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TRUE BELIEVER - NICHOLAS SPARKS

Jeremy Marsh is an attractive young man from New York who is considered an expert on "debunking" the supernatural.  Jeremy also writes a regular column for "Scientific American".  Jeremy was well aware that his job of "scientific debunking" was a very thankless one.  He often received mail from people with words in it like "idiot"and "moron."   

One day Jeremy received a letter from a psychic named Doris McClellan.   She wrote to Jeremy to inform him about strange happenings at a cemetery in Boone Creek, North Carolina.  Legend has it that spirits of former slaves haunt the cemetery.  In the winter, blue lights seem to dance on the headstones whenever the fog rolls in.  There were many stories around describing the lights.  Some people would say they looked like strobe lights while others would say they were similar to basketballs.  Doris informed Jeremy that some people came from Duke University to investigate the lights.  Even though these investigators saw the lights, the cause could not be explained.  Doris asked Jeremy to come to North Carolina to see if he could figure out was causing this sensation.

Jeremy decided to visit Boone Creek and met with Doris.  He asked her to tell him about the town.  After the two had lunch, Jeremy asked Doris for directions to the library.  Doris gave him directions and told him to say hello to Lex.  She told him that Lex worked at the reference desk of the library and he should ask for her. 

Her full name was Lexie Darnell and she ran the town's library.  Her mother held the same job until she had the accident that left Lexie an orphan.  Lexie was involved in some relationships in the past that did not go quite well.  One even took her away from Boone Creek.  She was determined that this would not happen again. 

Jeremy planned to spend about a week in Boone Creek while he was investigating the lights.  However, when he met Lexie he was immediately attracted to her.  On the other hand, Lexie was also attracted to Jeremy even though she would not admit it. 

It doesn't take long for Jeremy to realize he must make a choice.  Should he return to the life he knows?  Should he stay in Boone Creek?  Does Jeremy solve the mystery of the lights?

This book is a fast read - one to read when you want to relax.  If you like a good old-fashioned love story, this is the book for you.  Once again, Nicholas Sparks has taken his writing talent, added an interesting plot with memorable characters and the result is one that romantics will love.  We couldn't ask for more!  This book is highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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