I love Nicholas Sparks from the moment I finished reading ‘A Walk to Remember’ years ago. Since then, I have been reading Sparks, giving good enough breaks in between so I can enjoy all his books with the same intensity.
The Lucky One was picked by me randomly from the ones that I haven’t read yet. Before I begin with my review, I would love to write here itself that I loved reading it. So if you’re not into reading detailed review, you can simply grab it and enjoy it with a cup of coffee topped up with hot chocolate.
The Basic Plot and Setting
The Lucky One begins with Logan Thibault who is a U.S. Marine. While serving for the country in Iraq, he comes across a photo of a woman, half buried in the dirt. Just out of curiosity (or was it destiny?), he picks up the picture and keeps it in his pocket. From there onwards, the picture becomes his lucky charm.
Over the time, Thibault becomes convinced that his destiny leads to the girl in the picture. The haunting war memories and his friend Victor’s words fortify his thoughts further and he embarks on a journey to find the woman.
When he meets the woman – Elizabeth, a passionate romance brews between them and they fall madly in love with each other. But what about the secret Thibault has never told her – how and why he found her? Will this secret destroy everything that has changed in Elizabeth’s life after meeting Thibault? Will their relationship survive?
The First Impression
Frankly, The Lucky One grabbed my attention right from the beginning. The way things kick-started and the encounter of Thibault and Clayton was interesting. Thereafter, we get to know a brief about Thibault, who served in Iraq. There is a vivid description of the warfare and how it affects so many lives. The story does not stretch anywhere and maintains a steady pace, exploring one character at a time.
The narration keeps shifting to different characters’ perspectives. Even though it is written in third person, you get a fair idea that each chapter defines the person mentioned in the title of that chapter.
I loved both the protagonists – Thibault and Beth (Elizabeth). Both of them are excellently developed in the novel and both of them are so much likeable. You can instantly connect to them emotionally and start feeling for them through the twists and turns of the novel. Clayton, the ex-husband of Beth fits right into his shoes.
Then, there’s Ben, the cute little kid of Beth, who has been used brilliantly in the story. If you’re a dog lover, Zeus will surely win your heart. There are other characters as well, and none of them seemed forced to me. All the characters have their own space in the book and play an important role to help the story reach its climax.
What did I love about The Lucky One?
I loved the narration. Sparks hits the right notes at the right time. Throughout the book, you can feel a romantic aura surrounding you. Love brews gradually between Thibault and Beth and you fall in love at the same time with them. You find yourself praying for their relationship.
If you’re a fan of Sparks, you will find yourself wishing that the book does not end in an anti-climactic manner; something he is famous for doing. I won’t spoil it for you, but whatever happens fits extremely fine with the story.
There are some beautiful quotes and a lot of context that has been expressed brilliantly.
Why wouldn’t I add things that I did not like?
Because there is literally nothing I disliked about the book. No, it’s not perfect; definitely not as perfect as ‘A Walk to Remember’ or ‘The Notebook’ but I could not find anything that I did not like while reading The Lucky One.
Does not matter if you are a Nicholas Sparks fan or not,
The Lucky One will make you fall in love. You will laugh with the character and you will cry for them. Grab it the first thing if you haven’t read it yet. But then, probably I will say that for every Sparks’ book I have read so far.
Quotes Close to my Heart
She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people…
In the blink of an eye, something happens by chance – when you least expect it – sets you on a course that you never planned, into a future you never imagined.
It was their secret, a secret meant for just the two of them, and she’d never been able to imagine how it would sound coming from someone else. But, somehow, Logan made it sound just right.
You should be kissed everyday, every hour, every minute.