Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Lucky One by Nicolas Sparks

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

In his 14th book, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.
After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck — winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph — his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can't seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina - Elizabeth, a divorced mother — and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart — destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, THE LUCKY ONE is an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love.

My thoughts:
I listened to this audio book last week, a good chunk of it was during my long run for the week.  I am sensing a lot of similarities in his stories as I recently listened to Safe Haven and The Best of Me as well.  I did not have a chance to see the movie when it was in theaters so I wanted to have read the book before seeing it on video.  Knowing myself, once I see a movie the likelihood that I will then read the book is very slim.

In this book you meet the bad guy right away, but don't get to see how he fits into the storyline until a bit later.  I liked Logan and Elizabeth, as well as Nana and Ben, Elizabeth's son.  It was a story where everything happened for a reason, even if the reason wasn't evident at the time.  I like how not all the pieces where clear at the start, but as more was revealed more made sense in how each of them reacted to events and how they made decisions.

I am enjoying Sparks books as audio books and will continue to look for them at the library. 

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455508976
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Movie Tie-in Edition
  • Pages: 416

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