Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Ahhh......there's no satisfaction quite like a Nicholas Sparks book. Ever since I fell in love with the movie Message In a Bottle years ago, I had to get my hands on anything Nicholas Sparks had ever written. And I have never not enjoyed one of his beautiful love stories. My sister Kati and I are even known to mark our calendars the day one of his new novels is marked for release. I would love to even meet him some day and have him sign one of the books I own.

So back to The Lucky One. The novel centers around U.S. Marine Logan Tibault and the picture of a beautiful woman he stumbles upon while on tour in Kuwait. Logan comes to believe that this picture is his lucky charm as it carries him through many near-death experiences. I won't say much more about it, because I hate to give anything away. If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks, you have to put this one at the top of your list, and if you've never read him before this is a great one to start with!

I was also very excited to recently learn that not even weeks after the book release of The Lucky One, Warner Brothers purchased the rights to make the movie!!! I actually haven't even seen Nights In Rodanthe yet, but I'm hoping to rent that one as soon as it comes out in Netflix. What can I say? I'm a total sap and he's my fav :-)

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.

Recommend: Absolutely!

Rating: *****


Brandie said...

I completely agree - I love Sparks, too! I get so excited when his books get released and I loved this new one. I got to see him at a speaking engagement once, and get his autograph. He's just as wonderful in person!! Can't go wrong when reading one of his books. Will always be my favorite author!

Anonymous said...

Kati did buy it the day it came out I think. Silly little girls and your romance novels. LOL.

Katrina Hope said...

I did, it's true. With my birthday gift from Kim, a B&N gift card I'd been saving since January for that exact purpose. I started it, and then had to put it aside till I finished this quarter- why must he always release them in September when I go back to school!!

(You misspelt Thibault..aww, look who is catching who's spelling now! As well- Warner had already cast the movie before the book was even released!! Channing Tatum is Thibault)

Julie P. said...

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Brasil said...

In this Nicholas Sparks novel, we find Logan Thibault, a former Marine stationed in Iraq, who survives three tours all because of a photograph of a beautiful young woman he finds in the sand in Iraq. He posts the photograph on a bulletin board, but the photo is never taken. His best friend Victor keeps telling him the photograph is a good luck charm, even though Logan scoffs at this notion. A few years after returning from the war, he sets out to find the woman in the photograph, walking all the way with his wonderful companion, a German Shepherd named Zeus. He finds the woman in a place called Hampton, South Carolina, where he finds Elizabeth.