Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Choice

The Choice was typical Nicholas Sparks fare—nothing to see/read here. I was tempted half way through to move on without finishing…didn’t care about the characters; saw the ending marching right down Main Street toward me, trumpets blaring; found the path to the ending tedious. I did, however, enjoy the dogs, Molly and Moby.

From Publisher’s Weekly:
In his 13th book, bestselling Sparks (At First Sight, etc.) limns the far-reaching implications of several seemingly ordinary choices made by Beaufort, N.C. veterinarian Travis Parker and his next-door neighbor Gabrielle Holland, a physician's assistant and recent arrival. After an inauspicious first meeting where Gabby accuses Travis's boxer of impregnating her purebred collie, the two fall hard for each other. Already dating someone else seriously, Gabby is faced with a dilemma: whether to stick with longtime boyfriend Kevin, or get involved with Travis. The first part of the tale paints a vivid picture of her decision-making process and its effects on Travis and Gabby's lives. That sets up Part II, which takes place 11 years later when Travis faces a life and death decision following a car accident.

My reading choices of late have all been in the category of literature lite. Personal circumstances have more or less dictated nothing too challenging—must keep the brain open to deal with life. However, Nicholas may have sparked in me the realization that I need a bit more.

2.5/5 (General Reading Scale)
Grand Central Publishing

288 pages


Les said...

Thanks for saving me from this one. I've only read a couple by Mr. Sparks and was seriously considering a go with this one. I'll pass Go and collect a different book, thank you very much.

Actually, I just started a lovely read. Have you seen The Lottery by Patricia Woods? I read almost 100 pages this evening and am loving it! Have lots of sticky notes in it already, waiting to help me with my review.

Marcia said...

Les~I saw The Lottery at B&N the other day. The title immediately brought to mind the Shirley Jackson chilling short story, and I passed it by. Now having read your and others' favorable comments, I may just have to stop at B&N on my way home tonight...darn!

Nan - said...

I've never read him, and your review tells me why. :<)

Marcia said...

Nan ~ I readily admit that as much as I like being challenged by my reading there are times when nothing but schmaltz will do. I just need to be more discerning in my "choice" of schmaltz! :)