Two by Two / Nicholas Sparks / 2016 / Grand Central Publishing / ISBN 9780751550030 / 482 Pages / Romance
Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down. Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows s that he must shelter his little girl from the consequence of these changes. As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will change him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined.
Nicholas Sparks, writer of tear jerking novels such as The Notebook, Message in a Bottle and The Longest Ride, is back again with another tear jerker of a book. Set in his usual suspect of a town, Carolina, where, if you have read any other Nicholas Sparks’ book, will know is where all of his books are set. Russell and his wife Vivian along with daughter London are leading a seemingly normal and happy life. But then life seems to go off the rails when Vivian can no longer stand the sight of her own husband who is working his butt off to start his own business and leaves both him and her daughter behind for another man.
Just like all other Nicholas Sparks’ books, Two by Two is plagues by the same story line formula – happy family, something happens to said family, life changes for everyone, everyone gets back on their feet, another tragedy strikes and it ends. This one is a little bit different. With the swift introduction of Bodhi and Emily, who happens to be London’s best friend and Russell’s ex-college sweetheart, life seems to get back on track faster for Russell as he tries to bring normalcy and stability to his daughter’s life. But then there is another dip in the rollercoaster, and then another, and by the time you finish the book you wonder why the first half of the book was even written, because nothing happens in it.
I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks, you just have to ask any of my friends or family and they will tell you. I have most of his books and read most of them too. This one took me almost 2 weeks to read. This isn’t a normal thing when it comes to a Sparks book, because usually he writes stories that are so well thought out and interesting and suck you in that you can’t put the book down, but this one is different, like I stated at the beginning of this review. It’s a big book, so it’s heavy to hold when you read it, there is over 400 pages to read and I think not all 400 of them are needed if it was condensed properly. I love his writing, the story is great too, I just think an editor with some balls who could have culled the story would have worked wonders for it.
If you like Nicholas Sparks’ than you are going to like this book, even if it takes you a while to get through it. If you like a romance story that is going to make you cry by the end, than this is a book for you.
I give this book 3.0 out of 5 booky stars!
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