New Release Book Review: The Return by Nicholas Sparks

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About Novel

Title: The Return

Published On date: September 29th 2020

Publisher of the novel: Hachette Australia

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Total Pages: 368

Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

Rating: 4.5 stars

RRP: $32.99

Introduction of the Novel

“The Return” is a novel by Nicholas Sparks that tells the story of an injured Navy doctor named Trevor Benson. After being sent home from Afghanistan with injuries, Trevor returns to his hometown of New Bern, North Carolina. While there, he falls in love with a woman named Natalie Masterson, but she lives far away. 

Trevor also meets a teenage girl named Callie, who claims to be 19 and works at the local sundries store. When Trevor finds that Callie was once befriended by his grandfather, he hopes she can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather’s death. 

However, she offers some clues until a crisis starts a race that will find the true nature of Callie’s past, one more entangled with the older man’s passing than Trevor could ever have expected.


“The Return” is a classic Nicholas Sparks book that combines romance and mystery. The novel is soothing and perfect for those who enjoy heavy stories. The characters are detailed and nuanced but far from perfect. Trevor is a wounded war veteran who is suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, while Natalie is a deputy sheriff who is hiding something. Callie is a teenage girl who is working at the local sundries store and keeping to herself. The story is told from Trevor’s viewpoint, and the reader gets to see his journey of healing and self-discovery.

The novel is well-written and engaging, with a real undercurrent of heartbreak, loss, loneliness, and grief. The story and way of writing are smooth and effortless, and the story is interesting and fascinating. The mystery elements of the book are well-done, and the end is satisfying. Overall, “The Return” is a touching tale about love and forgiveness that will leave you warm, smiling, and highly satisfied.

Personal Point of View

I found “The Return” to be a an amazing novel that kept me entertained from start to finish. The story is written and the characters are well-developed, which makes it easy to become invested in their lives. I particularly enjoyed the way the author weaves together the themes of love, loss, and redemption throughout the book.

As someone who enjoys both romance and mystery novels, I found “The Return” to be the perfect mixture of both genres. The mystery elements of the book kept me thinking until the very end, whereas the romance between Trevor and Natalie was sweet. I also appreciated the way the author wrote about difficult topics like PTSD and suffering with compassion and sensitivity.

So, in the end, I would highly recommend “The Return” to anyone looking for a well-written and interesting novel that will leave you feeling inspired.

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