“Staring at the stars was like staring backward in time…” ~The Choice
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks: 5/5 Stars
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?
*This review does contain spoilers*
I know what you’re thinking, “Another five-star review by the same author?!?”, yup. I didn’t read the synopsis to this book so I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t read the synopsis of the other book either…I usually just jump into books. Anyway, I wasn’t sure this book was worth five stars at first, but man was I wrong! This book had a plot twist that definitely shocked me. Now I don’t know how many spoilers this review will contain, but I guess we’ll see.
In the beginning you’re introduced to Gabby. She’s an interesting character that can lose her cool at times, but when she cares about something it’s such a strong connection to whatever it is. In this case it starts off as a connection with her dog and her boyfriend, Kevin, who she plans on marrying. When I saw that her boyfriend was Kevin, I’m not gonna lie, I was upset mainly because the guy in the last book was Kevin so it did bother me. Anyway, she obviously falls in love with Travis which is really cute to watch unfold in the novel. I loved seeing how they slowly realized they were meant for each other.
Gabby has to make some hard decisions since she moved to the town to be with her boyfriend. I knew she would make the right decision in the end, but what I wasn’t expecting was the accident. I’ll talk about that more in a little bit. One of my favorite parts of this books is how it starts and how it ends. In the beginning it starts with Travis walking into the hospital with flowers and it talks about how the last time he talked to his wife they were arguing. So, you assume that he’s going to make amends. Well towards the end of the book you learn that his wife is actually in a coma. I loved the connection Sparks did, it just tied everything together so perfectly.
This review isn’t going to be too long, but I hope y’all enjoy it anyway. I will definitely be reading more Nicholas Sparks books in the future. Anyway, continuing on with my review I would have to say that the book is a little slow-moving in the beginning, but not too slow so I didn’t lose interest. It may start of slow, but it build up in a good way so it definitely kept my attention. If that makes any sense haha.
I guess this book had a bit of a love triangle going on, but it really didn’t bother me since the reader doesn’t even get to meet Kevin much. It’s just enough to where it keeps things interesting and keeps you wondering what might happen between everyone.
I hope y’all enjoyed this short review. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a good romance with some drama in it. It’s a very well written book and I loved every bit of it. It kept me wondering so overall I think it deserves the five stars. I hope y’all enjoyed reading this even though it was so short.