The Lucky One

Title: The Lucky One (Movie cover)
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: February 28, 2012

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.

This being the first Nicholas Sparks book that I’ve ever read, I think that he’s definitely off to a good start with me. I’ve been meaning to read his work for a while, especially since I’ve seen a few of the movies that have been made from his books. I’m glad I started with this book. It was a sweet, scary, but definitely captivating love story.

Thibault’s war memories and the confusion of his purpose were a little scary. And yes, a little stalker-ish, but only because CLAYTON twisted it that way. I hate that guy. I mean really. Let me explain – the writing voices, though in third person, were very clear on who was who and how each character felt – and Clayton was CREEPY, with a capital C-R-E-E-P-Y. He was abusive, with anger issues, and in the end, I can’t believe that Beth felt the way she did about him. Still, I appreciate Thibault’s control over the situation, and especially his love for Beth and Ben.

Beth and Ben and Nana made a wonderful family unit. I loved Nana’s mannerisms, strange though they were, and Ben’s relationship with the two women in his life was great for a preteen. And then Beth. Despite her sucky ex-marriage and divorce, I admire her courage and strength and love for Ben. And then when Thibault is thrown into the mix, with their sweet courtship, I can’t help but LOVE this family. They were PERFECT. Sparks could not have blended a better match made in Heaven if he tried. (Maybe I’m just biased, since this is the only one of his books that I’ve read, but come on!!! HE WALKED FROM COLORADO TO TRY TO FIND HER! He’s smart, he’s intelligent (totally not the same things), he’s sweet, he’s strong, he has a German Shepard (Zeus is AWESOME!), and HE LOVES HER!!) So yes, I adore this couple.

Basically, this book just tantalized my appetite for more of his books. I can’t wait watch the rest of the movies and to pick up another of Sparks’ novels, and I hope that you do too!

~Yours Truly

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