Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Book Blurb: The Choice

The Choice
by Nicholas Sparks
(c) 2007 (trade release 2008)
Grand Central Publishing

#1 New York Times bestseller Nicholas Sparks turns his unrivaled talents to a new tale about love found and lost, and the choices we hope we'll never have to make.

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. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

My interest in this Sparks story is the same as for his Dear John, the subject of the last blurb I put up. I just love the feeling tone of Sparks' stories. They are usually emotional wringers but don't leave you feeling manipulated like some hanky-honkers. They are emotional because the characters are pitted against challenges that test the mettle of their souls and force them to see what the most important things really are and how trivial what they once deemed important is. And the most important things are always about relationships and the love given and received within them; the sanctuary from life's chaos they provide.

As announced in this post, this is the fourth of twelve Book Blurbs I plan to do for the review copies I received from Hachette books this month. There will also be more substantial book reviews for each of them as either Ed or I read them.

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