Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Review: The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 30th 2008
Author Website
Available for Order: Amazon|Barnes and Noble

When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. 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 photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.

Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, The Lucky One is Nicholas Sparks at his best—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 Take:

When you read a Nicholas Sparks book its hard to not cry by the end, because of this man I've cried plenty of times and while reading The Lucky One for the second time I couldn't hold back the tears when they came because of the realness of this story. 

Logan Thibault is marine who didn't feel luck was something that came to him, but ever since he found this photograph he has been well lucky. Now finally back home the one thing he gained from war was that his best friend always believed his lucky charm was that photo and that Logan had to find the person in the photo. Beth is a single parent just trying to maintain a kennel and her actual job as a teacher. She lives with her grandma and her son Ben. Finding help in a small town in North Carolina is hard and when she finally has a potential candidate for the job she is at first skeptical because he is not only a stranger but because of the way he brought himself to be there. When Logan left Colorado he went with just a backpack and his german shepard Zeus. When he finally knows her name by passing around the photo he had he sees the help wanted sign and sees it as his way to get to know who the women in the photo really is. 

This story captured my heart because it felt believable because to think that any charm can bring back a solider is something short of a miracle. I loved that even though Beth was unsure of Thibault at first she came around and opened up her heart. Because its a Sparks novel there are a few ups and downs but the end is all up to think what is and I loved this so much. The first time I read this I had a feeling that it would keep effecting me the same and it has I wish there was a photo out there of me that was a lucky charm to someone who needed the luck of the charm. Plus as an added bonus its becoming a movie yay!!!!!!!! With who Zac Efron yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/5 stars

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