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The Lucky One [Paperback]

Nicholas Sparks
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Book Description

4 Dec 2008

Is there really such a thing as a good luck charm? Ex-soldier Logan Thibault thinks he just might have found one. Haunted by memories of the friends he lost in Iraq, Logan knows how fortunate he is to be home. He believes that a photograph he carried with him, a picture of a smiling woman he's never met, kept him safe. Even though he knows nothing about this woman, he hopes she might hold the key to his destiny.

Resolving to find her, Logan embarks on a journey of startling discovery. Beth, the woman whose picture he holds, is struggling with problems of her own: her volatile ex-husband won't accept their relationship is over and threatens anyone who gets too close to her. And, despite a growing attraction between them, Logan has kept one explosive secret from Beth: how he came across her photograph in the first place . . .

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (4 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847441130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847441133
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With over eighty million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include eleven No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Eight of his novels have been adapted into major films: 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, and follow him on Twitter: @NicholasSparks.

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There are only two people who can get away with writing chick-lit: Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks . . . Sparks has delivered another brilliantly addictive read **** (London Lite)

A strictly curl-up-on-the-sofa-on-your-own affair . . . A guiltier than guilty pleasure - race through it with lots of tissues ****' Heat ('This is a journey of amazing discovery and a top page-turner')

Closer ('Sparks writes unashamedly romantic novels that make women weak at the knees . . . Once again, Sparks certainly flies')

Daily Mirror Book of the Week ('This one won't leave a dry eye')

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From international bestseller Nicholas Sparks comes an unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spark's best till now!!!!!!! 26 Jan 2009
Nicholas Sparks has always written stories where happiness and tragedy meet, full of little co-insidencies changing people's lives forever. Some might call his books sentimental, which may be true, since they are always about love and often about sadness as well.

"The Lucky One" takes Spark's authorship a bit further. The story is less dreamy and more realistic, even at times pragmatic - in spite of the belief in a lucky charm.

Logan Thibault has served three periods as a marine in Iraq, all three times together with his best friend Victor. In Iraq Logan finds a photograph of a young woman, probably lost by another soldier. Pinned on a board, the picture is, however, never claimed and for some reason, after that Logan always carries the photograph with him.

That's when Logan starts going on a winning streak in poker, and even after some of the toughest combats, Logan always survive, while those around him die. Soon there is talking among the other guys, who start to avoid him. Logan is not superstitious but Victor claims it's the photograph which protects him.

As both guys make it back to the States, Victor tells Logan to find the girl in the picture, convincing him it is his destiny.

And so it is that Logan and his German shepherd Zeus walk from Colorado to the small town of Hampton, South Carolina, where they find not only Beth and her son Ben, but also Beths ex-husband Clayton.

The rest of the story is not given, but is full of love, doubt, surprises and even suspense. It's differenf from Spark's other books inasmuch that it's surprisingly straightforward, with little beating around the bush.

The book is a page-turner. The characterization is strong and to the point with a lot of humour. There is surely the good guy and the bad guy, but somehow that seems as it should be - and could be - and not a fairytale cliché.

Spark's best till now!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! 6 Aug 2009
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just wanted to say, all us Nicholas fans know that the starts are pretty poor the middles are interesting but it's the endings that we read the book for! and this one by fare takes the cake! was so brilliant, literally had me on the edge of my seat till the very last lines, and then I was in tears! unpredictable ending with unforgettable characters, and he really does make you hate the bad guy and love the goodies in this one! of all his books this is my favourite so far! :-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant from start to finish 18 May 2012
By Becka
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I have read a few of Nicholas Sparks book but this one is my favourite. It was absolutley brilliant, I was completely hooked on it. I was so dissapointed when I finished it. It made my heart melt.
Completely compelling story that i would reccomend anyone to read, whether your a Nicholas Sparks fan or not.
I have read many many books and this story will definitley stick with me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Had to read before watching the film! 8 April 2012
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This will actually be the first Nicholas Sparks book that I've read before watching the film version as for all the other books that have been made into films I have either never read the book (Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and Nights in Rodanthe) or read them afterwards (The Notebook, Dear John and The Last Song).

Logan is an ex-Marine who has been drifting since his return from his third tour of Iraq. During a fishing trip with a fellow veteran, he was advised that he wouldn't settle until he located the woman in the photo that he carried with him at all times. A photo that he found in Iraq that appears to have kept him safe during many troubling times during his last tour in Iraq. But who is she, who did the photo belong to and how will he find her?

He eventually identifies that the photo was taken at a fair in Hampton, North Carolina so sets off walking cross country with his dog Zeus. When he reaches town, after an encounter with the local sheriff, he decides to check into a motel and begin his search for the girl. He decides to show the photo to single men in the local bars to try and identify who she is but is uneasy when he then sees one of the men go to the phone to call someone so he leaves.

His first encounter with Beth is when he turns up at the kennels that she runs with her Nana looking for a job. They take him on and they soon settle into a friendship, then romance, but he doesn't tell her why he had arrived in town. Beth's son, Ben, especially loves Logan and Zeus being around as he's able to play chess with Logan, something his father hates as it's not manly enough, and play hide-and-seek with Zeus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read for a rainy afternoon 6 Mar 2010
This was the second novel I read from Nicholas Sparks, and though after Dear John I concluded his writing was not for me I couldn't resist picking up The Lucky One because of its exciting plot (see above) (as I have already confessed, I'm a huge war-time-romance junkie).

I enjoyed reading The Lucky One, the plot was exactly what the blurb led me to expect, no disappointments there.

The characters were interesting and I loved that Sparks made them complex, he gave them history, memories, backgrounds and thoughts. Ben also became a little 3D kid, so real I could completely picture him in his glasses playing chess seriously. Nana and her sayings sometimes made me wonder, trying to decipher the hidden meaning behind her words and when I did, it made me laugh, she definitely is a character!

My only compliant in the character development compartment is Keith Clayton, the ex-husband of Beth and father of Ben. Sparks made him a true villain: a creepy pervert, a bully who's having anger issues and exploits his child. I'm sorry he made him such a one-dimensional bad character, it would have been better for the novel if he had given him a few qualities to accompany all these faults.

I also loved the structure of the novel, that we got to know Logan and the meaning behind some of his actions and decisions chapter by chapter through flashbacks as he remembered his tours in Iraq and his time with his mates and Victor.

I think one of the strongest trait of the novel was Sparks' vivid description of the southern life: I could feel the heat, the humidity and completely picture the setting, the narrative really transported me to the scene of the story.

My second complaint is regarding the ending of the novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love Nicholas Sparks books and this is just as emotive and addictive as all of his others. I really can't put them down once I start reading!
Published 1 day ago by Miss JC
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Published 11 days ago by joanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I loved this book I found it so gripping and good to read and I couldn't put it down and i am a person who doesn't do a lot of reading.
Published 23 days ago by Ellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is worth reading or seeing the film, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and would recommend it. It is a chick flick really not what I call a film can get into but them again, I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by roz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Title recommended by Amazon. Never heard of him before. Will definitely read some more of his books, as soon as I can.
Published 1 month ago by Mr R Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
Not mind blowing or tear inducing (like the notebook) but a.nice easy read. Review by Susan Salmon wife of chrisEsalmon.
Published 2 months ago by Mr C Salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
As I'd already seen the film and such a book lover, I just had to get the book and I loved it better than the film :)
Published 2 months ago by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Love Logan, so easy to read. Good ending. Lovely story. Nice to know that there can be some calm after the storm.
Published 2 months ago by NIKKI
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Read
I had watched the film before I had read this book and i loved it but the book was so much better that it actually reduced me to tears (even though I knew what was happening! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rhianydd Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky one
Great book. I like this writer. I've read the notebook and loved that too. I will be getting more of his books.
Published 4 months ago by chester
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