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The Choice Paperback – December 22, 2015
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In his 13th book, bestselling Sparks (At First Sight, etc.) limns the far-reaching implications of several seemingly ordinary choices made by Beaufort, N.C. veterinarian Travis Parker and his next-door neighbor Gabrielle Holland, a physician's assistant and recent arrival. After an inauspicious first meeting where Gabby accuses Travis's boxer of impregnating her purebred collie, the two fall hard for each other. Already dating someone else seriously, Gabby is faced with a dilemma: whether to stick with longtime boyfriend Kevin, or get involved with Travis. The first part of the tale paints a vivid picture of her decision-making process and its effects on Travis and Gabby's lives. That sets up Part II, which takes place 11 years later when Travis faces a life and death decision following a car accident. A tender and moving love story and a quick read, Sparks's latest does not disappoint.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Holter Graham gives a polished performance with his versatile skills and vocal range as he embraces the roles of Travis Parker, local veterinarian, and Gabby Holland, physician's assistant. In Part One, Graham captures the exquisite story of their attraction, love, and marriage with a warmth and rhythm that breathes life into the characters. Ten years later in Part Two, Graham portrays Travis's torment when Gabby falls into a coma after a car accident that is his fault. As Gabby fails to recover, Graham captures Travis's conflict over a decision he must make--a decision based on a promise Gabby extracted from him before her life took its tragic turn. A compelling story. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08] --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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It was then that I decided (for the sake of my own heart) that I would no longer watch any further adaptations without first reading the book and so, we come to "The Choice." While many have criticized Mr. Sparks' plots and storylines to be average, cookie cutter, and very predictable, I challenge you with a simple question: "So what?" So what if in his books there is almost always a love triangle, so what if it is often boy meets girl, boy loses girl, etc.?
In today's society, give me several well cultivated hours of sappy reading to get lost in over reality any day. "The Choice" though starting off slightly predictable with two individuals from completely opposite ends of the spectrum, Travis a very mellow and relaxed young man who relishes in spontaneity and wit, and Gabby a somewhat uptight emerging med student in the prime of her life, falling in love (after encountering a few obstacles along the way, of course), did not plateau the way I thought it would.
In fact, I am not truly sure I can explain the true depths of this novel without giving away spoilers (which I hate to do), but I will say this: Just when you feel you know what inspired its title, you will begin to realize (if you're anything like myself) how much you've underestimated Mr. Sparks as a writer.
"The Choice" only begins with choosing which man to love. It expands into the heart wrenching question, "Could you in fact respect a person's choices, if doing so meant betraying your heart?"
I however feel that the ending was to rushed and this left me disappointed. I enjoyed reading this book but feel that some parts of it could've been better. I can't wait to read his next book.
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What a tear and heart jerker!