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The Rescue

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  132,251 Ratings  ·  2,898 Reviews
When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: he can't fall in love. For all his adult years, Taylor has sought out women who need to be rescued, women he leaves as soon as their crisis is over and the relationshi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2000)
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Lorraine I think it was quite short, about 269 pages. The copy of the book I had contained some questions about the story and a chapter of another of the…moreI think it was quite short, about 269 pages. The copy of the book I had contained some questions about the story and a chapter of another of the author's books, which made the total pages well over 300.(less)
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Opening Line: "Why had this happened? Why, of all the children was Kyle the one?"

I first read THE RESCUE in 2002 and enjoyed it just as much this time with it's rediscovery. As soon as I opened the first page I was lost, reading continuously for the next 24 hours. Thinking to myself, damn that Nicholas Sparks' he's done it again, sucking me right back into one of the best love stories I've ever read.

Due to a horrific childhood trauma volunteer firefighter Taylor McAden is driven to take disturb
Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks Fans
Recommended to Annie by: Sheree McCleod
Shelves: read-in-2008
A dear friend lent this book to me months ago, exclaiming I had to read it. Not that I need much talking round to read a Nicholas Sparks novel - I just have to be in the mood. So, I thought, when better to read the King of the love story/tragedy than straight after a wedding?

This turned out to be a good choice because this was such a feel-good book. It's about a volunteer firefighter and a single mum but really, it's about how love can rescue you from yourself. The relationships explored in thi
Sep 07, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-read
Single mother, Denise Holton is driving back home after a doctors appointment with her four year old son, Kyle in the back seat. Rain is falling steadily which makes for slippery conditions and being night time makes it worse and as, Denise takes the curve in the road she quickly discovers that there is a fully grown doe in the middle of the road. Denise hits the breaks as hard as she can, but on the wet road the tires lose grip and before she knows it the car is spinning out of control and head ...more
Trupti Dorge
Jan 21, 2010 Trupti Dorge rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own
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May 20, 2012 Sondra rated it did not like it
Even though I didn't finish this awful book, I find that over a week later I'm still FURIOUS about this:

The heroine is a penniless single mom who works the night shift as a waitress and during the day takes care of her disabled 3-year-old. The first time the hero comes to her house--on an unplanned visit--he notes that even though the place is old, it's spotless. From this, of course, we're supposed to infer that the heroine is a hard worker, has high moral fiber, and is good wife material.

Brianna (The Book Vixen)
My relationship with Nicholas Sparks began with The Notebook, the movie. I LOVE that movie. It's one of the few movies I can watch over and over. I was so infatuated with the story (I wanted to be Allie and where was my Noah and plantation house?!!) and when I found out there was a novel behind it, I searched it out and picked it up; It was love at first page. From there, I've been picking up his books and waiting for his new releases.

Nicholas Sparks has a craft of bringing his characters to lif
May 13, 2009 Rachel rated it did not like it
Recommended to Rachel by: my mother
I was so mad after I read this book I actually sat down and wrote a letter to the author. "Dr. Mr. Sparks: This is why I do not read fiction!" Basically I thought it was incredibly sappy and trite, and I resented the characters for wasting my time. Presumably all the main figures in the story are "rescued"--the little boy is lost and then rescued, the single mother meets the rescuer of her little boy and falls in love with him and marries him (I think that is supposed to be HER rescue!) and the ...more

I borrowed this book from a friend while on vacation, because I was DESPERATE. She promised it was amazing. It was not.

I did not like Taylor. Denise was a flagrant Mary Sue (did the woman have a single flaw?). Melissa and Mitch's main functions were to push Taylor towards (or back to) Denise. The writing was flat - it seemed rushed, and watered down.

A friend who is a speech therapist had some very critical things to say about the "therapy" presented in the book. I defer to her opinion on th
Dec 12, 2007 Anne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks fans
Totally a Nicholas Sparks formula, but I liked this one better than most. He at least waited until the couple knew each other for 3 weeks before hitting the sack together. It usually takes about 3 days, and happens immediately following their first kiss. I liked that they waited until they had kissed a few times, but really, can't he just hold off with the sex until they actually know each other? I'm still a Nicholas Sparks fan, though, because I am a woman, and I need my love stories. :)
Megan Kolde
May 22, 2012 Megan Kolde rated it it was amazing
While reading The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks, I didn't want to put it down. Every chance I had I wanted to read to see what happened. Like most of Sparks' books it was amazing. A perfect love story to say the least. I would suggest this book for girls to read rather than boys. Just because it is kind of like a "chick flick" type of book.

The Rescue takes place in modern day South Carolina. Denise a young, single mother of Kyle, a five year old little boy with a comprehension disorder as well as a
Aug 28, 2009 Shauna rated it it was ok
I had never planned on reading another Nicholas Sparks book, but my mother-in-law gave me a copy of this book thinking I would like it. And actually, I did start out enjoying it better than I thought I would, perhaps because one of the main characters is a young boy with a disability (and I have one of those myself), but the more I read on, the less I enjoyed it. The writing was so pedestrian that it barely sparked my interest, and the repeated references to Taylor's father's death without expla ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
I love Nicholas Sparks and this one didn't disappoint. I guess because he's written so many they become somewhat monotonous, so I didn't go above 3 stars. This one was a little heart-wrenching at the beginning because there is a 4 year old boy that is missing, and being a mom of a little boy, I could hardly stomach reading it. Around page 100, the story moves into the "love story."

As a note to myself (or reminder so that I don't buy it again), the book is about a fireman and a single mom. The mo
I don't understand why I can't just give up on Nicholas Sparks. I keep reading his books even though there has yet to be one I really liked. 80% of the time I spend reading his stuff I'm bored out of my mind. I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment. This book was quite possibly the most blah book of his I've read to date. I don't understand why I can't just fall in love with him like everybody else! I'm sure it's me that's the problem. I'm defective. Sorry
Jenny George
Oct 09, 2015 Jenny George rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-have
This book feels like a living thing in hand!!The last part make you ride a rollercoast of emotions..This book is about what lying to oneself feels like..

The title"Rescue " really blend with the content of the book. The protagonist, Taylor is a voluntary firefighter. His life is determined to rescue people.Denise had been rescued by tAYLOR, PHUYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. So is Kyle. Taylor fails in rescuing Mitch, another main event in the story. Taylor tries to rescue Melissa and her kids, tryin
Steph Su
Feb 23, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
By most people’s standards, Taylor McAden is an amazing man. He always gives it his all on his volunteer firefighting/lifesaving job, often risking his life in the process. He always helps out with his best friend Mitch, his wife Melissa, and their four sons.

Denise Holton certainly thinks he is great. After all, Taylor was the one who rescued her from a car accident one stormy night, then found her son Kyle, who had wandered off into the swamp afterward. But it is more than that. It’s the way Ta
Gina Giuliano
Aug 01, 2007 Gina Giuliano rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people whose only other option is watching Entertainment Tonight on TV
I didn't like this book at all. The writing itself was OK, aside from a few "telling not showing" episodes, and an occasional duplication of the same phrase (ie, "roll in the sack"), but in general it is easy to see why his books are often bestsellers among people who like this sort of thing - but I didn't identify with, or even like, the characters.

I took the book out of a box in my department on campus. When people retire or leave the job for another reason, often when the office is cleaned o
Jun 11, 2010 Johanna rated it did not like it
Shelves: chiclit
Okay, I get it. This book was designed to feed the ego of every woman who believes she's supermom. I found Denise's obsession (portrayed by Sparks as devotion) with her son, Kyle, too easy, too pleasing and, at times, entirely sickening. I mean really, wouldn't repeatedly restraining him in a chair, often for hours on end, until he finally utters a single word be considered abuse in some states? How silly! I found myself appalled at her lack of self identity. Even worse, the story was SO predict ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Selma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Za nijansu lošija ostalih, jer je nekako predvidiva, ali opet divna na svoj način :)
Dec 04, 2015 Ghada03 rated it really liked it
I NEVER thought I would like a romantic novel, but this one got me i really couldn't put this book down I needed something like this.
Gaby Franz
Oct 10, 2015 Gaby Franz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es la primera novela de este autor que leo y debo reconocer que me ha gustado mucho. Las escenas de tensión me tuvieron en vilo en todo momento. Por otro lado, me ha llegado al corazón todo lo concerniente a Kyle.
El desarrollo de la novela me gustó mucho, no fue apresurado en absoluto, aunque debo reconcomer que era bastante predecible (por eso y porque el epilogo me parecía merecía un poco más de desarrollo le quito una estrella)
Un escritor que sabe llegar al corazón del lector, que sabe mante
BJ Rose
Apr 22, 2009 BJ Rose rated it liked it
This book begins with every parent's nightmare - my child is gone and I can't find him. And that situation is compounded by the fact that Denise's 4-year-old son is a special needs child, and that she is a single parent whose every moment is wrapped up in meeting those needs.

The missing Kyle is found by volunteer-fireman Taylor, and Denise discovers that there can be room in her life for someone else, especially since that someone else interacts well with her son and seems to genuinely like to b
Mar 31, 2013 reemo.books rated it liked it
To be honest I was disappointed a little, because I regret to say that I had high hopes from this book after reading two of Nicholas Sparks' novels before. Nonetheless, the book was enjoyable. The book talks about Denise and her son Kyle who moved to Edeton and meet Taylor, a volunteer firefighter who will be required to dig into his painful past due to unforeseeable circumstances. Eventually they fall in love and become a happy family.

I liked the suspense that happened in the beginning of the
Nicholas Sparks is one of those writers whose works just get worse as you continue to read them. I sincerely wanted to like The Rescue just because it would prove my theory wrong. Sadly, this was not to be so. Same cliched plot line from Message in a Bottle: single mom falls in love with complicated yet steady man with some kind of hidden past, they fall in love, hidden past gets in the way, they break up, some kind of dramatic event occurs, and then happily ever after! Of course, there's alway ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I definitely did not enjoy this as much as I have some of Sparks' other works. Denise, while yes, being a devoted mother, was an entirely unlikeable character. She was weak, pathetic, and everything I can't stand in a woman. She was like a stray puppy following Taylor around pleading "Love me, love me!" Ugh. While the ending was decent (and completely predictable), I didn't like the inbetween.
Hannah M.
Apr 30, 2011 Hannah M. rated it it was amazing
Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden is no stranger to taking risks, except when it comes to one thing, women. Born and bred in the small town of Edenton, North Carolina he really is an upstanding southern gentlemen. He works hard in his own contracting business, goes out at all hours of the day to help others, but the one thing he won’t do is let himself fall in love.

Denise Holton gave her heart and her life to her young son Kyle. Life, and parenting, certainly isn’t what she thought it would be, bu
Sara Hibbs
Oct 30, 2010 Sara Hibbs rated it it was amazing
The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks starts out with a tragic car accident which makes Denise Holton lose her mentally disabled son named Kyle, but luckily for Denise the perfect fireman, Taylor McAden, comes to the rescue to finds her son while saving her life. A couple of weeks after the accident Taylor and Denise run into each other at the grocery store and Taylor looks at Denise for the first time with out any blood on her face and finds out how beautiful she is. Their friendship gradually turns in ...more
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
The Rescue: A wonderful, warm Five Star read

This is my first Nicholas Sparks novel. I know not why I have decided to rebel against reading his novels. As a romance lover, you would think I would have already hopped on the bandwagon. I mean, I worship The Notebook ( the movie that is). I don't regret holding out on reading this book. Actually, I'm happy I read it when I did. Its one of those books that leave you completely happy and content with the world. Comfortable. I don't wish I had read i
I have been a fan of Nicholas Sparks for quite sometime now and have already read couple of his books. While his other works – like “The Notebook”, “The Wedding” and “A Walk to Remember” – were brilliant, this book didn’t seem to fare as good as the others. It certainly lacking the *umph* factor that its predecessors had: a tear-jerking, warmth and an in-depth love story.

The Rescue chronicled the life of Dennis Holton and Taylor McAden, who were two people that lived in the same town but hardly
Jun 06, 2013 Sarae rated it it was amazing
I pick up every Nicholas Sparks book ever since I read one of his book in seventh grade but The Rescue has to be one of my favorite books he's written. The book starts off with a tragedy which leads into a wonderful love story. We see a mother raising her child, but its not as simple as it usually is Denise is raising her son Kyle and he docent speak very well. Kyle is five years old in the start of the book and has the speaking skills of a two year old. Denise is affect by this greatly, she goe ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
As I was reading Anita Shreve's "Rescue" I found Spark's novel of a similar title by accident. Curious that the university had a copy in its library, I ordered it. Little did I realise how easy it was to get consumed by the story, the easy-to-read text. I had seen Sparks' novel-turned-movies such as The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, and Nights in Rodanthe. I expect "The Rescue" to become another movie.

"The Rescue" took over the 3 non-fiction books I had checked out at the same time.

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