New Release Review: Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks
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#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.

My Review
I haven't read a novel by Nicholas Sparks since I was 18. Meaning- it has been way too long since I have allowed myself to completely dive into a Nicholas Sparks novel. I still can't believe it has been 20 years since his first book was published, he has been writing for as long as I have been alive (wowza) and it honestly shows in his writing. 
Although I would love nothing more than to say I loved this book more than life, I don't feel like I did. In fact, I feel as if it was missing something. Two By Two is unlike any of Nicholas Sparks' prior novels. I loved that his writing style has changed and matured but I couldn't help but feel like the 'spark' was missing in Mr. Sparks newest work. I was looking forward to the different story but I was also looking forward to that moment in which I feel that hope for this real, true & pure love. It was missing the love so strong that it could never be doubted. Sometimes I felt like it kind of lacked it, which was disappointing because a love like that is exactly what comes to mind when thinking of this author. I previously often found myself relating to the characters emotions and it shocked me that no matter how much I tried, I simply couldn't. Not to mention that Vivian drove me absolutely nuts. 
The writing style was amazing, it flowed smoothly in the way that his words usually do. Yet, the story lacked the feeling. It didn't take me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions like I originally expected. I felt like I got on the ride and the ride failed to move me. Am I making sense? 

*Disclaimer: A Review Copy was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.

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