Sparks is well known for his graceful and tender stories, and many of his novels are heartbreaking. His latest departs from that, telling a beautiful love story without sorrowful drama.

Jeremy Marsh is a reporter for a science magazine who's recently become famous for exposing paranormal hoaxes. Following a tip from a reader, Jeremy goes to North Carolina to investigate the "ghost lights"—lights that, according to legend, have appeared at a local cemetery since the bodies were removed from a slave graveyard more than 100 years ago. There, Jeremy makes the acquaintance of Lexie, the town librarian, and the pair moves quickly into a relationship that seems to have no future.

Sparks once again wows readers with a love story that requires self-sacrifice. It is moving and memorable. (Apr., 322 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick