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In hindsight, my choice should have been to read something better...,
This review is from: The Choice (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!