Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks book review

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Two by Two written by Nicholas Sparks, publisher Sphere is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audio download format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Nicholas-Sparks/dp/0751550027/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1476191948&sr=1-3

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The powerful new love story from multi-million-copy bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, Two by Two is a story of heartbreak, strength and unconditional love.

Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .

Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear . . . and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down.

Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows is that he must shelter his little girl from the consequences of these changes.

As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will challenge him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined.

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.

This was such a poignant, emotive story … a love story with a difference. A year in the life of a father who’s life has suddenly become turbulent, he’s thrust into single parenthood  and that this dark side of his life he is facing the time he now spends with his daughter he see’s as a blessing. This time is his time with his daughter, two by two, learning about each other and experiencing new joys and new skills.

I loved how Nicholas Sparks delved into Russell’s history with his sub characters and we got to see Russ growing up and having lasting memories with his sister and best friend Marge, Russ finding his first love Emily, his wife Vivian and his gorgeous daughter London. These flashbacks into the past brought the story alive and you saw and learned more about Russell’s character.

The battles that Russ has had to face in such a short timespan were insurmountable but each member of his family and friends played a part in helping him survive these hurdles.

It was a wonderful story about relationships, about love, about life, about loss, about chances and about compromises. Very, very emotive and I read the last chapter through blurred eyes. A beautiful story that was written and told from the heart.  5/5*

To find out more about Nicholas Sparks and his books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.uk.nicholassparks.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/NicholasSparks

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/nicholassparks

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See Me by Nicholas Sparks blogtour review + GIVEAWAY

See Me Nicholas Sparks

See Me by Nicholas Sparks is available now in ebook, hardcover and audible download format, publisher Sphere.

To buy links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/See-Me-Nicholas-Sparks/dp/0751549983/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1445253994&sr=1-1

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Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot.

At twenty-eight, he’s focused on getting his teaching degree and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his past. The last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship. But when he crosses paths with Maria Sanchez one rainswept night, his carefully structured life is turned upside down. And when Maria, a hardworking lawyer, meets Colin she begins to question every notion she has ever had about herself and her future – and what truly makes her happy.

Before the couple has a chance to envision a life together, menacing reminders from events in Maria’s past begin to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be pushed to breaking point.

The stunning new love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks, See Me is a story of obsession, reinvention and a love that defies every expectation.

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

I always look forward to a Nicholas Sparks story as he has gained a great pedigree in story telling with sales of over 100 million in books and ten of his novels have been adapted into movies. This book has everything you could wish for and more.  It was romantic, dramatic, heart warming, intense … I couldn’t stop reading it.  It has to be made into a movie.

Colin Hancock is a 28 year old mature student.  He’s trying again with education as the first time didn’t go great and he had many troubles as a child.  Colin is trying to stay out of trouble to prove to himself and to people that knew the old Colin that he can achieve his dream to become a teacher.  Colin also avoids relationships but when he offers to help a damsel in distress on a very wet and windy night in North Carolina his life become a little more complicated after helping Maria Sanchez, a beautiful young lawyer and daughter of very traditional Mexican parents.  Maria is very ambitious and as a lawyer she never expected to find a friendship and more in the likes of Colin.

Events from Maria’s past come tumbling back to upset Maria, her family and Colin.  When these events turn to violence a terrifying time develops for them all.  Will these emotive times spark the end of a blossoming friendship?  Can Colin keep himself composed at the most terrifying time for them all?

I loved Colin from the start, he had been misunderstood as a child and was trying to make up for it.  With the help of his close friends Evan and Lily he had started to rebuild his life.  Colin and Evan were like complete opposites in character and personality but the friendship worked.  Evan’s girlfriend Lily sounded very vibrant, charming, full of joy; she was good for Colin and gave great dating advice.

Maria was a great character.  She was a young, hardworking lawyer who used to work for the DA but after a traumatic case she changed paths and returned home to work for a local law firm.  She is a lovely, sweet girl from a family of Mexican immigrants.  The extended Mexican family of Maria’s were just brilliant, great solidarity and support when needed.

This book was beautifully romantic at times but then your emotions were thrown off balance with very intense, dramatic scenes.  I loved it all.  See Me has gone into one of my top reads for this year.  A definite 5/5* read that I can’t wait to see adapted onto the big screen.

To find out more about Nicholas Sparks and his books please visit the following links:

http://uk.nicholassparks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/NicholasSparks

https://twitter.com/nicholassparks

The publishers, Sphere, have kindly offered a signed copy of See Me as a giveaway prize.  Please enter by commenting on this post with ‘Why you love Nicholas Sparks novels and which story of his is your current favourite’. Thanks and good luck! Giveaway open for one week.