“When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck, winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph – his lucky charm. Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo – and the woman in it – out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her…”
As usual any novel by Nicholas Sparks is stupendous and this one lives to its standards. The characters are all extremely likable, except a few but I don’t think that they are meant to be liked, and the story line is intriguing. Personally, I’m not well-educated in anything that deals with the military, army, etc., and have a difficult time understanding all of the military phrases. But even though I do not understand those things I do know that fighting and watching people slip away from this life is distressing. Anyone who has lost a loved one or watched someone slip away can understand how difficult it is. After reading what Logan went through it makes one become more aware of what is going on in our lifetime and the wars that are being fought on our behalf. It makes one appreciate what one has in their life. As usual, there is a twist in the end of the novel. But, in my opinion, it was a great way to end a book. It truly did have a “and they lived happily ever after.” I would also like to say: Thank you to all the soldiers who are out there fighting for our country and defending our freedom. May God bless you all! Thank you!!