I will be brief. The mind reels at the thought of the traumatic high school years Nicholas Sparks must have endured to write the stuff he writes, but here we go again. Katie (Julianne Hough), a frightened young woman with a mysterious past, appears in the tiny hamlet of Southport, N.C., constantly looking over her shoulder. If only there were a handsome bachelor--preferably a widower--in the town to discover her secret, free her from her demons and fall in love with her…If only.

Alex (Josh Duhamel) is a handsome widower who lives in the town and raises his two impossibly charming children. With the encouragement of the nosy, older know-it-all, Mrs. Feldman (Irene Zeigler), and Katie’s friend, Jo (Cobie Smulders), Alex and Katie begin dating. It is then that we discover Katie is on the run from an abusive ex-husband who has no intention of letting her go.

Now, if you think for one minute you can guess what happens next, you would be absolutely correct. I mean the bad guy doesn’t tie her to the train tracks or anything…because that would be hackneyed, but things pretty much proceed as planned. Anyway, suffice it to say that love conquers all--oh, and Julianne Hough cannot act.

It’s a 5.

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