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The Lucky One Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 30, 2008
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U.S. Marine Logan Thibault carries a picture of a woman he'snever met because it brings him good luck. But when he sets out to find the woman, he is met with unexpected circumstances surrounding his new love and his shrouded past. Though not Sparkss most original tale, the story flows well and narrator John Bedford Lloyd delivers a solid performance. Lloyds deep bass tone is perfectly suited for Thibault, a manly man if ever there was one. Lloyds supporting characters are rich and interesting in their own right, some speaking in comical Southern drawls, others with a raw reality. The final result is quite touching without much over-the-top sentimentality on Lloyds part. A Grand Central hardcover. (Sept.)
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There are only two people who can get away with writing chick-lit: Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks ... Sparks has delivered another brilliantly addictive read **** London Lite A strictly curl-up-on-the-sofa-on-your-own affair ... A guiltier than guilty pleasure - race through it with lots of tissues **** Heat Sparks writes unashamedly romantic novels that make women weak at the knees ... Once again, Sparks certainly flies Closer This one won't leave a dry eye Daily Mirror Book of the Week This is a journey of amazing discovery and a top page-turner Heat --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I usually don't read books that are so dramatic or on the boring side but the way Sparks wrote the story, while having a fairly plain characters, is not boring at all that kept me interested until i finished the book.
If you read the preview story, you will get a 'stalker' kind of love story but it is not. A man finds a picture of a lady whom his best buddy believed to be his lucky charm. When he finally gets out of their complicated situation, he walked miles and miles just to find this girl to thank her for saving his life only to find himself falling in love with her.
I like the character of Logan Thibault (t-bow) , the character who walked from Colorado to Hampton to find his lucky girl, because he is a very kind person but knows how to fight for himself and for people he loves by being a witty and wise person in his strategies to address the issues surrounding their lives (including Beth's and Ben).
Keith is also a very good villain in this story because you become irritated with his behavior making you dislike this person so much. He is a brat from the start as being part of the first family of their town makes him all the more arrogant and conceited.
Beth, the book's damsel in distress, two thumbs up for this woman, she races Ben on her own, helps her grandmother and teaches in their local school. She's independent but still needed someone to share her life with. While bullied, in a way, by her ex-husband, she's strong enough to fight for the man she loves.
The only thing I disliked in this book was the fact that someone died in the end making it a short cut for Sparks to end the story.
While I like this book, i kept thinking of how the story was told in the movie where Efron and Schilling played the roles of Thibault and Beth, respectively, i found the two mediums told the story differently. But don't get me wrong, both are wonderful and maintained the plot. However, the movie, of course created lines that are unbelievably sweet and romantic. While the book on the other hand had complex lines but had simple meanings about appreciating life.
After Iraq his best buddy tells him "There is a greater purpose to all of this. It is your destiny (to find her)." After a bad start Logan sets out with his faithful German Shepherd, Zeus, on a long walk from from Colorado to Hampton, North Carolina where he hopes to find the woman in the picture.
When he gets there he discovers Elizabeth, the woman in his lucky picture who has a great son and a terrible ex-husband. The pages sparkle with an exciting and different family romance.
Sparks is a consummate storyteller of mainstream romance novels that don't involve the steamy and coming of age problems of so much contemporary "romance" (sexually based and immature) fiction. I have enjoyed several of Sparks books including this one, but my main worry was that the finish of this one was too fast.