Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

5 Star

At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined. 

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

Never a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, I got this book awhile ago and let my mom read it first because she loves his writing. Once she commented that it was different from his usual stuff, I was surprised but kept it on my bedside table until I had a moment to pick it up.

Over the holidays, I picked it up and read it within a day, which did not impress my almost-4-year-old, but I was so captivated that I did not want to put it down. It is fairly long, at almost 500 pages but I kept reading ahead, thinking, "One more chapter." The reasons why it seems to be so different, at least for me, is because I feel there is a certain maturity in this book compared to his other work. Less outright happy romance and a more complex plot but of course a lot of happy times.

I was very pleased with the story and how it won this jaded person over, making me believe that fate and kistmet may possibly be things that exist.

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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