by Nicholas Sparks

April 2005
ISBN: 0-446-53243-6
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Jeremy Marsh works as a reporter for Scientific American where he spends his days investigating the strange and unusual and then composing articles where he tries to prove what a farce they really are. In other words Jeremy doesnít believe anything that he doesnít have solid facts for. When he receives a letter from a woman in Boone Creek, North Carolina who tells him about supposed ghosts in their town cemetery, he is interested enough to make the trip.

After arriving in town, Jeremy is a bit amazed at the small, rather run down town but is quickly made to feel welcome by the town folk. The only person who seems to be keeping a safe distance is the town librarian Lexie Darnell who also happens to be the granddaughter of the town psychic.

After Lexie puts Jeremy to work in a special room of the library where he can read and investigate the town's history, it doesnít take him long at all to put two and two together and figure out just what the ghostly lights origin is. However before he prepares to write his newest article revealing to the world what he has found, he has to wonder if there is something more to the legend and the reason for it than he knows.

During Jeremyís stay in the beautiful Outer Banks area, not only will he come in contact with some charming characters and get a deeper look at the history of the area but his relationship with Lexie will develop into something that neither one ever expected. For those of you who enjoy a little romance at the beach and a touch of paranormal this new book might just be for you. I, however, found that it lacked the emotion that all of his earlier books contained. While I once again loved being immersed in the North Carolina setting and the residents of this quirky town, I didnít find myself that attached to Lexie or to Jeremy. Iíll hold out hope that Sparks next book will be reminiscent of books like The Notebook and Message in a Bottle.

Reviewed in March 2005 by Shelby.

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