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When Jude met Lisa, it was love at first sight. Theirs was a match made in heaven. Jude had just secured a job with a weekly magazine immediately he graduated from college. An apt and avid lad, Jude was soon to head a sister bulletin the company initiated. It was here he met Lisa. A thousand assorted jewels rolled into one. Their escapades began and it was all pomp and glamour for the duo in love.

 
It was sparkling lights when the two drowned in each other’s love. Every day broke in new colors, brilliant and fascinating. They delighted in each other bathing the illumination of their affection, the multiformity of Elysian bliss. This emotion occupied them, gave them a new leash of life, a direction, a thing to live for.

 
Their colorful wedding was in summer. It was a generous procession; the hallmark of two in love. It went down smooth, glad and gay. It was a ceremony to behold, one they would forever cherish. They were young and eager to live their love as a single soul, hearts beating as one. One imbedded in the other. The gloom of life was hovering above them, and they were not to escape unscathed.

 
In their first year of marriage, everyone envied them. Their affection was breathtaking, the charms of their incomparable love glowing in blinding flames. Continually, and their love grew a thousand fold each day. They got used to each other, fascinate and inspire, and soon Lisa was heavy with child.

 
The birth of Jayden was received in merriment, especially after a tense feel owing to labor complications that nearly killed Lisa. Jayden was all the family was waiting for, an ideal icing on their fiery love. He was adored. The baby however showed inconsistent reflexes, posture and balance. The doctor confirmed their fears, Jayden had cerebral palsy. Lisa had to bear the blunt of life and could no longer manage her job. She eventually resigned to tend her beautiful boy. Jayden had partial paralysis and his condition seemed to escalate by the day.

 
When little Jayden attained school-going age, it was different for him. He was to be schooled at home. Lisa just would not let him go. She now portrayed heartache in her demeanor but professed love and more affection for Jayden. Her baby boy would hardly walk, his voice was retarred and slurry. He got along slowly though he virtually missed most. Lisa wouldn’t enroll him into a special school. She would rather be with him. He grew slowly but nothing quite changed.

 
Lisa was in and out of hospital for Jayden’s endless bouts of sickness. The once joyful existence was fazed by a dark cloud. It weighed down the family, crippled their fanfare and outings. Their finances were also strained with Jude having to work at odd hours.
The pretty woman wheeling a sickly boy became Lisa. Her life changed from bad to vile. She was persuaded to hold on. Jude encouraged her on.

 
Poor Jayden lived to the age of eight. He did not see it through surgery. That same evening, Lisa was admitted to hospital. Devastated, she had tried to take her own life.

Book Review: The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The gripping page turner, The Lucky one, is Nicholas Sparks’ romance novel with a collision between love, happiness and tragedy. Nicholas achieves in putting different episodes of romance and tragedy but still leaving his readers engaged throughout the read and feeling as if they were part of the events.

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In his third peace keeping tour to Iraq, US marine Logan Thibault comes across a picture of a beautiful smiling woman half buried in the sand. His first thought is to toss it off but he instead pin it on a board convinced that the one who lost it would soon claim it.

Weeks later, the photograph is still unclaimed and he decide to pick it and put it in his pocket.  Throughout his operation in Iraq, Thibault has unusual win in poker game than he has ever had before and survived several terror attacks in which his close friends perish. Only one of his friends, Victor, survives. Thibault shares with victor about the photograph which Victor explains to him to be his lucky charm and that he owes the woman in the picture.

Both Victor and Thibault move back to the US and resign from the marine.

Back home in Colorado, Thibault will not find peace and embarks on a mission to search for the woman in the photograph. He walks all the way from Colorado to Hampton with his German shepherd dog, Zeus and arrives in Hampton only to meet his lucky charm is Beth Clayton, a divorced young woman with a young son, Ben.

Beth soon gets attracted to Thibault and learns that the most ordinally things could be made extraordinally by simply doing them with the right people. She enjoys a relationship that she had never experienced before as their bonds continued to grow.

Thibault will later learn that Keith Clayton, the divorced husband to Beth is a sheriff who he had a rather dangerous encounter in his walk from Colorado to Hampton and who he holds sensitive secrets. Clayton seems disturbed by the fact that both Beth and Thibault are getting along well and that Thibault continues to frustrate him.

The secret of the photograph that Thibault continues to keep to himself will soon threaten to tear them apart and endangering their lives.

Clayton does not survive the whole ordeal and Thibault will later be the Lucky one as Victor would tell him. It’s a book you will not help but keep glued to it as you turn the pages.

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Nicholas Sparks is a fiction and romance writer whose all books are among the New York bestseller. Some of his other books include, The Notebook, Dear John, A walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, A Night in Rodanthe, See Me, The Best of Me, At First Sight, The Longest Ride, The Guardian, True Believer, The Choice, Three Weeks with my Brother, The Last Song among others not to forget his latest novel, Two by Two.

His books can have also been acted as movies and continue to hit major screens in theatres.

NB: Never judge a book by its movie though!