as always - Nicholas Sparks knows how to touch the heart with his writing. this is a very good book and reading it again made me like it more. however; it still bothers me that Garrett had to die. i know it was essential to get across the true meaning of the story - but it's such a sad ending and makes me wish it would have been better. but life's not always full of happy endings...as this book proves. very sad, but very touching. if you want a good cry - you'll enjoy this!