Friday, January 20, 2012

The Lucky One

The Lucky OneThe Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

If I cried over these things I would have at some point, I will admit that I was on the verge though and that's really not usual for me.

And yet I still didn't give it a 5, I don't know why, it's a pretty amazing story and it's so easy to get swept up in it. I think what it was is that the emotions are so strong and you get so caught up in them, they might have been a bit over whelming which resulted in me having to reread certain sentences to fully comprehend what was being said. But then again I sometimes do tend to reread like that so maybe I was just trying to absorb it, either way the parts that I had to look back at were just really loaded. And I actually realized last night that's exactly why a lot didn't have to be said; he could get major scenes out of the way in less then two paragraphs and that is beyond great because, again, it made it so easy to get caught up in the story.

I had to fight myself not to read ahead to the next page and actually had moments where I found myself gasping -normally from me jumping to conclusions on what was going to happen but still.

Since it centers a lot on fate and destiny I might have wanted a little more of that, mostly because at times it just felt somewhat thrown in, but all in all I really liked it.


  1. Dropping by to see if you're still doing the Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon. If so, be sure to sign in at the starting line when you start reading. The post will be up at midnight tonight (Monday, 1/23 at 12:00am CST U.S. time). Hope you're still with us. =O)

    1. I'm still in, thanks for the reminder.