother, Doris, who has correctly predicted the sex of every child born in the town. As the wedding gets closer (and house renovations suck more and more money from Jeremy's dwindling savings), Jeremy and Lexie have some serious talking to do, and Sparks throws in a substantial zinger at the end. It's majorly manipulative and totally effective. Have plenty of tissues on hand. (Oct. 18) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Things are looking good for Jeremy Marsh and Lexie Darnell, back from True Believer, until a mysterious message brings trouble from the past. With a 15-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Jeremy Marsh
Male
Age: 37
Divorced
Never thought he would leave New York City, nor marry again; has moved to a small town in North Carolina and is anticipating the birth of his daughter and his upcoming wedding; begins to have doubts and suspicions about Lexie.
Journalist

Doris McClellan
Female
She's a diviner who can predict the sex of an unborn baby; Lexis' grandmother.
Restaurateur

Lexie Darnell
Female
Age: 30
Engaged
Doris's granddaughter; planning her wedding to Jeremy.
Librarian



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