Nicholas Sparks spotlights Washington in his latest novel – Washington Daily News

Nicholas Sparks spotlights Washington in his latest novel

Posted 3:04 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022

Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks has chosen Washington as the filming location for his new novel, “Dreamland.”

This love story is about Colby Mills who was an aspiring musician until tragedy thwarted his chances of pursuing his dream of working full-time in music. Instead, he now operates a small family farm in Washington. Taking a reprieve from the farm, he played a gig in St. Pete Beach, Florida. There he meets Morgan Lee who is the daughter of wealthy Chicago doctors. She graduated from a prestigious college music program and dreams of moving to Nashville.

Colby and Morgan fall in love and embark on an unforgettable week-long adventure filled with heights and heartbreak.

A second story parallels that of Colby and Morgan. It’s about Beverly, a woman trying to escape her abusive husband with her six-year-old son. She is trying to rebuild her life in a small town.

Hundreds of miles away, Beverly will test her love for her young son. And fate will bring the three together in a web of life-changing connections. . . forcing everyone to wonder if the dream of a better life can ever outlast the weight of the past,” according to the preview on the Barnes & Noble website.

The first chapter of “Dreamland” is available for preview on the official Sparks website. On page six, Colby recounts his life from a first-person perspective.

I live in Washington, a small town on the banks of the Pamlico River in eastern North Carolina, although many people call it either Little Washington Where the original Washington, so as not to confuse my hometown with our nation’s capital, five hours north,” Sparks wrote in Colby’s voice. “Washington is peaceful and its people are friendly, those who greet drivers from their front porches. There’s a nice waterfront along the river with a few decent restaurants, and for those who love the arts, the town has the Turnage Theatre, where locals can watch plays performed by other locals.

Sparks will begin a book tour for “Dreamland” on September 18 at the Books-A-Million store in New Bern. There are eight other stops on the tour. For the final leg, Sparks will return to North Carolina and visit the Barnes & Noble store in Charlotte. Tickets are required for each event. Tour details are available at

Readers can pre-order “Dreamland,” but it will officially debut in bookstores on September 20.

Irene B. Bowles