The Choice: 4 out of 5 stars

Saw the movie trailer for this and instantly thought, yes, I must read this!

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Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life — boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies — he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him…and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn’t help. Despite himself, Travis can’t stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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Sparks sure knows how to pull at the heart strings. #allthefeels

I was on an emotional roller coaster through this book. I love how quick witted the characters were and their banter was on point. As much as this is a love story, I think there are human interest elements to this book which really took the characters and the story to a deeper level.

I really enjoyed watching these two interact, deal with life and fall madly in love but it was the introduction of their friends and family that made this small town come to life. I wonder how many people would move to small towns if they thought they would get a whirlwind Sparks style romance – not all boys next door are like the gracious Travis Parker.

Like all of Sparks books, this one was filled with funny, gooey and heartbreaking moments tangled into a beautifully written story. I was never a huge romance reader until I picked up A Walk To Remember many years ago so maybe this is slightly bias, but I feel his style mixes reality and fantasy almost flawlessly.

I haven’t watched the movie yet because I ended up loving the book so much but from what I’ve heard from friends, it is your typical tear-inducing Nicholas Sparks movie.

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