Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of his books as far as I know and liked or loved them all. I had put off reading this one for awhile because I'm not a big fan of cowboys. Of course he totally won me over. I loved the parallel stories of the old love and the new love just starting out. It was very beautiful. This one didn't have me bawling so many others by him. Overall great read.