Hardcover, 486 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 8th 2015)
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
While Colin Hancock and Maria Sanchez start off as different from each other as they could possibly be, they definitely have one thing in common: readers will love them.
Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.
Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.
A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface.
Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.
In See Me, Sparks introduces us to Colin, a former troublemaker who is now pursuing a degree in teaching. After a chance encounter with hard-working lawyer Maria Sanchez on a rainswept road, the two of them begin pursuing a romance. But events from Maria's past soon come back to haunt them...
While many elements of See Me are classic Sparks: the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks; the hardworking girl who has never learned how to show her true self; it's the character of Colin that helps set See Me above the rest.
As readers begin to get to know Colin, Sparks thoughtfully asks readers to consider just what it takes to redeem one's self in the eyes of others. Do we forgive with one good deed, or does it take years of living clean to truly earn forgiveness? Conversely, do we allow for small slip-ups, if it's all part of the recovery process?
Colin grapples with both sides of this equation deeply, especially as his relationship with Maria begins to take hold. Though his candid approach toward his redemption allows for most in Colin's life to accept either side of that equation, Sparks points out that there will always be those who will struggle with the surface appearance, something that Colin experiences in ebbs and flows with Maria.
It's that journey to overcome those biases, coupled with Colin's growing evolution of learning how to apply his negative tendencies in a positive way as he begins to protect Maria against an unexpected stalker, that makes this story a compelling one. Colin learns that redemption is absolutely possible, but there are also those who will help him shape his past into a foundation for a positive future.
All in all, See Me is classic Nicholas Sparks at his best. He has written a compelling romance about two individuals from seemingly different worlds, who learn to mutually trust themselves again and each other. Colin and Maria have a very true-to-life romance, that readers will definitely love.
Through the relationship that develops between Colin and Maria, Sparks reminds readers to look beyond surface appearances, to find the common bonds that lie beneath. It's those very bonds that make this such an page-turner of a story, and I strongly believe that other Sparks fans will feel the same.
Strongly recommend for all Sparks fans, and for readers who are looking for a romantic read for the fall.
About the author:
With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice coming in February 2016.