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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Export ed edition (6 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847440916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847440914
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,623,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With over eighty-five million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Nine of his novels have been adapted into major films: The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.

Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him and sign up for the Nicholas Sparks eNewsletter at www.uk.nicholassparks.com, and follow him on Twitter: @NicholasSparks.

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Will have you weeping for the joy and tragedy of it all (DAILY MAIL)

A page-turner . . . Sparks's fans won't be disappointed (Glamour)

Deeply moving, beautifully written (BOOKLIST)

Very moving (Closer)

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No 1 New York Times bestseller Nicholas Sparks turns his unrivaled talents to a new tale about love found and lost, and the choices we hope we'll never have to make.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Travis Parker is a good-hearted man with lots of friends, but he's never found the right woman. His complaint? They all depend on him too much for choices.

Life quickly changes for Travis when irate Gabby Holland, his next-door neighbor, barges into his life to complain about his dog. One thing leads to another, and the two spend an increasingly compatible weekend together that leads to mutual appreciation.

Many years later, something unexpected happens that forces Travis to make one of those decisions that none of us ever want to make. I can't tell you more without spoiling the story.

It's a very bizarre book in terms of structure . . . less than bare bones. You spend most of the book on having two people become acquainted in a few days and then fast forward into one point in the future. It's like reading two acts of a five act play (the first and last). I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if it had covered more ground in the book, rather than in my head.

I also didn't like the ending all that much. I won't say more.

If you are a big Nicholas Sparks fan, you'll probably enjoy the book . . . but don't expect anything special except in terms of the ways he describes Travis as a model for men to emulate . . . and women to appreciate.

Be patient, kind, and considerate . . . always.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Mancey on 4 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
One of my fave films is 'The Notebook' so popped into my local library to borrow a copy for my jollies. They didn't have it in BUT they did have this,'The Choice' so I borrowed it.
My usual choice of reading is chick lit - I worship at the altar of Chris Manby, Sophie Kinsella and Jill Mansell, so I was intrigued to see what I would make of this, and you know what? It ain't half bad!
I'm always a bit sceptical about reading books written by men - what do they know about shopping, shoes and relationships?? Nicholas Sparks has converted me though. So okay, there isn't much shopping and shoes, but he writes about relationships with feeling and insight. He could almost be a bird! The story is a tad predictable, but at the end, it really had me guessing (although that could be because I'm not very intuative!) Very easy and relaxing to read, ideal for long, hot summer nights with a glass of chilled wine in one hand and a bar of chocolate in the other.
Nicholas, I salute you, and I shall continue to read more of your fab novels. 'The Notebook' should be in my local library this Wednesday - I am counting down the hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
I've not read too many of Sparks' other novels before- aside from `The Notebook' and `A walk to remember,' coincidentally both of which have been made into brilliant, albeit `weepy' films. It was safe to say that with this one I was anticipating another tear-jerker.

In this novel, commitment-phobic Veterinarian Travis and his pretty new neighbour, doctor Gabby, don't exactly get off to the best of starts. An initial misunderstanding leads to an air of awkwardness between them, which is at times funny and sweet, albeit predictable. After the initial humour and romance however, the book soon veers off into Picoult-esque territory with a heartbreaking turn of events which causes Travis to have to make the most difficult of choices.

The book started out promisingly enough and held my attention all the way through- the characters are fairly likeable and the coastal setting added another dimension to the novel. Unfortunately however, for me the ending was just too contrived; without giving anything away, it felt as if it was pandering to the audience, rather than what should have or *would have* happened and the event itself (the supposed premise of the story) seemed pretty glossed over and therefore ruined what was a fairly decent romance novel. For that reason, I'm giving it three stars. A good beach read admittedly, but I certainly didn't need any tissues!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
Travis Parker is a good-hearted man with lots of friends, but he's never found the right woman. His complaint? They all depend on him too much for choices.

Life quickly changes for Travis when irate Gabby Holland, his next-door neighbor, barges into his life to complain about his dog. One thing leads to another, and the two spend an increasingly compatible weekend together that leads to mutual appreciation.

Many years later, something unexpected happens that forces Travis to make one of those decisions that none of us ever want to make. I can't tell you more without spoiling the story.

It's a very bizarre book in terms of structure . . . less than bare bones. You spend most of the book on having two people become acquainted in a few days and then fast forward into one point in the future. It's like reading two acts of a five act play (the first and last). I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if it had covered more ground in the book, rather than in my head.

I also didn't like the ending all that much. I won't say more.

If you are a big Nicholas Sparks fan, you'll probably enjoy the book . . . but don't expect anything special except in terms of the ways he describes Travis as a model for men to emulate . . . and women to appreciate.

Be patient, kind, and considerate . . . always.
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