“After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Irag, he experiences a sudden streak of luck, winning poker games and even surviving deadly cobat. 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 woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels when his search leads him to Elizabeth, a divorced mother in North Carolina with a young son–and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, Thibault’s secret will soon threaten to tear them apart, destroying not only their love, but also their lives.“
That synopsis makes the story sound more dramatic than it actually is. But, compared to the last Nicholas Sparks novel I read, this one actually lives up to the hype. So long as we forget that the epilogue exists.
What I’ve noticed in the two Nicholas Sparks novels I’ve read, is that the author really does spend more time in the falling in love rather than the resolutions. True, in the case of The Lucky One, the conflict really isn’t that big of a deal. But as a reader, I was expecting the synopsis to just tease until the middle of the story–not reveal what happens until the end.
Yes, Thibault’s secret doesn’t come out until a few chapters prior to the end. And author Nicholas Sparks even writes in one of these remaining chapters that whatever brought the character to North Carolina is just beginning.
How can it be just beginning if you’ve already gone through 7/8ths of the book? Serious question.
That aside though, The Lucky One is one of Sparks better novels recently. If I’m to pick up another Sparks novel, it will only be if someone tells me that it’s at par with his older books. Where there are no promises of love and lives being destroyed. Where the promises aren’t dealt with in the last chapter, with barely any consequences addressed in the epilogue.
Well, maybe not all of them.