"The Lucky One", a novel by Nicholas Sparks:My Book Review
There are not too many books that leave lasting impressions upon our memories. Books that we think about, remember, and are able to read over and over again. Anybody who has read a book that Nicholas Sparks has written knows that his novels are those special books you can't put down and can read repeatably. The books I have read by Nicholas Sparks are set in the south, with amazing descriptions of the land, the people, and how society works.
"The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks is a very special book, transporting the reader into the story, feeling the warmth of the southern weather, the feelings of the principal characters and you will find yourself laughing, missing a loved one, cheering and crying right along with the people in the Nicholas Sparks book and the feeling stays with you long after that last page is read. I was so fortunate to have come across this book and from the first page to the last, I lived and felt everything the characters did. This is definitely a book you will want to add to your collection of books.
The Lucky One-A synopsis
This Nicholas Sparks novel is a love story but also a story which deals with destiny, fate, and a blind belief in the wisdom of a true friend.
The story is centered around a photograph lost in the sands of Iraq. We learn that Marine Logan Thibault finds the photograph, one of a young woman. He posts the photo on the base bulletin board for the owner to find, but after time when nobody claims the picture, he takes it off the board and the photo goes with him during his next three duty tours. During some dangerous missions, when others died, Loan managed to survive. Victor, his best friend, firmly believes that the photo is a good luck charm, something Logan isn't so sure of. But Logan does appear to be the lucky one as is Victor, they both survive and return home to begin their lives again.
After some significant events in Logan's life during the few years after his return home, all involving the photograph, Logan believes in the importance of that photo then he decides to find the young woman pictured and return it to her. With a few clues in the picture, Logan is able to narrow down locations where the picture was taken, one of them being Hampton, SC. He makes the journey on foot, from Colorado, with one his amazing companion, a German Shepherd named Zeus. During the walk, healing and self confidence begins for Logan too.
Logan knows the woman's name begins with an E and a few other details so when he finally arrives in Hampton he decides to show the picture at a local bar, to people around her age. Her name is Elizabeth, called Beth, and she lives in town with her grandmother, her son Ben, and together they run a dog training and kennel on the property. Beth is suspicious of Logan, why did he walk from Colorado, why did he settle in Hampton, and why was he content to work a minimum wage job at the kennel. He doesn't talk much about his past, demons from Iraq and she is leery of men in general after divorcing Keith, a man whose family practically owned and ran the town.
As Beth's grandmother approves of and her son befriends Logan and especially his dog, Beth finds herself drawn to him as well. Slowly a relationship begins, both of them discovering trust, finding themselves believing in fate and destiny. Beth's ex husband plays a role in the novel, trying to control and manipulate as his powerful family had always done. You'll find yourself cheering for Logan and admiring his quiet strength.
During the novel Logan and Keith continually encounter each other and Keith is left feeling threatened by Logan's presence and his role in Ben's life. Logan himself, falling for Beth, questions his decision to find Beth and the role the photograph plays. Life becomes precious to all of them when an accident threatens to change everything.
Finally a Feel Good story
This Nicholas Sparks' novel is a gem. Sensitive and exciting at the same time, this is a book you have to read. Curl up and get comfortable, you will read page after page, losing yourself in the story of Beth and Logan. The warm South Carolina weather, Beth's grandmother's homemade ice cream, a porchswing, and the journey Beth takes to find herself and to trust another with herself.