Jun 16, 2012

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Book Description:

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.
Christina's BookReview
This is my third Nicolas Sparks book and I have to say that unlike the others The Lucky One took me awhile to get into.

After Logan Thibault finds a picture or a beautiful girl, while on tour in Iraq, he is called Lucky by his friends. As Logan suffers the lost of fellow friends he sticks to his belief that the picture is not lucky. But something prevents him from parting from it. After five years, because of a friend, he decides to find the girl in the picture. When he finally finds her Logan will learn what his destiny is.

Elizabeth is struggling to take care of her nana, her nana’s farm, being a teacher, being single parent and trying to put up with her ex-husband crap. She wishes for the love and comfort of someone else but isn’t hopeful. She doesn’t know that her life is about to change.

When Logan starts to work on nana’s farm he isn’t looking to fall in love with the girl in the picture. As Logan spends time with Ben, Elizabeth’s son, and her nana, she starts to warm up to him. After finding that spending time with Logan is peaceful and comforting Elizabeth starts to fall in love with him. Logan realizes that he’s always been in love with the girl in the photo. But Logan is keeping secrets from Elizabeth and she can’t understand why. Until Clayton, her ex intervenes…

Clayton doesn’t care about anyone but himself. And he wants Elizabeth as a friend with benefits. He doesn’t want another man around his ex-wife or son and will do anything to make sure it stays that way. To top it off, Clayton hates Thibault with a passion. When he discovers Logan’s secret Clayton quickly shares it with Elizabeth hoping that he would be her shoulder to cry on and in the process hook up with her. Things don’t work out that way.

As we take a trip down Logan’s life you learn of all the good and bad that happen in a Marine’s life. Although life in the Marines was filled with very sad times, I enjoyed reading them and many times caught myself in tears. I found myself enjoying the flashbacks more than the present. The only thing in the present I enjoyed was Zeus, Logan’s dog companion, and Ben. Ben was enjoyable to read about especially the times he spent with Logan and Zeus.

The love story is wonderful but the love between the characters themselves was very flat. I wished that they had more interactions and there were more dialogue instead of so many 3rd person monologues. Because of that I had to give The Lucky One 4 stars instead of 5.

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