Book Review An Immersive Read The Lucky One
By Shabna Cader Ceylon Today Features
I always thought Nicholas Sparks had a way with words. I haven’t changed my mind in all the years I have continued to read his books. He still does and each and every book I’ve picked up has a special place in my heart.
The Lucky One was a birthday gift some years ago. Okay perhaps over a decade ago but time really makes no difference when it comes to a novel and a story as achingly beautiful and well-written as this.
US Marine Logan Thibault is on tour in Iraq. It’s dry and dusty. It’s been a long and tiring day. On his third day he comes across a half buried photograph of a young, beautiful woman. His initial reaction is to simply throw it away. Perhaps it belonged to another marine.
Instinct tells him to bring it back to base and he begins to search relentlessly for its owner. Days go by and no one claims the photograph of the smiling woman. He finds himself suddenly holding on to it and safe-keeping it in his marine gear pant. Strangely, he starts to experience a great deal of luck - winning hands at poker and even surviving a near death experience after an attack, that took the lives of his two best pals.
When he returns back home to Colorado, he can’t seem to get the face of the woman out of his mind. Believing that she holds the key to his destiny, he sets across the country on foot to find her. In Hampton, North Carolina, he finally comes face to face with Elizabeth.
Beth has her own battles and reality to face, and that including a son and an ex-husband who happens to be the town police officer. The first quarter of the book is quite slow-paced and may seem to drag for some chapters, but there’s a great deal of pathological thinking and descriptions that make up for the time spent until both main characters meet for the first time. I’d suggest taking your own time with this one, to fully immerse in the descriptive paragraphs and understand who and what makes up Logan.
If you’re someone who has read novels by Sparks before, this one will have you thinking back to some of the others for many reasons. The marine connection with Dear John, Beth’s little boy being so much like the one in The Last Song, and Beth herself being a single and divorced mum was much like that in Nights in Rodanthe.
There’s plenty of romance as always, and the tender sweet kind. There’s a bit of suspense thrown around for good measure and yet again, the kind that adds depth to the entire tale. The so-called ‘bad guy’ is not so typically but it’s clearly understood that the ex-husband is problematic from the get-go. As always it’s the bond and the relationships based on fate and love that really get me and will hopefully make you see that this is indeed a great read.