Thursday, 28 June 2012

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One

Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Lucky One(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
28-year-old Logan has done 3 tours of Iraq, and knows that the reason he hasn’t been killed is because he found a photo of a girl in the sand one day. Ever since he found the photo he has been having a lucky streak.
After seeing one of his best friends killed after leaving Iraq, Logan decides to try and track down the girl in the photo. Walking for months across country with his dog Zeus, following shaky leads, Logan eventually reaches a place called Hampton, where he finds Elizabeth working for her grandmother at a dog-training business.

Logan and Elizabeth hit it off and start a relationship. But Logan doesn’t tell her about the photo, and she knows he’s hiding something from her. Can their relationship survive when Logan hasn’t told Elizabeth the truth about why he came to Hampton? And what trouble has Elizabeth’s ex-husband got in store for Logan?

This book was a fairly standard contemporary romance. I really hated the way that Logan lied by omission when he told Elizabeth why he was in Hampton. Starting a relationship on a lie is not a good idea, and I spent a lot of time whilst reading this book, dreading what Elizabeth would say when she found out.

Logan talked on several occasions about his tours in Iraq, which I wasn’t particularly interested in, as the thought of being in a war depresses me. I disliked the ex-husband – Clayton, who was basically a total pig, and felt sorry for the poor kid – Ben who had him for a dad.

I didn’t foresee the grand finale to the book, but I did foresee the happily ever after.
3 out of 5.

Want to know what happens without reading the book? Watch the film instead!

1 comment:

  1. Nicholas Sparks definitely knows how to create an impression with his characters. I know what you mean about Clayton... he was a man you loved to hate. I thought the treehouse was one of my favorite characters, too- what did you think of it? It amazed me how Sparks was able to fit so much character into a place. As an author, I know it can be tricky to keep your human characters realistic and engaging, let alone invest inanimate things with that much "personality." This is especially true when you're dealing with an author who's as prolific as Sparks is!