Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

While serving in Iraq, Logan Thibault comes across a laminated photo of a young woman that is signed "E" on the back, which he posts on his platoon's bulletin board in hopes of returning it to its owner. Weeks go by and no one claims the photo, so Logan decides to keep it in his back pocket for safekeeping. Strangely, there are several moments during the war in which Logan could have died, but he somehow manages to survive every one of them. His friend and fellow marine Victor attributes Logan's "luck" to the photo he carries around with him.

Returning from the war and convinced by Victor that the woman in the photograph is his destiny, Logan and his dog, Zeus, venture to Hampton, North Carolina, a town that is run by the Clayton family, resolved to locate her. Eventually Logan tracks down Beth, a single mother to Ben, when he starts working at the kennel which she runs with her grandmother, Nana. Not sure were all this is headed, Logan does not tell Beth about the photo.

Despite the unanswered questions of why Logan came to Hampton, Beth becomes smitten with him, especially since he reminds her of her brother, Drake, who died while serving in Iraq. In addition, unlike Beth's ex and the other men she has dated, Logan is genuinely nice to her son. Meanwhile, local police deputy Keith Clayton, Beth's ex-husband and a man who Logan had a run-in when he first arrived in town, is determined to make trouble for the couple.

In typical Spark's fashion, much of the narrative is devoted to Beth and Logan's developing romantic relationship, but he also builds up much tension with the vindicative Clayton. Readers will anxiously be turning the pages to see what Clayton will do and what will happen when the truth is finally revealed. The Lucky One is another winner from beloved author Nicholas Sparks!


Marisa-Information said...

I totally agree. It was a fantastic book by Nicholas Sparks. Great job Kara on that post. It was informative but didn't give away what happens!

Louise - Reference & Reader Services said...

I also enjoyed this book. While it very similar to some of his other stories and a little predictable, I could not put this book down! It was definitely a page turner, and I couldn't wait to see how things would turn out for Logan, Elizabeth, and Keith. I liked how each chapter was from a different character's point of view. Excellent book!

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