The Lucky One

The Lucky One

by Nicholas Sparks

Nikki’s Rating: 5 out of 10

Summary: U.S. Marine Logan Thibault takes off cross-country in search of the woman in a photograph he found on his tour in Iraq. Simply hoping to pay back his debt to her as the photograph became his lucky charm, Logan was unprepared to fall in love with the divorced single mother Elizabeth. But he hasn’t told her the whole truth and as they get closer, Elizabeth’s ex-husband is determined to use that to tear them apart.

5 Likable Things about Nicholas Sparks’s The Lucky One

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. The Premise

The Lucky One has a very unique premise in that a marine finds a photograph of a woman while on tour. It ends up that the photograph belonged to another marine and was a picture of his sister. Since obtaining the photograph, Logan experiences overall good luck, winning poker games but most importantly, surviving missions that many of his comrades did not. Logan then searches for the woman in the photograph, Elizabeth, and falls in love.

2. Love Story

Of course, being a Nicholas Sparks novel, this is a love story and the reason why I picked up the novel. But what I appreciated about this novel also was that it was a love story involving a divorced woman with a child. Single mothers are not typically featured in love stories but they are just as deserving of relationships as anyone else.

3. Zeus

The true hero of The Lucky One is Zeus, Logan’s faithful loving German shepherd. Probably the best character, Zeus is a focal point throughout the novel. He was the means that allowed Logan to establish a relationship with Elizabeth’s son, which then caused Elizabeth to come out of her shell and get to know Logan. Zeus was also the reason why Clayton was more careful and less aggressive about getting rid of Logan.

4. The “Bad Guy”

Nicholas Sparks created a villain that was both extremely repulsive and totally believable. Clayton is an absolute sleaze, taking pictures of women sunbathing without their knowledge or consent, interfering with his ex’s relationships, and wanting women around simply to “unwind.” Just gross! And unfortunately, there are men who are like that in the real world.

5. Happy Ending

Overall, even with the “tragedy” in the end of the book, The Lucky One had a happy ending which was a bit unexpected for me but much needed. The book ends on a positive note leaving the reader feeling satisfied that Logan and Elizabeth will be able to continue their relationship and live happily ever after.


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