An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love--and face the hardest decision of his life.
A Good Man's Long Journey, November 22, 2006
By Wantz Upon A Time Reviews
An angry rebel, John broke school and joined the army without knowing what else to do with his life - until he met the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows to the kind of love that Savannah leaves waiting for John to finish his duty, and John, who wants to settle down with the woman who has conquered his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to invite again. And sad, the long breakup finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," read the letter ... and with these two words, one heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. When he returns home, John has to come to terms with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love - and has to face the hardest decision of his life.
The Long Journey of a Good Man, 22nd November 2006
From Wantz Upon A Time Reviews
This review is from: Dear John (Hardcover)
John Tyree is first a soldier, second man. That's how he thinks until he meets Savannah Lynn Curtis. On vacation, he desperately falls in love with Savannah, the proverbial girl of his dreams. Sweet, intelligent and giving, John knows that he will always wear her torch.
When September 11th changes the world, John is no exception. Motivated by patriotic loyalty, he decides to "re-up" in the army, adding time to his service and breaking his promise to return to Savannah. Other promises are broken when he has to take care of his sick father.
This is the story of how an ideal love can fluctuate despite its purity and strength. Not every romance leads to a happy ending, but with luck, those who do not survive will find meaning in the experience. Love, loyalty, friendship - all these feelings are great, but at what price? And how does that make a good man great? That's John's journey to that understanding.
It goes without saying that Nicholas Sparks is one of the "master" storytellers. Part of what makes him so successful is that he has the ability to create moving stories without pulling blows or painful twists. So it is in DEAR JOHN. Sparks offers a love story that includes all the required components - well-designed setting, high emotion, obstacles, resolution - then it breaks. Sadness gives rise to hope, and John Tyree, though very young, gains wisdom that will last a lifetime. Care will be a big part of it, yes, but there is room for something more, something that will go beyond the pages and touch John's tomorrow in a way that only he will see.
While this works, something is missing. It's one of those hard-to-define qualities that makes the difference between a good and an outstanding book. Perhaps it is the heavy dependence on John's soldiers as an excuse for certain behaviors. Or maybe it has more to do with aspects of John's relationship with his father, who seems to have Asperger's Syndrome.
Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer
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