Nicholas Sparks is a master of romance stories with bittersweet endings. He built his vocation on works of fiction covered in love and pathos and has a firm fan foundation. Even though he drives his fans to tears, they keep coming back for more. Sparks writes about love — the power of love to heal, to excuse, to jeopardize, and to tolerate. In Sparks’ stories there is no grand love without some loss and his characters often are faced with a arduous undertaking before proving they are worthy of true love. Sparks’ characters are more often than not familiar types: typically one, sometimes both, of the protagonists are severely, secretly wounded by a past heartbreak. The characters are loyal and steadfast.
The family unit is very important to Sparks’ characters. Spiritual belief is important as well, and intermittently has an effect in the story, but Sparks’ stories never belong in the subgenre of Inspirational. However, readers of those subgenre may like Sparks’ books. Insignificant townships in North Carolina are the site for his tales. The tempo is leisurely, stepping up for rapid action and discourse. Sparks’ prose is not impenetrable and he aims for an easy-to-read style with a loving manner. While some may find the writing more than usually maudlin, most readers are so ensnared by the atmosphere that they simply read along, on the way to the satisfying endings.
Emily Grayson creates in a considerably more dramatic method about romantic relationships with conclusions that are as sensitive as Sparks’ but less heartrending.
James Michael Pratt creates along the same vein style, but with more nostalgia daring characters and heroic circumstances abound in Pratt’s books. Sense of duty and honor are considerable elements in the motivations of his protagonists. Readers who admire the force and honesty of Sparks’ characters in the face of misfortune will also enjoy Pratt’s characters and their exciting circumstances.
Richard Paul Evans is one more novelist of tales of grand romance and inspiration. Characters are less tortured but more in need of finding their internal strength and faith.
K. C. McKinnon’s writing will appeal to fans of the bittersweet ending. McKinnon gives loads of notice that the ending will be a tearjerker, but she makes it one the reader will look forward to, with welcoming characters, a homey setting and a sweet heartwarming story about childhood friends who come together to help each.