In Nicholas Spark’s novel, “The Lucky One” he deals with the themes of fate and destiny; something most authors do not even try to attempt.
The novel starts off with a U.S. Marine, Logan Thibault, finding a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his third tour in Iraq. Instead of throwing the picture away, he decides to find her and to thank her for bringing him luck on the battlefield.
To his surprise, he encounters a woman —Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son named Ben and believes they are destined for each other. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping soon threatens to tear them apart.
Spark’s novels have usually been acclaimed to jump all over the place, but that was not the case in “The Lucky One.” The story is told in the eyes of the three main characters—Thibault, Elizabeth, and Clayton (Elizabeth’s ex-husband, villain of the story). By doing so, readers get every character’s point of view.
The way Sparks portrays his characters works very well from a reader’s perspective. They way he describes Thibault makes the reader fond of the character almost automatically, and the way he describes Clayton creates a bias opinion for the readers to feed off of.
“The Lucky One” keeps readers on their feet for most of the story, keeping them guessing until the very last page. Just like his previous novels such as “The Notebook” and “The Last Song” Spark’s does an amazing job portraying the intimacy and excitement Thibault and Elizabeth’s experience.
This book is definitely worth picking up, even for readers who are not fans of Sparks. This novel will not disappoint.