The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks

the rescue“Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden is driven to take terrifying, heroic risks to save lives. But there’s one leap into the unknown he can’t bring himself to make: He can’t fall in love. A man who likes to rescue troubled women, he inevitably leaves them as soon as they want more from him. Then, one day, a record-breaking storm hits his small Southern town, and Taylor comes across a young single mother named Denise Holton in a crashed car…”

Such an amazing novel. Full of so many different emotions and extremely easy to lose oneself in. While reading I found myself crying, rejoicing, and becoming frustrated along with the characters. At times I found myself very annoyed with Taylor and his emotional barrier, and actually yelled at the book. When I discovered the story behind his barrier I couldn’t help myself but to sympathize with him. His character does an excellent job depicting a type of person that we all will, or have, come across in our lifetime. One that blames themselves for something that once happened in their lives, when they shouldn’t. Sometimes it’s easier to blame oneself and emotionally run instead of face our real emotions. I loved the title of this book. After reading the back cover I assumed that Denise, the female main character, was the one who needed to be rescued. But after finishing this novel I realized that, in a way, the title was dedicated to him and his need to be rescued, not just Denise’s. There was one twist in the book that I did not expect and it was heart-wrenching. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t keep my eyes from watering up.

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