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!

Acknowledgment; The writers world

This site must perform a double duty. In setting it up, I have depended upon steadfast friends, family and teachers. Your countless acts of generosity, guidance and words of wisdom have made me who I am. Most importantly, I must take this opportunity to thank you all for your collegiality and support over the last close to three decades.

I naturally begin with my parents, Daniel and Mercy, who brought me up and ensured they did all what responsible parents should do. To my brothers, Mathew, Naftaly and Kelvin, you are such amazing guys. Life would not have been any fun without you. The good and the bad things we did together have made us a complete quartet. For my one and only sister Tabby, I love you. You survived the storm of roughness from the men in the family. You’re the best sister we have. This is and has been a family effort.

To my writing coach, Amos Bur Keywo, I salute you. It is not a cliché to say that this far would not have been possible were it not for your guidance and the discipline you instilled in me.

To my  colleagues who we started together this long journey as literature committee of the Main Campus Christian Union, University of Nairobi, you have read my articles with great creativity and always correcting me with love. I take this positively. Led by Jelimo Kipturu, who I deputised then, the foundation was laid firmly.

For Luciey Ngotho, I am proud to say that you have been a great friend. Your stock of wisdom and creativity always make me feel inferior before you. Just to mention, …….silence please……, I like your character. Whenever I see you, I see Alice in Wonderland. We can take a walk in the rain together and wander in the forest and where we will stop, we can read a book together. I suggest we coffee thereafter. Is Kobi Foora okay with you?

My buddies, James Ken, Sovinga and Mocklem, part of what you do is to generate ideas and teach. How the World brought us together has rather unusual genesis. Integrity and Decency Forum was meant to bring us together. We can always meet and meat. You men are great.

In the corporate World, I will no forget to invoke Rosemary Mburu. Rose, only God knows where you were harvested. My time with you has been great. Seeing the girl and the lady in you manifest at the same time is rather unusual. You know.…….. What is with you Rosemary?….. I will do some sanity check later…… The Borana side of you make my days. With you I am never disponible, neither are you. Isn’t it?

Writing to me has not been easy. Sometimes experiencing a writers block. Many are the instances I have been blank. Words completely gone. With more than fifty drafts of articles pending approval and completion, I feel I shouldn’t have started this. But the adventure is nice at the very end. Glaring on a blank word doc is not a walk in the park but we are weathering it.

I also wish to thank all those who have in one way or another made it possible. To all my friends, it is not possible to mention you all here. I value you very much. The world of words is held together by your vision, leadership and ownership of the books and literature around you. Many of the specific ideas on how and why to write has always been from you. You have kept me on track and on time. I woe you to more words. Thank you!

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