The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

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The first part of the tale paints a vivid picture of her decision-making process...A tender and moving love story and a quick read, Sparks's latest does not disappoint.
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#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?

About Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list. Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
Published September 24, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 325 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Feb 07 2016
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Publishers Weekly

on Feb 03 2016

The first part of the tale paints a vivid picture of her decision-making process...A tender and moving love story and a quick read, Sparks's latest does not disappoint.

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Reviewed by Maggie Harding on Aug 19 2008

It would be difficult to say more about the plot without spoiling the ending. Suffice it to say that THE CHOICE is a great choice if you're looking for a change of pace from the mysteries and thrillers that you usually enjoy reading.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Lynette Rice on Oct 01 2007

But for the occasional treacly moment — during a date, Travis and Gabby realize ”they were sitting across from a person who just might change the course of their lives” — this is a pleasantly sentimental journey.

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Nights and Weekends

Reviewed by Margaret Marr on Jan 21 2016

You may think you know what the choice is all about—but, like me, you’ll probably be way off base. There’s no doubt that The Choice will give you something to ponder long after you finish reading the last page. And that’s the reason why, in the end, this novel is worth reading.

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