Synopsis

In the romantic tradition of The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals—transcending decades, continents and the bittersweet workings of fate.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At 36, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future. 

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina, but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty and personal happiness against each other in devastating ways.

Illuminating life's heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, Every Breath explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties—and asks the question, How long can a dream survive?

    Inspiration for Every Breath

    Inspiration for this book came from two very separate places.

    The first bit was from a familiar destination in my home state of North Carolina. There is a mailbox, well known to locals as “Kindred Spirit,” that sits out on a secluded stretch of coastline -- it’s a place where passersby fill a journal with their thoughts, fears, and dreams -- and while it has a rich history all its own, what has stayed with me all these years is the romantic notion of a lonely mailbox in the middle of nowhere filled with handwritten notes of love, loss, and hope.

    I then came up with the character of Tru when I was traveling in Africa. I was so impressed with the welcoming people, the exotic landscape, and the natural beauty and wildlife that I wanted to find a way to include a character from Zimbabwe into one of my books. I just had to figure out how to get him to North Carolina.

    Sunset Beach, NC

    Sunset Beach, NC

    Most of Sunset Beach, a small seaside town in North Carolina, and the adjoining Bird Island coastal reserve encompass a barrier island that is primarily home to vacation rental homes and cottages with just a smattering of full-time residents. 

    Sunset Beach, NC

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