I'm also a fan of A Bend in the Road and The Wedding, and enjoyed Nights in Rodanthe and True Believer despite the endings. My interest began to wane At First Sight. I skipped over a good portion of The Choice, refused to read Dear John when I figured out the end at the beginning, and despite the premise, I couldn't get into Lucky One. It took six months to read Last Song. Someone asked why I bothered. I had to. Steve's chapters were poignant, beautifully written, and resonated with me. I wish the story had been his and not Ronnie's.
And despite the telling and blocks of backstory, it sucked me in.
The reviews on Amazon are mixed, but I'll happily give it a chance. If it doesn't capture me, then I'll re-read The Rescue. It's been awhile.
Oh, and in case you're wondering why I included my cell phone in the photo above...Nicholas Sparks used it during that signing to wish my daughter a Happy Birthday. How cool is that?