Title: The Lucky One
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
Page Count: 432
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with his signature combination of gripping, emotionally resonant storytelling and love overcoming all odds.
After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck — winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. 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 woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina – Elizabeth, a divorced mother — and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart — destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, THE LUCKY ONE is an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love.
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks is a contemporary romance that was originally published back in 2008 but is now being republished. Nicholas Sparks is an author that most folks know you can count on to tell a beautiful story so this one has been on my TBR and luckily enough I was gifted a review copy and finally got the chance to read it.
Logan Thibault is an ex marine that has a strange sort of mission to accomplish now that he’s back in the states. Logan had found a photograph of a young woman while in a war zone and when he couldn’t find the owner he kept the photo himself. When luck seemed to follow Logan every where his friend was insistent that the photo was good luck and he would need to repay the woman someday.
Armed with only the photo and the few clues it offers Logan set out across the U.S. in search of the mysterious woman. When Logan finally found the small town where the photo was taken he finally was able to approach Elizabeth but the truth of his arrival seemed a bit much to tell a stranger so Logan held off but as the two grow closer will that be the wrong choice?
As much as I’m not a huge fan of hiding something at the start of a relationship Nicholas Sparks still sold me on this romance anyway. Logan was such a deep character carrying the baggage of war with him that I couldn’t help but be behind him finding a HEA even with the lie of omission. Elizabeth also had so much in her past and present that both characters need to deal with that makes the suspense grow that I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. Then to top it all off we have Elizabeth’s son and Logan’s dog giving so many aaawww moments I just couldn’t help but fall in love. Definitely a great story from this great author.
I received an advance copy from the publisher.
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About the author:
With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include fifteen #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all of his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eleven of Nicholas Sparks’s novels–The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle–have been adapted into major motion pictures.