reading list: the lucky one

as part of my 23 in 2k12, i made a goal to read at least 12 new books. I say new because i’m quite guilty (and usually pretty content) to read and re-read the book already on my shelf – to the point where i basically know them my heart. i also amended that these should be physical books, as part of the goal is to relax and take time to disconnect while i’m reading.

i started the first book on sunday. casey bought it for me as a way to keep me quiet during the long wait for his doctor’s visit on monday – he knows me too well! i’ve been waiting to read it for a while, but i was hesitant because of all the hype.

feel free to call me out for jumping on the bandwagon, but i’ve always loved Nicholas Sparks’ books (even before The Notebook), and The Lucky One is no exception. It’s all I can do to put the book down and not read it all at once. I read a total of 100 pages sunday night and another 123 in the doctor’s office on Monday – only around 100 more to go!

here’s the text from the back of the book:

When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. 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 photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.

i will say that sometimes the summary on the back of the book can give too much away, but in this case if i hadn’t had this info to go on i would have been totally lost until about three chapters in. 🙂 i’ll be back to give you my thoughts when i’m finished (which could very well be tonight, but no promises).

what are you reading?
have you read The Lucky One?
if so, what did you think?


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