Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heart wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

My Review:
I enjoyed this love story. This is what Nicholas Sparks does best--romance. The characters were believable; in fact, I would enjoy spending time with Travis, Gabby, Stephanie, and the gang. I'd enjoy petting the two dogs too. When Travis is giving Moby a bath after the dog rolls in something smelly, I related; I've been there!

There is one R-rated scene which is unnecessary.

The story moves along in a fairly predictable manner, until the end. Then comes a bit of a twist, and a too-quick ending which tries the imagination. I cannot say more without spoiling it for you. Get a copy and read it for yourself.

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