I recently finished The Lucky One, another Nicholas Sparks novel. It was a quick ‘airport’ read, nothing too deep, nothing requiring much of my mind, a nice book to kick back and simply relax with. I’d say it was a bit predictable if you’ve read any of Spark’s stories set in a charming town somewhere in the South, boy meets girl, one of them has a secret and doesn’t share, the other finds out … dum dum dummmm…drama, it rains (for Sparks water seems to always equal bad news), there’s a crisis, it’s resolved, someone dies.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.
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.
Seriously, that synopsis covered the entire book, minus only a few details. I definitely did a fist pump when I read where the main character is from…DENVER! COLORADO! but sadly there are no details of my beloved state, none at all.
I’d say if you like Nicholas Sparks give this one a shot but please please please don’t look at the Zac Ephron movie posters before you do (he can’t pull off the Colorado vibe)
Have you read it? What’s your take?