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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—winniWhen 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.Did You Know?---Zeus was modeled after one of Nicholas’s dogs?Nicholas had to do more research for this novel than any other?The setting of the novel is fictitious?This was the first novel Nicholas wrote in the limited third-person omniscient perspective?...

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The Lucky One Reviews

  • Kate
    2018-09-25 19:46

    Damn, I really can't understand why I even started reading Sparks in the first place. This book was so full of stereotypes, it was awful. I mean, the guy was, of course, handsome, attractive, great with kids, a good craftsman, and surprise - surprise, he even could play the piano! The woman was beautiful, sensitive, a great mum, a talented cook, bla bla bla... And Sparks doesn't even make the effort to change the setting. Not once! It's always near or in Wilmington, North Carolina. *yawn*It had its rare nice moments, therefore it's 2 stars. But what really sucks is that Sparks seems to have a very soft spot for soldiers since 9/11. So, talking of boring clichés, the protagonist was a brave soldier fighting for his country in Iraq. *doubleyawn* I will never understand the American idealism about their soldiers. (And please, any people reading this, don't feel obliged to lecture me on that...) So, my conclusion, I will never ever read a Sparks again. The book before that was already a disappointment, but I thought I should give him another chance. Huge mistake, one I certainly won't repeat.

  • LolaReviewer
    2018-10-02 18:36

    ''I'm not sure what I should put for an address. Like I said, I just got to town and I'm staying at the Holiday Motor Court. I could also use my mom's mailing address in Colorado. Which would you prefer?''''Colorado?''''Yeah, I know. Kind of far from here.''''What brought you to Hampton?''You, he thought. I came to find you. Nicholas Sparks has his reputation of writing the most popular and some quite beautiful/original love stories. Of course, The Lucky One was no exception. There were some elements I was annoyed about because they seemed too similar to his other books but, in general, it was a very nice read. For example, Beth’s little 10 years old boy, Ben, reminded me A LOT of the other nice little boy in The Last Song (and I'm really not talking about in the movie but in the book) which, if you haven’t read it, is a wonderful book. Also, the marines, army. «---- Dear John! At least, Thibault doesn’t have the same personality as John so it’s wasn’t like I saw him instead of Thibault while reading. The pacing is very slow. Beth and Thibault are actually meeting each other after about 65 pages only, but the fact is that those pages were kind of long. There were many descriptions and psychological thinking when I wanted more dialogs and well… romance. Although, as we all know, Nicholas Sparks likes to write about the characters background and really want to make us connect in a way to them so, yeah, many descriptions. At first, it bored me but, after those 65 pages, it all goes well and the reading begins to feel nice and enjoyable.Beth is a good girl, someone I actually related to because she didn't date many guys or slept with many either. She was married to a man that she divorced off because, let’s face it, he was not the good, stable kind of man, especially as a husband and dad because they did have a kid together. I’ll say it and it’s true, he’s a pervert. The type of pervert that takes pictures of naked woman whenever he gets the chance to, when he is in reality a police officer! He’s one of those persons that make you think, what is wrong with the world and how could some adult do that?! There is no need for me to say it obviously, but I hate that guy (named Clayton.)Thibault is sweet! And funny, easygoing, calm. The perfect man. The problem is…he’s just too nice. He is perfect but perfect doesn’t exist in reality (for me) and I couldn’t believe in him as much as I wanted to. He was likeable, yes, and a great character, yes, but this contemporary was just so…unrealitic to me. Like, how could this possibly happen? How could someone, in the army, find a picture with a woman which becames his lucky charm and he decides to find (and will find) that woman in question. Plus, that the woman in question is single... It could, maybe, but I can't/don't believe it. I enjoyed reading it though and will keep reading other books by Nicholas Sparks because they’re cute and bring different emotions out of me. Though it is not my favourite (Dear John is for now.)The romance is wonderful, as always. I would recommend this book but, if you have the choice between let’s say…The Last Song, Dear John and The Lucky One, in your place, I would personally choose Dear John then, The Last Song, and then The Lucky One. Happy reading!

  • Buggy
    2018-09-23 20:31

    ~ROMANTIC, SUSPENSEFUL AND ULTIMATELY HARD TO PUT DOWN~ Opening Line:"Deputy Keith Clayton hadn't heard them approach, and up close, he didn't like the looks of them any more then he had the first time he'd seen them."THE LUCKY ONE is another great read from Nicholas Sparks. Here we are given a story with a slightly darker edge and far more suspense then his usual soppy romance. Dog lovers and fans of The Guardian in particular will appreciate this engaging romantic suspense.One of the great (or not so great) things about Nicholas Sparks is that he doesn’t always give you a happy ending and it was with this in mind that about half way through -just as the flood waters started to rise, secrets began boiling to the surface and I was completely invested in the characters and their budding love story, I began to get nervous for the ending. I mean you just knew something bad was going to happen, the clues were all there but the real question that kept me turning pages at a frantic pace was… to who? Each chapter here has been written from a different characters POV incorporating Elizabeth; a divorced mother with a young son who along with her no-nonsense Nana run a dog kennel in their small North Carolina town, Clayton her ex-husband and the town sheriff (bully) comes from a influential family yet harbours some nasty little secrets.Iraq war veteran, Logan Thibault is our hero and alongside his dog Zeus has walked (yes walked) from Colorado in an obsessive search for the unknown woman from a photograph he found during his three harrowing tours of duty in Iraq. He believes the picture to be his good luck charm and directly responsible for keeping him alive. In the end all the characters merge for a predictable yet ultimately nail-biting ending.The last chapter is very, very sneaky with Sparks keeping you on pins for pages before finally giving up the ending of which I had no clue. I fell in love with all of these well fleshed out characters, each coming with rich personalities and history including several flashbacks. The love story is well done and as I said before not too soppy. Thibault is a quiet, tortured hero and just so damn lovely with Beth perfect as his caring yet tough partner. The antagonist is creepy and also well written yet because of who he is you can’t really wish him dead. Sheesh, I even fell for the boy and the dog. So yeah, I highly recommend another Nicholas Sparks novel.

  • Barb
    2018-10-02 21:56

    A typical NS book, which seems like a gender-reversal of "Message in a Bottle". It was an easy escape read, and the characters are all well developed. I actually hated reading the chapters on Clayton! What a creep! I love Zeus, who had a great handle on character reading!Almost feel that NS is becoming a bit Danielle Steeleish in his writing...formula, token sex, surprise of who died/lived.All in all...not a bad book for a cold weekend!

  • Tiffeny
    2018-10-15 20:38

    I picked up this book because I'd seen the movie preview and thought that I should really read it before watching it. Problem is, I have a real love/hate relationship with Nicholas Sparks. I'm a happy ending kind of a girl. I read books to escape the sadness, drama and sometimes craziness of life. I swear, every other time I read a Sparks book I swear I'll never read another. I don't like it when people find true love and then one of them dies or does something stupid so they're ripped apart forever (Dear John anyone?. How much did that blow?!!) Plus, that's not even that realistic because I know very few people that has happened to. Anyway, on with the review. . .SPOILER ALERT: I did a little research and determined that this one might be a safe one to try. I held my breath through a good portion of the book, but in the end, I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but at least it wasn't sad. As I was reading reviews I saw a lot of people complaining that this book was very stereotypical. Pretty, perfect people, a villian you love to hate. Well, that's probably true, but those are the books Sparks writes and most people like him for that. Like I said, some like to escape the reality of life a little. Overall, the book was a lot of fun. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the love story of it. One of Nicholas Spark's better stories.

  • AMEERA
    2018-09-24 15:55

    this book not for me cuz i'm not emotional person or search for romantic stories , i'm tough girl :D

  • Ashwood, 불
    2018-10-11 17:58

    “She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right ppl.”I really liked this one, simply a lovable great story, not perfect there were a few things that irked me about the story but besides that it was a great read.

  • Christy
    2018-10-01 14:59

    Nicholas Sparks is not a good writer. His dialogue is completely flat, and it doesn't help when he throws in comments such as "he liked her wit" when nothing at all witty had been said. I can only imagine he is working toward a certain word count when he describes every step of making tacos and homemade ice cream. I've heard that he disdains the label of romance author for himself, but most romance authors I read can write circles around him.

  • Jason Lilly
    2018-10-23 17:58

    I should have known what I was getting myself into.Okay... Let me begin with some positives so I can avoid being hunted down and beaten by the army of Nicholas Sparks fans.Sparks is an excellent storyteller and a master of the romantic motif. He is good at taking a timeless story element and putting a new spin on it. He is also good with pacing, using smooth and lyrical words during romantic moments and quick and terse words in the more suspenseful moments.However...There are few things more irritating than a writer who feels the need to explain everything to his reader. Sparks does this often, in all of his books. It is as if Sparks caters to a demographic of readers who do not want to think and just want to enjoy a book. I get that, but there are also those (a lot) of us out there who don't enjoy a book if it doesn't make us think. I know what an IED is. And if I didn't know, I would find out. In one scene, a group of college kids make a joke about crabs. I chuckled, until I read the next line in which Sparks explains the joke! This, in my opinion, is inexcusable.In addition to that, I have a serious problem with some character point-of-view issues in this book. Sparks names each chapter after the character whose third-person point of view he follows in that chapter. This is an admirable and challenging method. But he breaks it several times throughout the book in order to (once again) explain something that the character may not know.Oh, and there should be a law that romance writers are no longer allowed to say that a character "completes" another character. Overdone, overused, and it lacks originality.There also were very few surprises in this book. I won't say too much, because some readers may be surprised by some things. But I was not.The book gets three stars, however, because I did enjoy the story. Also, Logan Thibault was a likeable character, not too romantic-lead cliche, and had some depth. Nana was funny, lovable, and provided some solid heart for all of the characters. The rest of the characters, however, seemed straight out of the book of character cliches (strong, determined female lead, controlling ex-husband, conflicted child divorce victim).It may be a while before I read another Nicholas Sparks book. Maybe one day when I just want to read a good story with predictable characters, no surprises, and that makes me say, "Gee, that was nice" but probably won't stick with me long after I've finished it.

  • Ivy
    2018-10-14 20:46

    This wasn't one of my absolute favorites--just okay. I have read several Nicholas Sparks novels and I put this one in the category of "True Believer" and its sequel, "At First Sight".By now the author pretty much has a formula which he follows in most of his books: always set it his home state of North Carolina, there is always a storm where the plot twists and/or reaches its climax, someone usually dies, and the couples always fall in love and end up in bed--usually, boring, uninteresting sex ensues. This 14th novel is no different.Logan Thibault is an ex-marine in search of a woman whose photo he's been carrying for the past five years. He found it in the sand in Iraq and ever since he has carried it, he has felt lucky. It has helped him win big at poker games, and kept him alive in situations that, by all accounts, should have ended his life. His friend, Victor tells him he has a debt to pay to the woman in the photo as it has proved to be a lucky charm. When tragedy strikes, Logan follows his friend's advice and sets out on foot, with his dog, Zeus, from Colorado to North Carolina, stopping along the way to seek information about E.--the only letter of the woman's name found on the back of the photo.Upon entering Hampton County, Logan has a run in with the local sherrif who doesn't like the looks of him or of his German shepard. This sherrif later on becomes a big player in this story as he interferes in Thibault's life and plans. Here is where the action begins. Of course, Thibault finds the woman in the photograph and what usually happens in Sparks novels happens, but the story lacked the passion found in "The Notebook" and "Nights in Rodanthe". I don't feel like Sparks ever really peels back enough of the layers that make up these characters. I never get to know them as well as I should. A lot of his stories are just on the surface--and once in a while he ends up with a winner like the two previously mentioned books. For the most part though, his books are airport novels--an appropriate read to pass the time but it doesn't stay with you. I have found that to be the biggest disappointment with most of his books. NONE of them are keepers. Here is another one for the donation pile.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-08 22:40

    Whenever I go to read a Nicholas Sparks book my first (and usually only) question to anyone who has read it is "Am I going to cry?" I ask this because in many of Spark's novels the main character dies in the end often in a tragic way. Since, I now want fun books with happy endings, it breaks my heart when this happens. However, Sparks has such a rich and inviting writing style that even with these reoccurring tragic endings, I can't help but fall in love with any and all of his books. The characters come alive and the love stories are magical, yet real at time. "The Lucky One" is no different. It is a beautiful story with strong, animated characters. Logan Thibault is one of my favorite characters in literature. He is Veteran of the U.S. Marines and a quiet, confident man who is looking for his destiny. He finds it in Elizabeth, a single mom living in her hometown of Hampton, NC. Their story is beautiful and a delight to read. Once I started "The Lucky One" I did not want to put it down. The story is compelling and sweet. Sparks is at his best when writing this novel. And to answer the question of whether I cried...I did not. At least, there were no sad tears. But it is a story that stays with you, in a good way.I give "The Lucky One" five out of five stars. I love this novel and if you are a fan of Sparks' work or love stories in general then this is a novel for you.

  • Hiba Arrame
    2018-10-03 21:31

    Thank you Nicholas Sparks for the heart attack you almost caused me with that ending! I was this close ( ) to lose my mind over Logan.It's a beautiful story, beautifully written, and very enjoyable, it evokes faith, luck, destiny, all gathered in a former marine's life, and his journey to accomplish what had started in his life because of a photograph.IDK why! But I always find Sparks' stories so enjoyable, like they keep one's mind away from his own crap, and make it wander away in the era and place where the told story is taking place.I liked it, I actually loved it, I also loved Logan's character, boy, was he amazing! And I found myself sticking my tongue like a child at Keith in different parts of the book.

  • Anna Marie
    2018-10-06 21:45

    I read it because I can't watch a movie without reading the book, first. What I want to know is, HOW this man got so popular? He can't write for crap. Utterly unbelievable. First of all, we have Elizabeth, who is a single mom who is a teacher (think lesson plans, grading papers, gone all day, etc) who takes her son to chess/baseball/violin, who also cares for her grandmother (who had a stroke), AND co-runs a kennel/obedience school out of her home AND is carting her son back and fort to visitation... and on top of ALL of that, cans her own home-grown salsa. In. What. Time? Let's be a little realistic, shall we? Yet every time we see her in the book, she's just hanging out on the porch. Yeah. Right.Then there's Logan, who only exists in someone's imagination. A man who is that perfect does not live. He's a pianist. A violinist. Has a degree in Anthropology. Fixes cars. Trains animals. Is a war hero. Survived ELEVEN bombings in Iraq. Plays chess, makes kites out of garbage bags and straws like MacGuyver, is a prolific reader, WALKED from Colorado to North Carolina, has a bottomless wallet of cash only... it's just crazy.Then there's fun little stupid things like when Nicholas Sparks has Elizabeth planting thousands of tulips and daffodils every spring, so they can come up after the azaleas. Um... tulips and daffodils are PERENNIALS... they come up every year, you don't have to re-plant, Nick... and tulips are the FIRST things that come up, along with crocus and daffodils. The man drives me crazy.And I'm not even sure I want to see the movie. The book says Logan got a degree in anthropology, has done three tours of duty as a Marine in Iraq, has 'wild' hair and a vagabond appearance and "doesn't look like a college student"... and they cast Zac Ephron? You have GOT to be kidding me.And yet all of his books become movies. I don't get it.

  • AnnaMay
    2018-10-23 15:54

    Okay, so this book followed my reading of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. After that great work of literature, anything would pale, probably. Maybe I'm not being fair, but I really just didn't care for Sparks' latest. I've only read a few of his books, but already I'm seeing a pattern and I found myself getting bored and saying, "Awe, come on," throughout. The plot was too predictable, the characters were too generic, and I guess I just wasn't in to the whole storyline. The creepy cop ex-husband didn't help my desire to continue reading, either. Trite. That's how I'd describe it. Trite and that it left me feeling let-down. That being said, I read the book in a day....I kept wanting to be done with it and get it over with. While it was a rather harmless, quick-read romance, (which I like at times), I don't think I'll read another of Sparks' books. Too bad. I had liked previous books by him. He's gotta do better than this, though.Oh, and it kind of bugs me that he puts a full-blown photo of himself on the back cover of the book. What's that all about? I felt like I had to turn the book over so I didn't see him staring up at me whenever I set it down. Annoying. My husband is better-looking by far. I should have taped a picture of him on the book :).Maybe I'm too harsh, but that's my sum-up of this one.

  • Kelly Moran
    2018-10-16 18:42

    I found The Lucky One, by Nicholas Sparks, captivating. Nicholas Sparks is a #1 New York Times best-selling author with over fifty million copies of his books in print worldwide and translated into over forty languages. Other titles include: The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer, At First Sight, Dear John, The Choice, and Three Weeks With My Brother. Nicholas Sparks has also had four of his novels adapted into major motion pictures including: Message in a Bottle, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Nights in Rodanthe. Nicholas Sparks resides in North Carolina with his wife and family.While in his third tour of duty in Iraq, U.S. Marine Logan Thibault happens upon a half-buried photograph of a beautiful young woman, simply known as E. After no one has claimed it, Logan finds himself drawn to it and carrying it in his pocket wherever he goes. More importantly, he discovers it brings him luck. His friend, Victor, seems to think it was his fate to find it and calls it his lucky charm. Once he is back home in Colorado, Logan can’t seem to get the woman out of his mind. Understanding just how crazy it was, he sets forth on foot from Colorado to North Carolina in search of what very well may be his destiny. He didn’t have any illusions of what might await him, but he sure wasn’t expecting the instant attraction to Elizabeth, the sincere fondness for her Nana, the friction with her ex, Clayton, or to fall immediately in love with her ten-year-old son, Ben. Pursuing the path he chose and attraction for Beth, they ignite a passionate affair of the heart, never knowing that the secret of how he came about the photo could destroy everything he had waited his entire life to find.True to form, and with a power-house ending, it’s no secret why Nicholas Sparks has captivated readers worldwide for some time now. How rare it is to find a man who can craft a story in this genre with so much insight in the human condition, affairs of the heart, the importance of family- and to do it in a manner that always seems new and unique. I find that to be the best part of this author, that when he has you crying, laughing, or ready to spit nails, he has the power to make you believe that anything is possible- that fate and destiny are not myths, after all. (Insert sigh here), Another great read from a true gem in this genre.The Lucky One, by Nicholas Sparks, is an engaging, charming, and witty tale, determined to restore your faith in happily ever after again.Kelly MoranAuthor and Reviewer

  • Katie
    2018-10-15 21:47

    At least this one has a happy ending... I am noticing a pattern in Sparks' books though which is kinda disappointing because I have enjoyed the few that I've read, but it seems like they always contain the same core elements.One thing that annoyed me in this book (which, I realize, has nothing to do with the storyline at all) is that when they are making homemade ice cream, Sparks lists the ingredients they are adding which include a cup of flour. You don't put flour in homemade ice cream! Did that bother anyone else, or just me? Other than that, I always notice spelling errors in Sparks' books that a simple proofread could have easily corrected.

  • Ashley
    2018-09-22 21:57

    Started off a little slow, maybe because he spent so much time introducing the characters. It just got a little old and before I knew it I was 1/2 way through the book and not much had happened. But good thing you don't read the beginning last.I did like the story, I'm a sap for romance, I loved the character Logan.On a side note I couldn't get past some of the writing. For being such a famous author I would think they would use spell check or something before they published it. (Ex. finally was fnally). They even spelled one of the main characters wrong (Clayton was Cayton). And maybe I don't know enough about writing, but there was a phrase used that didn't seem to fit in the spot it was used. 'It was all Thibault could do not to laugh'. I get what it is saying here, I understand the phrase, but what is "it"? Any English majors out there? Ok I'm dumb for thinking way too much into this.I liked the book. Period.

  • Inés Izal
    2018-09-24 20:01

    Creo que Nicholas Sparks es mi autor favorito sin yo misma saberlo. Mi relación con él es bastante tensa, porque lo odio con todo mi corazón por esos finales tan crueles en sus libros, pero lo amo con toda mi alma por todas las historias de amor tan maravillosas que ha creado.Y tengo que decirlo o explotaré: ¡Por fin un final feliz!

  • Norah Una Sumner
    2018-09-22 20:52

    “It was their secret, a secret meant for just the two of them, and she'd never been able to imagine how it would sound coming from someone else. But, somehow, Logan made it sound just right.”Such a great book.I really liked the whole concept of this book,it's very interesting.Logan is such an amazing character,he's pretty much my new fictional crush.But I do agree that he should have told Elizabeth about the photo as soon as he met her,that would make both his and her life so much easier.Elizabeth is actually a really cool character,I liked her a lot.I like the fact that even though she got pregnant she went to college and got a good job.I also love Ben,he's a sweetheart.And,of course,Nana!She's a freaking bad-ass!The romance between Logan and Elizabeth was sooo charming and lovely.It wasn't rushed,it was perfect.And then there's Kit.That little motherfucker.It felt really strange and creepy to be reading the story from his perspective,I felt uncomfortable to be honest.I'm glad that he did care about his son after all and I like the fact that Elizabeth decided not to hate him.That's a healthy attitude.And that ending...oh my God (view spoiler)[for a second I thought that Logan died and I was sooo pissed off.Nicholas Sparks,WHY YOU DO THIS TO ME? (hide spoiler)]Overall,a short and sweet book.Favourite quotes:“She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people...” “When a man is that special, you know it sooner than you think possible. You recognize it instinctively, and you're certain that no matter what happens, there will never be another one like him.” “Good and bad, strengths and faults, he was hers forever.” “Doesn't surprise me," Nana snorted. "I wouldn't put anything past your late husband.""He's not dead, Nana."Nana sighed. "Hope springs eternal.” “How're the Broncos doing?""Like a bunch of carrots.""Is that bad?""Can carrots play baseball?""I guess not.""Then you have your answer.” ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Ashley Lovett anderson
    2018-10-23 16:57

    I always enjoy re-reading this book

  • TheBibliotheque
    2018-09-24 17:37

    “In the blink of an eye, something happens by chance - when you least expect it - sets you on a course that you never planned, into a future you never imagined.”Ah, Mr. Sparks. Crowned king of the romance, emperor of the love stories that hit you where it hurts the most. Allow me to be frank here, my dear Nicholas, I am slightly disappointed.The Lucky One has everything I need in a book for me to be moved and emotionally kicked (always in a good way, of course). But there was something missing, I seriously feel like there was a good chunk of pages missing from my copy. And it's a shame, really, because Sparks plotting lives up to all the hype. And the way he builds the characters relationships, slowly but carefully, tied me to the story in the matter of a few seconds. Okay, and maybe the fact that I loved Thibault since page one. But the main issue is that you would expect from the King of the cheese something BIG on the romance, and I am not talking about sex, no. But rather than show the awaited moment where these 2 main characters finally give up to the sparks (pun intented), he just tells the reader.Literally, "and then they kissed and made love" or "and then they saw each other for a few weeks". I don't know about you, but I am here for the cheese, and contrary to what everyone says about Sparks novels, this was low on the cheese and high on the character development. Which is okay, but also underwhelming.But don't be fooled, I still love Logan Thibault and I still enjoyed The Lucky One.Rating: 3.5/5

  • Shannon
    2018-10-17 22:35

    I was waiting for a flight, desperate for reading material, so I picked this up at the airport book stall. I read the summary on the back cover and decided it sounded better than a James Patterson book, but definitely wasn't going to set my world on fire. Wow, was I right.About a third of the way through, I was shaking my head at the complete and utter CHEESINESS of the story. So, I checked the front flap for the author's name and other works to make a mental note to avoid them in the future. I was certain it would be a female author; this book has all the hallmarks of girly, escapist fiction. But no, HIS name is Nicholas Sparks......hmmmmm, never heard of him. Then, I saw the list: The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember.....good grief, how did I miss this when I made my purchase? It should be noted that while I enjoy a good romance as much as the next girl, I try VERY hard to avoid cheese. (Except Twilight. I'll admit it; I read that series.) In fact, I was once forced by my little sister to watch the movie, The Notebook, and I have never laughed so hard in my life. Or felt so ashamed. But, I digress...Not only is the story cheesy, but Mr. Sparks seems to follow a cookie cutter pattern for his books, as well. Admittedly, I haven't read any of his other books, but enough of them have been made into movies that I've picked up the general gist. Let me see if I can predict his next book, shall we??? Emotionally unavailable, slightly damaged male figure meets super sweet heroine that's probably had a few hard knocks (divorce, a death, single motherhood, whatever) in life and together they overcome some epic drama that leads them to the meaning of love. Sometimes it ends on a happily-ever-after note; sometimes one of them dies. Vomit. To all of you who enjoy Nicholas Sparks' books, I'm sorry. Really.

  • Karen
    2018-10-17 18:54

    The famous Nicholas Sparks creates yet another amazing tale of lovers.Driven by luck and determination, Logan Thibult is in a search for a woman in a photograph that he found serving war in iraq. The photograph saved his life numerous times and with little persuasion by his friend Victor, he set on a journey to find the woman and repay the debt he felt he owed.Elizabeth, a woman who spent the rest of her life after highschool struggling through life as a single mother, is overwhelmed with her life. She's lonely because her ex-husband threatens all of her suitors and she feels as if she should give up on love once and for all.Logan then comes into her life and she experiences for the first time many things that she never had the chance to do. Logan faces the trouble of trying to tell her the reason why he's truly there and in the meantime falls in love with her.I recommend this book to individuals who enjoy romance...basically any Nicholas Sparks fan. The book went by fast for me, especially with the help of its descriptive words and mood that the text created.

  • CL
    2018-10-11 20:54

    I'm not going to lie: I read this book because I wanted to watch the film and I wanted to watch the film because Zac Efron is in it and I wanted to stare at Zac Efron for 90 minutes because I am shallow.I also wanted to read the book because I'm fascinated by the fact that so many of Nicholas Sparks' novels have been turned into films. Is he really that good or just he have an extraordinary agent?Well, I enjoyed this book. Between reading the blurb and seeing the trailer for the film, I knew exactly what I was in for and it delivered it well. I loved Zeus and Ben/Zeus/Logan's relationship. I feel that the ending and the way they resolved the whole Keith Clayton thing was a bit of a cop-out but at the same time I wouldn't have it any other way as I can now believe that Beth/Logan get their Happy Ever After.

  • Rodaw
    2018-10-18 22:34

    Všechny knihy od pana Sparkse mám prostě strašně ráda :-) A u Talismanu to bylo také tak. Je to velice jemný, milý, citlivý a romantický příběh, který se krásně čte. Celkově Sparksův styl psaní mám moc ráda, jeho knihy se mi čtou velice dobře! V téhle knížce se mi líbila přítomnost pejsků (Zoro - pejsek hlavního hrdiny - je prostě skvělý :-) ). Mohla bych tedy říct, že bych tuhle knihu doporučila i milovníkům pejsků...Příběh není nikterak náročný, asi je i lehce předvídatelný, ale Sparks umí lámat srdce vejpůl a já osobně jsem ráda, že v téhle knize ten konec... do přečtěte si sami :-) Takže knížku rozhodně doporučuji! Všema deseti :-) Všem dívkám a ženám, které mají rády romantiku a Sparkse :-)

  • kari
    2018-10-04 20:49

    This is the first Nicholas Sparks book I've read and I'll look for another. This book grabbed me from the first chapter, clearly written and intriguing characters and, even though I had a pretty good idea of where the plot was going and didn't really have any surprises, I still really enjoyed the story and how it was told.Logan Thiebault is a great character and I really wanted him to find his way and his HEA. Without too much detail, his experiences as a marine and how that affected his life were well-told and made him an easier character to understand, even the idea that he didn't really quite understand himself was easy to believe. His dog Zeus was a nice addition to his story, the fact that the dog was truly his best friend. I'm glad I took the time to read this one.

  • Ninoska Goris
    2018-10-10 21:41

    Una historia de como el destino nos sorprende y nos guía hacia el amor verdadero.

  • CC
    2018-09-24 15:00

    The cheese factor is pretty high for this one, people. When Logan Thibault, a Marine serving in Iraq, finds a picture of a pretty woman in the sand, his friend Vincent considers it to be Thibault's good luck charm. Thibault doesn't, but whatever. Once out of the Marines, Thibault tracks down Elizabeth -- the woman in the photo -- by walking -- yes, walking -- from his Colorado home to a small North Carolina town. There, he finds out she's a single mother. And her ex-husband, a deputy, is an asshole. But lo, Elizabeth runs a kennel on the side, and Thibault has an awesome German Shepherd. Clearly it was meant to be. Parts of the book were illogical... It's mentioned that Thibault attended Colorado University in Boulder. After graduation, he joined the military -- knowing he'd be sent to Iraq. Why? I haven't a clue. Apparently, neither does Sparks. Ahem... CU Boulder is a party school for rich kids. Tuition runs thirty grand a year. NONE of those kids sign up for military service upon graduation. At a state college -- maybe, if you were concerned you couldn't find a job. A community college -- sure, to give yourself a better life. But spending 120 grand on an education and then enlisting (for no reason) to possibly get killed in Iraq? No effing way.So there's that. In addition, the writing was just plain sloppy. Characters randomly appeared or disappeared for convenience sake -- Nana; or were brought in for huge chapters for exposition sake -- Melody, anyone? -- and then never mentioned again. Cliches and caricatures reigned. Clayton, Elizabeth's ex was an overwrought, unbelievable villian. But Thibault and Elizabeth were even worse...They're pretty. That's all. Elizabeth is a hot blonde -- which was mentioned 150 times lest anyone forget. And Thibault is six feet tall, blue eyes, strong, sexy, smart, pure-minded, a gifted musician, and endlessly patient with Elizabeth's ten year-old child, to whom he is an instant father figure. Sure he is. They had no points of view. No goals. They're pretty, so they must belong together. Oh, gawd. And the ending? COP OUT. At least be man enough as an author to have your characters HAVE to make that kind of hard choice. No, instead, "it" happens off the page, and by accident. The characters are wusses. I could kick both of their asses. But it's okay, because, hey, everyone's pretty.There was a tiny light of good dialogue for maybe ten pages between Thibault and Elizabeth. I longed for more of that. Also, the dog, Zeus, was awesome. In fact, I considered giving it another star just because of the dog. Essentially, there's no CARE here. There's no skill. It's all patched together without motivations or authenticity. It's like the author himself doesn't live in the real world. Does he know people like this? It's not possible. I mean, come on!

  • Laura V.
    2018-09-23 14:32

    3.5/5Siempre hay una primera vez para todo. Me gustó. Sip. No shame.Logan, encuentra esa fotografía en la arena y su suerte cambia completamente. Aunque no está seguro de lo que significa, la conserva con él durante cinco años. Cuando se encuentra más perdido de lo que hubiera deseado, decide ir en su busca. En parte le debe su vida, y en parte siente que algo debe hacerse.Esta parte es MUY extraña. MUY MUY MUY. Muy raro, muy perturbador, muy escalofriante. Un tipo que no conoces de nada, que duerma con tu foto bajo la almohada, que decida buscarte caminando desde Colorado a Hampton sin ninguna razón aparente da que pensar sobre la clase de tipo que es.Y el gran conflicto es ese. Lo dice la sinopsis, pero es gracioso. Keith, el ex marido de Elizabeth, también sabe que eso es raro. Completamente extraño y digno de algún sociópata. Es como si se hubiera burlado de la incoherencia de su propia trama. Que Sparks se hubiera dado cuenta de lo absurdo que suena que alguien en su juicio te busque con tanto ahínco. Sin conocerte. Solo por una foto que encontró en la arena. Tiene su gracia el asunto.Aún así, me gustó. Lo leí bien, me enganchó, no me dejó tirada en un charco de babas por amor a estos dos, pero mantuvo mi atención. Cosa que no creí posible. La otra pega es lo perfectos que son. Super perfectos. Super bellos. Super habilidosos. Como si no concibiera en el mundo un personaje que no tuviera más virtudes que defectos. Como si Elizabeth no pudiera permitirse envejecer. Porque como dice, parece que con la edad estaba más bonita que las universitarias con las que Keith salía. Pero sería una estúpida si pensara que es algo exclusivo de este autor, porque todo el mundo suele caer en los estereotipos. Pero qué se yo. Esperaba más.Lo que sí, sentí que Logan era de piedra. Aún con sus pensamientos, recuerdos y lo que fuera, era bastante imperturbable. No se siente natural ni al hablar ni al moverse. Irreal, creo. Como si no estuviera allí. Bah, deliro, pero me dio esa sensación de ser un personaje plano.

  • Cath
    2018-09-29 21:33

    “She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people...”Rating: 4/5 starsThis is my first Nicholas Sparks book. And OMG this was so awesome!! Like I totally loved it. To be honest I first thought that I would put it down after a few chapters; but then everything started to, you know, mix together so perfectly, that I couldn't help but loved it. The writing style was nice and simple, with no use of tricky words or hard-understanding stuff. Specially loved those little phrases Nana used with Elizabeth all the time. And such a curious fact that Nana named all the time Keith as the "late husband", like a premonition of what was about to happen later.The plot was nice developed and entretaining; all points of view highly interesting. Though I woud have loved one from Zeus point view :)The ending was shoking. Cause I totally did not expect that, but however, was good according to the story. And I have to admit that I had a little heart attack in the final scene (when Beth visits the cementery), cause for a moment, I thought that Logan had died and no. That could not happen. He is just so perfect and bae and gosh so hot.Also love the quoting and still have to see the movie (if someone has already seen it, can you tell me if it is a good one?).“In the blink of an eye, something happens by chance - when you least expect it - sets you on a course that you never planned, into a future you never imagined.”