Sparks' beautifully moving novel gives new meaning to the quintessential "Dear John" letter. Though not as likely to induce tears as many of his other
books, Sparks' most recent work has tremendous emotional depth, revealing
the true meaning of unconditional love.

A young soldier on leave in his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., meets a college student who is spending the summer volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. An unlikely romance sparks between the two as John, a rebellious teen turned tattooed soldier, becomes enamored with Savannah, a beautiful Christian girl unlike any other woman he's ever dated.

When John's leave is over and he returns to Germany, the separation is difficult for the couple, especially when John decides to re-enlist and serve his country in Iraq. Though he realizes that he and Savannah are drifting apart, John is completely unprepared for the letter she sends him and how subsequent events change his life forever. (Warner, Nov., 276 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick