Title: Two By Two
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards.
At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Published by Grand Central Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: October 4, 2016
Genres: Drama, Woman's Fiction
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When the opportunity to review a new book by Nicholas Sparks presented itself, I jumped all over it. All my friends rave about his books, which had me firmly moving this him on my want-to-read author list. Their sighing and swooning over his other titles had me begging to read him. So here I am with a copy of Two By Two to read, excited and ready to fall in love. I begin to read and…
I’m bored. To be exact, I am really bored. The first few chapters were okay, getting to know Russell, getting into the flow of the story. The story is told from Russell’s first person POV so you really get to know him through his thoughts and musings. Yet, I never really connected with him. I cannot help but feel the problem is because he is just too NICE. Now Vivian, she is an easy character to detest. In my personal opinion, her selfishness and the way she talks and manipulates Russell borders on emotion abuse. The way she treats him like a doormat, and him just constantly taking it, I just couldn’t stand it.
I honestly gave it my best to keep reading. I mean come on, this is the author who gave us The Notebook! Such a beautiful, powerful love story, which, was lacking from Two By Two. Love that is. I was expecting love and instead I got a slow, descending break-up that was just so dry. 30% in and already I was struggling to stay interested. I had such high expectations and now I feel so cheated. I pushed on a few more chapters and finally gave up. When I find myself not really caring whether or not the main character finds love or even what happens to him, I know it’s time to stop. At this point, I am undecided if I will read more books by Mr. Sparks. Maybe his longtime fans will enjoy Two By Two, but I as a new fan did not.