The Lucky One

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In his 14th book, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.

After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good ...

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Overview

In his 14th book, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.

After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph -- his lucky charm.

Back home in Colorado, Thibault can't seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina - Elizabeth, a divorced mother -- and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart -- destroying not only their love, but also their lives.

Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, THE LUCKY ONE is an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love.

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A photograph found by chance; a chain of events that lead inexorably to the woman it portrays: The Lucky One traces a path so ephemeral and artful that we would know that Nicholas Sparks had written even if his name did not appear on the title page. This story about a man whose scrape with death leads to his one true love will keep you up at night and then make you sleep more soundly. Inimitable storytelling. Now in mass market paperback and NOOK Book. (P.S. The paperback edition cited in the movie tie-in version. We also stock the regular edition: 9780446618328, $7.99.)

Tim Flannigan

Publishers Weekly

U.S. Marine Logan Thibault carries a picture of a woman he's never met because it brings him good luck. But when he sets out to find the woman, he is met with unexpected circumstances surrounding his new love and his shrouded past. Though not Sparks's most original tale, the story flows well and narrator John Bedford Lloyd delivers a solid performance. Lloyd's deep bass tone is perfectly suited for Thibault, a manly man if ever there was one. Lloyd's supporting characters are rich and interesting in their own right, some speaking in comical Southern drawls, others with a raw reality. The final result is quite touching without much over-the-top sentimentality on Lloyd's part. A Grand Central hardcover. (Sept.)

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While stationed in Iraq, U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a picture of a mystery woman whom he tracks down on his return home. Sparks's (nicholassparks.com) novel can be predictable, but his strong, determined characters make this an excellent piece of escapist lit. Narrator John Bedford Lloyd (A King's Ransom) handles the Southern accents with ease, believably voicing characters of both genders. Romance fans will enjoy this. [Audio clip available through library.booksontape.com; Sparks's Dear John(2006) has been optioned by New Line.-Ed.]
—Johannah Genett

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455508969
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: Movie Tie-in Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 795,987
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Sparks
With over 95 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Nine of Nicholas Sparks's novels-The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle-were also adapted into major motion pictures with The Longest Ride coming in Spring 2015. In 2011, he established the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students' lives through education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go to www.NicholasSparksFoundation.org. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him at www.NicholasSparks.com.

Biography

Ever since The Notebook made Nicholas Sparks a word-of-mouth publishing sensation in 1996, he has maintained his status as a bestselling author of tragedy-tinged love stories. His spare, simply themed novels star ordinary people overcome by extraordinary emotions, and changed by them.

It's possible that Sparks might have enjoyed his level of popularity by writing these stories strictly from imagination, but in fact his family's struggles play an important role in many of his books, especially the earliest novels. (For exampleThe Notebook, his tale of a great love affair extending into old age, was inspired by his wife's grandparents; Message in a Bottle drew from Sparks' father's life story and A Walk to Remember from his late sister's.) In addition, a three-week trip he and his older sibling Micah undertook in 2003 became the basis for Three Weeks with My Brother, a unique memoir as moving and tenderhearted as any of his fiction.

Sparks is very methodical about his writing, an approach he makes transparent on his web site with several essays, updates on works in progress, and notes on the mechanics of his novels. Unsurprisingly, critics have faulted him for being too formulaic or cliched. Still, Sparks never fails to move his stories along quickly, maximizing emotional impact and featuring strong, down-to-earth characters. His endings also tend to depart from convention a bit, revealing tragedy where the walk into the sunset should be.

Although he is often classified as a Romance writer, Sparks is quick to point out that his books don't really satisfy the requirements of Romance publishers. Instead, he admits to writing love stories, a different genre altogether. Whatever he cares to call them, one thing's for sure: Nicholas Sparks continues to strike gold with his bittersweet novels of love and loss.

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Sparks came to his career in an unconventional way: Sidelined after a running injury at University of Notre Dame, where he had won a full track scholarship and still holds the 4x800 relay record, he decided to write a book after his mother offhandedly suggested it as a way to make him stop brooding. His first novel remains unpublished ("It's a wonderful story -- except for the writing," he wrote later), but he kept trying. He later coauthored an inspirational title called Wokini; but his third novel (The Notebook) was the charm.

Blockbuster film adaptations of Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and The Notebook have turned Sparks into a successful Hollywood franchise.

Sparks' wife is probably one of the most envied wives around. She met Nicholas in college at spring break, where he informed her that they would be married. She laughed him off, but they were married just over a year later. He told Barnes & Noble.com in a 1999 interview, "I suppose I'm a romantic. Ladies Home Journal has even called me the Most Romantic Husband in America. In fact, I sent my wife a dozen roses today."

Sparks was still selling pharmaceuticals and had only just delivered the final version of The Notebook to his agent when she called, two days after receiving the manuscript, telling him she expected "something big." That something big materialized within the week: a $1 million offer from Warner Books.

Sparks holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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    1. Hometown:
      New Bern, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Omaha, Nebraska
    1. Education:
      B.A. in finance, University of Notre Dame, 1988
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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    Sweet story with loveable characters

    This was the 1st Nicholas Sparks book I read (love stories are usually NOT my thing) but since movies have been made from his stories, I thought I'd give this book a try. Very nicely done! First, his style is easy to read and his story didn't drag on forever with useless details. Next, I was very impressed that his story included a veteran dealing with the horrors of war and another character who is a dirtbag that uses women - yet this book didn't have one single cuss word in it. There were loveable characters who made me laugh and I even cried reading this book too. It had just the right amount of drama, light, funny moments and wasn't overly mushy in the love part of the story. I'll be reading Mr. Sparks' work again soon!

    221 out of 233 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2008

    Wonderful Sparks Novel

    I enjoyed reading "The Lucky One". Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down. It took me no time to read it because it was so good. I would definately recommend it to any reader looking for a good novel.

    107 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    great

    Enjoyed it- a lot and will read more from this talented writer.

    80 out of 95 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

    Not his best...

    I'm an avid Nicholas Sparks fan- I've read all of his novels. While I've found some of his other novels predictable, they were still interesting. The characters in this book are under-developed. I couldn't get into them enough to care what happened. The language was immature at times, and the Clayton character was cheesy. Normally, I will sit and read through an entire novel in an evening...this one took me a while because of my disinterest. I was really looking forward to a good read, and was dissapointed. Too bad. If this was your first Sparks novel, read At First Sight and True Believer. Some of his best work.

    33 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Very predictable and following his formula

    Sparks has a formula and he sticks with it. I go into reading his books knowing that. But this book was so over dramatic and predictable! It was a big drama fest and so poorly written. He gave such obvious clues as to where the story was headed that I knew exactly how it would end. I literally rolled my eyes in the final chapter. And the characters were weak. The only ones I remotely even cared about were Ben and Zeus the dog. The plot made little sense. Things that Logan didn't reveal just didn't make sense at all as to why he would keep quiet on them except for the obvious reason of moving the plot along. If you are thinking about spending your money buying this book and that you just have to have it now, you should really reconsider and get it from the library.

    27 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Romantic, tragic and suspenseful, The Luck One is an unforgettable story.

    The Lucky One is a story that contains romance, tragedy and suspense, but in the end will capture the heart of every reader. A tale that will leave its readers breathless and test one's beliefs on the power of fate, or destiny and how they are linked to the decisions made in life. While serving in Iraq Logan Thibault, a U.S. marine unearths a picture of a young woman almost completely buried in the dirt. After finding the photograph he suddenly encounters a streak of good fortune, winning poker games and surviving lethal warfare. The only justification to his newly found luck; is his friend, Victor's explanation that the picture is Thibault's lucky charm. When he returns home to Colorado, after his tour of duty in Iraq was completed, he cannot seem to succeed in forgetting the woman in the picture, thus decides to go on a journey across the nation to locate her. However, Thibault's travels are soon put on hold, when his search leads him to Elizabeth, a divorced mother in North Carolina and they soon undergo a passionate love affair. Thibault decides to keep his tale of the picture and his luck a secret from Elizabeth. But it is this secret that will soon jeopardize their love, and their lives. Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One is a tale that tackles the theme of the power of fate and destiny. Throughout the novel each of the character's fate is foreshadowed and later seen through. For example, Thibault's destiny is laid in front of him when he first obtains the picture, for it is this lucky charm that allows him survive Iraq, thus later allowing him to embark on a journey to find the woman in the picture. However, in the end it is not only in his destiny to fall in love and spend the rest of his life with the photographed woman, but to save and almost protect her from her over powering ex-husband. One of the many aspects that I personally enjoyed about the novel was how Nicholas Sparks created standard characters such as beautiful divorced mother, the hero who comes home from war and the over protective ex-husband, places them in remarkable and unpredictable situations and produced unanticipated outcomes. Therefore by using ordinary people in this novel, it became relatable thus allowing the tale to touch the hearts of many. However the ending did prove to be the weakest point of the book. It appears as if the ending was written from more of a Hollywood screenwriter's point of view, rather than written by a novelist. The ending is as if it was cut short due to time constraints, or a deadline. However, The Lucky One is a novel that shines from the inside out, therefore one should read it because it celebrates the unpredictable and rough paths life often leads and the strength of fate to direct one to their purpose. For those who enjoyed this novel I would recommend A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks, and The Time Traveler's wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

    18 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

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    NOT THE TYPICAL SPARKS, BUT....

    Not the typical Sparks but the emotion, realism and pure passion are still right there in the middle of LIFE. An ex-marine, after hanging onto a picture of a young girl he'd found in the dirt while serving his third tour in Iraq, decided to walk across from Colorado to North Carolina with nothing but the clothes on his back in search of this girl. Wow! What more do you need to waNT TO BUY THIS BOOK? You won't have regrets! Others I'd like to share...THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN, EXPLOSION IN PARIS AND THE GLASS CASTLE..

    18 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    One of my favorite Sparks novels

    So far this book and The Choice are my favorite Nicholas Sparks novels. I couldn't put this down. This is much more light hearted than some of his novels which could pull more people in. I would recommend this to anyone who believes in the powers of love.

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    The Lucky One

    This is an original idea with a love story tied in to it and a quick ending. I regret to say that the best work of Nicholas Sparks was "The Notebook" and nothing he has written since has been much more than movie scripts. This was a great idea for characters and exciting to think of fate tied to a photograph. The ending left alot to be desired, it was almost like he was too close to a deadline and just decided to end the story.

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2009

    Captivating

    The character development holds your attention from the very start. The style stirs your interest as it develops the characters and keeps the plot moving.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    great

    Loved reading this novel. Highly recommend reading it if you are looking for an entertaining romantic novel tha isn't too sappy.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Sooooooo great!!!!

    Im only 12 and was so sad when it was over:( so gonna see the movie:D

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    This book was torturous to read. First off, he is going to talk

    This book was torturous to read. First off, he is going to talk about OIF but doesn't know enough to capitalize the "M" in "Marine???" A Marine is a proper noun... a marine anything else is a battery or a mammal. Its hard to take his account of the war seriously when he is obviously clueless. I'm a civilian, so I'm not sure whether its incorrect or not, but I wouldn't enjoy reading a twisted version of a very recent war. Everytime the story annoyingly flashes back to his deployment, I just graze over it.. yeah, yeah.

    His characters are so bland, so predictable. Ms. Perfect "Beth" is something else! She's flawless, perfect, she even calls herself something like "pure as the wind-driven snow." This is the girl who got pregnant at 18 by a guy who was well-off and whose family owns most of the town (now she gets her child support from a trust.. ya! she's angelic!) She got married because she was pregnant, and the guy didn't want any part of it (it is eluded to that his family pressured him). She's just looking for a baby daddy now. Her attitude and tactics are so sweet yet fake.. self-serving.. they're sickening. Logan. Wow, he is also just so perfect and devoted. Dedicated. One of those types who can never do any wrong, never says one thing out of place; never makes a mistake. There is no way any guy would ever go to those lengths for some girl who plays so hard to get; like she's such a prize. Its very strange, the characters aren't realistic or interesting. The little dance they dance around each other makes me wanna throw up. They're super boring and not something a normal person could or should relate to.

    I've never read one of his novels.. I guess I was expecting more out of a New York Times best seller. I can tell you one thing, I will definitely be writing a book or two if this crap is all it takes to get published! Wow! The stories are catchy though and they make great movies (once adapted quite a bit). His writing is just not impressive.. I wish I hadn't bought this book. I'm not even finished with it but its legit TORTURE. Oh yeah, and the little pizzeria in town? Of course the two Italian owners are Luigi and Maria. He couldn't come up with anything better than that?? A little less sterotypical?? A litle creativity?!?!!? I mean I feel like I'm back in 4th grade in the 90's reading some cheesy tween book.

    7 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    Long reading

    In defense of this book it was the third book of Sparks i read in a row....so it became predictable and took me forever to read because i just could not get into it.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

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    While in his third tour of duty in Iraq, U.S. Marine Logan Logan

    While in his third tour of duty in Iraq, U.S. Marine Logan Logan Thibault finds a half-buried photograph of a beautiful young woman. Carrying it with him ever after he completes his tour and walks across country in search of this woman. There are many flashback that fill in details of his life. He determines from the background of the photo where she could be so he starts walking from Colorado with his German Shepherd, Zeus, and manages to get to Hampton, NC. This story is beautifully and realistically written. No wonder this book was made into a movie.


    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Great romance novel...

    The book was slow at some points but the characters were well developed. The ending was abrubt and had a twist to it :) It is a good book to read for fun in your spare time.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2009

    not good

    I usually like Spark's books, however I really did not like this book and the 2 main characters. Logan obsessively stalks a woman in a photograph and forces his way into her life. She forgives him, and starts dating him. This is really disturbing. I think Sparks takes this very serious issue way too lightly. This will probably be my last Sparks book.

    6 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2009

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    Touching Love Story!

    I loved this book. First and foremost you cant go wrong with a Nicholas Sparks novel for a love story. Its captivating from the beginning. The characters are described in such a way that you can relate to them. It develops a great plot and has you hungry for more. It's a touching tale of destined love and I think it would be an excellent rainy day read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

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    Sparks has done it again!

    I'm a HUGE fan of Nicholas Sparks. This was a great book. It made me cry 25 pages in. It was easy to relate to the characters. I couldn't put the book down!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Published 2008!

    Old books new to nook should state that in overview. I just wasted money on a book i already own.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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