Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, Nicholas Sparks tells the story of Travis Parker, a small-town veterinarian who's perfectly content with the active and exciting life he leads. Since he uses his spare time bungee jumping and swimming with the dolphins, he can't shake... read more
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 close buddies--he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
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 close 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 attractive redhead seems to have a grudge against him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Still, 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 heart-wrenching question of all: How far should you go to keep the hope of love alive with out knowing an outcome?
“"As Jesus once said: 'Those who are lazy and lie in boats shall inherit a suntan."”Stephanine
“But generally speaking? Since I'm not a general, I really couldn't say.”
“If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.”
“Guilt is the cornerstone of all good relationships.”
“How far in the name of love should a person go?”
If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.Highlighted by 322 Kindle customers
Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise.Highlighted by 129 Kindle customers
“Love is a wonderful thing. It makes life worthwhile. I love being in love.”Highlighted by 124 Kindle customers
But things change. People change. Change was one of the inevitable laws of nature, exacting its toll on people’s lives. Mistakes are made, regrets form, and all that was left were repercussions that made something as simple as rising from the bed seem almost laborious.Highlighted by 110 Kindle customers
Marriage, each of them realized intuitively, was about compromise and forgiveness. It was about balance, where one person complemented the other.Highlighted by 99 Kindle customers
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“That staring at the stars was like staring backward in time, since some stars are so far away that their light takes millions of years just to reach us. That we see stars not as they look now, but as they were when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The whole concept just struck me as . . . amazing somehow.”Highlighted by 91 Kindle customers
That’s the thing about being the product of happily married parents. You grow up thinking the fairy tale is real, and more than that, you think you’re entitled to live it.Highlighted by 88 Kindle customers
guilt was the cornerstone of any good marriage. It meant that a conscience was at work, values were held in high esteem, and reasons to feel guilty were best avoided whenever possible.Highlighted by 86 Kindle customers
mea culpa one just a little while ago, but he had no idea how she behaved under ordinary circumstances. He suspected that she had a good sense of humor, though on closer reflection, he couldn’t pin down the reason he thought so. And she was no doubt intelligent, though he could have deduced that on the basis of her job. But other than that . . . he tried and failed to picture her on a date. Still, he was glad she’d come by, if only to give them a chance to start over as neighbors. One thing he’d learned was that bad neighbors could make a person miserable.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
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