Author: Nicholas Sparks
Format: Hard Cover
Published September 30th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing
Source of Copy: Gifted from a friend for birthday
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.
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My friend gave this book to me knowing I loved Nicholas Sparks. Like all Nicholas Sparks book this is a romance. I love the idea of this story. I am not the super romantic type but I do enjoy a good romance book and my tear jerkers. This book lives up to all of my expectations. This is the perfect book to read on a rainy day.
The thing I love about this book is that its an easy escape. Of course you fall completely in love with the characters as they fall for each other. And I love the dog! Being a dog person myself I always enjoy when an author adequately describes the love and relationship you can have with your canine friends. I also love the side characters. I really enjoy when other characters are brought fully to life in a novel besides the leading lady and or man.
I am not always a fan of Sparks endings and I don't like to compare authors to each other or their previous work. That being said, I love happy endings. This book might not have had the best ending but at least the couple end up together.
I also love the lucky charm mentality. I love my lucky charms/habits that I do when preparing for big life moments. I think its great that this solider has something to hold onto during tough times and seeks out his lucky charm to thank her.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and found a hard time putting it down. I would highly recommend this book to any romance fan, but beware it has its sad moments.