Nicholas Sparks has been one of my favorite authors for quite some time. He has this miraculous gift of telling a love story that truly touches your heart, and will undoubtedly get you teary eyed. From the sad and touching (A Walk to Remember) to the memorable (The Notebook), Nicholas Sparks has been a big part of my life for years. So when I got my hands on The Choice I was thrilled to dive right in.
I was immediately drawn into the small coastal town where the book takes place. In Part One of The Choice, you meet veterinarian Travis Parker who seems to have everything he wants and physicians assistant Gabrielle Holland whose life isn’t going exactly as planned. Their worlds collide when they become next door neighbors, and fall in love as these things go. Gabrielle is already in a relationship so the first big choice of the book is between her long-term boyfriend Kevin, or the man she fell in love with.
In Part Two the story jumps forward 11 years where we find out Gabrielle’s choice led to the marriage of her true love Travis and their two daughters. But when Travis is left to deal with a life or death choice, Nicholas Sparks shows all his readers exactly how far someone will go for love.
With a pleasant mix of characters including Travis’s blatantly honest sister Stephanie, to their eclectic mix of friends you feel joyed by friendship, love and compassion for others.
The Choice is charming, heartwarming and touching. Once I started it I simply could not put it down and after 6 straight hours of reading, I finished the book with several tears shed and a warm heart. Although Nicholas Sparks has a reputation of happy endings that may not please every reader, I can’t imagine a single person who would not be satisfied with this closure. While very difficult and serious topics are discussed during the second part of this book, the ending leaves you with that warm and fuzzy feeling. I ended this book with a newfound hope in love, which is what I expect to get reading a Sparks novel.