A Bend in the Road

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Narrator: L.J. Ganser
Genres: Romance, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published In: December 2013
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy sheriff in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice.Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews.

The second grade teacher of his son Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it is her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah's eyes, and then his father's. Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon, they are both laughing for the first time in years...and falling in love.

Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret - one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in...and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever.

Reviews (38)

Written by Anonymous on January 15th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Just ok. Easy read to pass time. Nothing memorable though.

Written by Kimberly Heigert on May 24th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another absolutely wonderful piece by Nicholas Sparks. His descriptive writing style draws the reader in and brings each character to life in such a way that it is almost impossible to put the book down. I cannot wait for the next book.

Bend in the Road

Written by Pam Black on April 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Like all of Nicholas Sparks books, this book didn't disappoint me. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever had to learn to trust again after having a broken heart. Thank you again Mr. Sparks for bring me a book that captures my heart.


Written by Anonymous on February 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was great, but i should have read the unabridged version. It probably has a better flow.

Bend in the Road

Written by Anonymous from Pace, FL on November 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Never to be let down, I think Mr. Sparks does a wonderful job again. What a romance.

Bend in the Road

Written by Helen Medlock on September 12th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Nicholas Sparks has a real gift for developing love stories with exciting events that interupt their relationships. Miles is a solid character who must learn to trust again even after the devastion of the lost of his first wife. The quite beauty that is within him takes a while to sprang fort to learn to trust again. Sara tries to be the kind of woman that Miles needs as well as a substitute mother. All in all the conflicts and tragedies develop characters of greatness and beauty.

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Written by Paula Gutierrez on August 31st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome story in the classic Sparks style. I enjoyed every minute of it:)

A Bend in the Road

Written by Elizabeth M on July 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was very pleased with this book and the reader. It was a romance and mystery with a twist at the end. I haven't read many Nicholas Sparks books in the past, but I will be looking for more of them now!

Bend in the Road

Written by Elaine Maher on June 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Excellent. Both a love story and mystery. Well written.


Written by Anonymous from Seymour, CT on June 10th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5


Author Details

Author Details

Sparks, Nicholas

Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 31, 1965, the second son of Patrick Michael (1942-1996) and Jill Emma Marie (Thoene) Sparks (1942-1989). His siblings are Michael Earl Sparks (b. Dec. 1964), and Danielle Sparks (b. Dec. 1966, d. June, 2000). As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine, who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn't published. He worked a variety of jobs over the next three years, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone, and started his own small manufacturing business which struggled from the beginning. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.

He began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in 1992. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October, 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), and Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks with my Brother (2004), True Believer (2005) and At First Sight (2005) all with Warner Books. All were domestic and international best sellers and were translated into more than 35 languages. The movie version of Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average domestic box office gross per film was $56 million -- with another $100 million in DVD sales -- making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood.

The film rights to Nights in Rodanthe, True Believer and At First Sight have been sold, and Nicholas Sparks has written the screenplay for The Guardian, though he has not offered it for sale at this point.

He now has five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

His ancestry is German, Czech, English, and Irish, he's 5'10" and weighs 180 lbs. He is an avid athlete who runs daily, lifts weights regularly, and competes in Tae Kwon Do. He attends church regularly and reads approximately 125 books a year. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually.