I’m very happy to be part of the blog tour for the film tie-in release of The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I’ve reviewed the book below but first, thanks to the lovely people at Sphere, we have a signed copy of The Choice to give away to one lucky winner.
Travis Parker has it all: a good job, loyal friends and his dream home in North Carolina. The last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.
Despite Travis’s attempts to be friendly, the alluring redhead simply will not warm to him. But Travis feels compelled to get closer to her, leading them both down a road where they will face tough decisions, shocking revelations and devastating consequences.
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Comment on this post by the end of day on Thursday 10th March 2016. I will then pick a winner at random using random.org and announce on Friday 11th March 2016. UK and Ireland only. (The winner will also be contacted via e-mail so don’t forget to check your junk folder as well as your inbox. The prize is coming directly from the publisher so please do allow at least fourteen days for your prize to arrive.)
My verdict on The Choice by Nicholas Sparks.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you will know that I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks so I was excited when Sphere asked me to be a part of their blog tour for the release of the film tie-in for The Choice. It was not one I had read before.
Travis is a popular, successful guy who is not looking for love and is seemingly happy with his life. He doesn’t feel that he has a lot lacking until Gabby Holland moves in to the house next door. Gabby also isn’t looking for a new relationship. She has a boyfriend and a job she enjoys. However, after spending the weekend getting to know each other (after some reluctance from Gabby,) Travis soon realises that Gabby is someone he can’t be without and that he has fallen in love with her.
The narrative for this book is a little unusual and doesn’t follow the usual linear pattern. It’s split into two sections and it’s more of a look at this couple at two specific times in their lives. It’s a look at how they met and then where they are many years later.
Travis is what I would call the Nicholas Sparks hero; tall, handsome, all around loveable guy and he was the perfect male lead. I definitely want to be in his gang. Travis is very endearing. Gabby takes a bit of getting to know. She doesn’t give much of her self away to begin with. The other supporting characters are great fun, Stephanie in particular and they all lend humour and warmth to the story.
The plot itself isn’t maybe as action packed as some of his other novels but I still very much enjoyed it. It was a lovely, gentle glance at this couple as they fall in love. It’s a great romantic story and I liked it as much as The Notebook and See Me which means I liked it a lot. The only thing I will say is that I am trying to decide whether I liked how the ending was handled. I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to give it away.
Overall, I loved The Choice. It’s perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and lovers of romance (for your Mum for Mother’s Day?) I am very much looking forward to seeing the film.
(The Choice by Nicholas Sparks was released by Sphere on 11th February 2016 and I thank the publisher for a review copy.)
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