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The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Pages [hardcover]: 326

Favorite Characters: Logan & Ben


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.


 I picked up this book mainly because I knew there would be a movie coming out about it next year, and I’ve been meaning to read more Nicholas Sparks, anyway. The novel sounded interesting, but I had no idea just how wrapped up in the plot I would get, or how much  I’d end up loving this book.

The characters were interesting, and different. I liked Logan most of all, maybe because he was so hard to figure out. At first I was thinking that he was a simple, not very complex person, before I relaxed there are layers to him. Everything he does is for a reason, whether he acknowledges it or not. It sets him apart from the rest, in a good way.

The setting was lovely, and I could really picture everything that was going on. I liked that imagery, and it helped to draw me further into the book. I couldn’t stop flipping the pages, and ended up staying up late just to finish. With all of the twists and turns, the unexpected additions and a wonderful ending, I wasn’t wanting for drama.

I liked how the ‘luck’ theme pervaded the book, really tying everything together, both bringing characters together and pulling them apart. I loved reading about Logan’s backstory, and seeing what had led him to this part of his life. This Nicholas Sparks book is great, and definitely makes me want to read more by this author. I give The Lucky One 4/5 stars. Definitely recommended!


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