The Choice

The Choice by bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks, is a thought-provoking love storyBarnes and Noble offers this plot description:

“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.”

Tim Stevens at had this to say about it:

“Sparks is known for his surprises, but he has never dished out as many to devouring fans as he does in his newest novel, ‘The Choice.’  Right when you’ve mentally plotted the book’s path, you discover you’ve got the map turned upside down.”

Tiff at says:

“The book is divided into two parts, and in its own sense, it’s like two stories, but wrapped together. …by the end of the first half of the book, each of the characters seem very alive, which often takes time with his stories. While I am an unabashed fan of his books, I admit sometimes things are slow to get going. I was surprised that I was hooked merely two chapters in.”

From here you can read about one of Sparks’ previous book signings and see pictures of the author at Books Blog: Texas Page, or visit the author’s official homepage.

Book of a Thousand Days

The letter for today, kiddies, is “B.”

I’m working my way through the alphabet, featuring one recently published novel for each letter.  Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale was released on September 18th, and it’s already at #871 on Amazon sales rank.  That’s incredible.  Many bestselling authors never break or even get near the top 1,000 mark on Amazon.

The book is based on a forgotten Brothers Grimm fairytale.  Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews had this to say about it:

“Book Of A Thousand Days is an exciting read about a maid, a lady, two suitors, mistaken identities, disguises, love, and war. Dashti, our narrator, is a maid to the Lady Saren. The two, when the book opens, are being locked away in a dark tower because of the lady’s refusal to marry the man her father has chosen…

I can’t really relate much more without giving away too much…but I must say that this book was INCREDIBLE. I loved the story, loved the characters, loved the plot twists, loved the ending.”

Read Becky’s entire review at her site.  The book is marketed as a novel for young adults but sounds like a good read for people of any age.