The Lucky One⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author: Nicholas Sparks


7/1/20232 min read

Book Blurb: 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.

Review: Another wonderful story by Sparks. As I have personal connections with the armed forces and veterans, this story got me personally. I can totally relate to Thibault as it is so hard to explain something, you can't explain yourself. The tension between Thibault and Beth is there every second and you're just waiting for the when and how. The conflicts in either one of them are beautifully portrayed and you feel for both of them. Keith, Beth's ex-husband, is another story. Nobody who reads the book can like him. Sparks did a wonderful job by turning him into one of the most disliked characters I've known. Again a beautiful story filled with conflict, tension and romance. You love Nicholas Sparks or you hate him, I don't think there are a lot of grey areas for fence sitters. The writing style of Sparks doesn't give you room for imagination, but it doesn't have to be. If you love reading books where your imagination will take over and you can build the world in your own head, then Sparks novels aren't for you.