True Believer by Nicholas Sparks

True Believer tells the story of Jeremy Marsh and Lexie Darnell. Jeremy is the embodiment of a city boy. Born and raised in New York City, he couldn't imagine why anyone would want to live anywhere else. He is a journalist who specializes in debunking the supernatural. His career is just taking off after an appearance on television, when he receives a letter from Boone Creek, North Carolina, describing some mysterious lights. His curiosity is peeked and he heads to Boone Creek which is "right between the middle of nowhere and where are we exactly?" to investigate.

While in Boone Creek Jeremy meets Lexie, the town's librarian, and she is unlike any woman he has ever met. She is not afraid to speak her mind and speaks with an unfailing honesty. At first, Lexie does not trust Jeremy and worries how Jeremy will depict her home and the people in it. Lexie grew up and Boone Creek, and while she lived briefly elsewhere, she cannot imagine making her home anywhere else. However, she finds herself drawn to Jeremy and begins to realize that he too is different from anyone she has ever known.  

While trying to solve the mystery of the lights, Jeremy and Lexie are increasingly drawn together. However, both struggle to overcome the wounds of past relationships and the obstacles of their current realities. To truly be together, one of them will have to compromise and take a giant leap of faith.

I really enjoyed this book, although I had to quite the skeptic in me. Jeremy and Lexie seem to fall in love very quickly - over the span of 2 days actually. While I'm not saying that this can't happen, as someone who has never experienced it, I'm not a "true believer" on that front. I was also a little disappointed by the lights mystery. I was hoping for a little more intrigue here, but was disappointed. Although that is what initially brings Jeremy to Boone Creek, the mystery definitely takes a backseat to Jeremy and Lexie's budding romance and it is wrapped up fairly quickly. I guess I would have like to have seen that developed more. It would have add a little more mystery to the story.

This is one of the few NSparks books that has a squeal, which is called At First Sight. I'm curious to see where he takes this story, so I'm picking up At First Sight next!

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