Sunday, March 2, 2008

2008 Book 16: The Choice

Book #:16
Book Title:The Choice
Author:Nicholas Sparks
Publisher:Grand Central Publishing
Pub. Date:2007
Started:February 28, 2008
Finished:March 2, 2008
Time to Read:4 Days
Back Cover / Inside Flap:"Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life - boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his close buddies - he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is until Gabby Holland moves next door.

Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the attractive redhead seems to have a grudge against him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Still, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heart-wrenching question of all: How far should you go to keep the hope of love alive?"

Review:This book was actually at the center of my Christmas gift-giving this year. I found the hardcover, on sale, at the bookstore near my eye doctor while collecting stuff for Chris. And since he and I both love Nicholas Sparks, I scooped it right up, even though it was a month before Christmas and shopping that early violates my principle of waiting until the weekend before Christmas to rush through my gift list.

On Christmas Day, with my father-in-law and step-mother-in-law visiting, we began opening presents early before the rest o' the family showed up for brunch at our house. Chris opened his copy...and was delighted. Imagine my surprise when, a present or two later, I also tore open a copy of the very same book! Our mutual interest in authors defeated us! We briefly toyed with returning one copy, but decided it was a cute story to keep both.

Getting back to the story...this is typical Nicholas Sparks...but not really. In this book, I kept waiting for the catch...for the twist...for the other shoe to drop. The entire first half of the book was entirely too happy to be from the pen of Sparks - surely, a pesky boyfriend wasn't enough angst to break up a burgeoning romance. But then...the second half. And WHAMMO. Dear Hubby reads slower than I do, and I really enjoyed watching him making his way through this book after I finished. When he got to that big turn...his reaction was priceless.

I'd always recommend Nicholas Sparks. Run out for this one soon!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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