The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

lucky-oneWhen U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds 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.

I told myself I wasn’t going to read any of Sparks’ books for a while, and then, low and behold, the library calls saying The Lucky One is ready to be picked up now. Go figure.

The Lucky One starts out really, really slow, and almost half the book is devoted to introducing and understanding who the characters are before the actual story starts. And, as I’m starting to find out is typical with his latest books, it is totally predictable and fluffy until the last twenty or so pages. Then, and only then, is it worth the money.

That combined with the fact that Thibault (despite not being able to pronounce his name in my head) is a very interesting character and my adoration of the dog, Zeus, and his interactions with Beth’s son, Ben, are the only three reasons why I gave The Lucky One anything high than a big fat goose egg.

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Book Mentioned:

  • Sparks, Nicholas. The Lucky One. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2008. Print. 326 pgs. ISBN: 9780446579933. Source: Library.
Book Cover © Grand Central Publishing. Retrieved: February 11, 2009.
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