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The Rescue

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  108,329 ratings  ·  2,496 reviews
One of America's bestselling authors delivers a story about the greatest commitment of all: loving someone forever.

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, Tay...more
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Published November 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2000)
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Buggy
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...more
Annie
Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Violet Crush
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Sondra
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.

BULLS...more
Anne
Dec 12, 2007 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
Rachel
May 13, 2009 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Megan Kolde
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...more
Minna
ICK.

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...more
Steph Su
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...more
Shauna
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
Kelly
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...more
BJ Rose
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...more
Reem N 240511
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...more
Hannah M.
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...more
Sara Hibbs
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...more
Shy
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...more
Sarae
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
Anne
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.

What I noti...more
Johanna
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
Christine
At twenty-nine in Edenton, North Carolina, single mother Denise Holden wonders how her dreams turned into nightmares. Currently, she lives in the home of her mother struggling to raise her four-year-old son Kyle who suffers with central auditory processing disorder.

While driving in a torrential storm, Denise crashes. Firefighter Taylor McAden rescues her and leads the search for the missing Kyle. When Taylor finds Kyle, the two hit it off in a way that the child has never done before. Soon Taylo...more
Nicole
This has to be my last Nicholas Sparks novel. I made it a goal to read all of them. I already know that NS stories have a sort of formula but I have always enjoyed the majority of them. The prologue was different from how most NS books begin but I was surprised with how this novel touched on children with special needs. Incidentally, the book I read before this, To Tempt A Viking, had that subject as well. I really enjoyed that novel and one of those reasons was because of that subject.

Denise Ho...more
Amarithia Lecroix
Me encantó (se borró toooodo lo que habia escrito antes TT.TT ) nunca antes habia leido ninguno de sus libros pero si vi muchas de las adaptaciones de ellos como: El diario de Noa, Mensaje en una botella, Un paseo para recordar, The Last Song... y me gustaron bastante, pero ninguna me habia animado a leer alguno de los libros, ahora solo comencé a leer, y bueno, ya no pude parar... hasta que lo termine...

Recomendado para leer justo en esta epoca (invierno) junto a la estufa o muy bien arropado y...more
Leo Martin
Somehow, I'm like Taylor. I often ruin the relationship when it get serious.
Lauren Holland
When I went to the library to find a new book to read, I was hoping to find "Dear John" available since I was so excited for the movie and I wanted to read the book first. But I should have known because the movie is coming out the book would become popular.

So I decided to read this one, "The Rescue". This was actually my first Nicholas Sparks book that I have read and I really liked it! It is an easy read and of course it has some wonderful romance.

The story starts off with a mother, Denise an...more
Alannah
This book is about finding love when you never opened yourself up to it before. I loved this book because it makes you feel what the characters are feeling through the great details that the author uses. This book is a must read for people who love to read about finding and fighting for the ones you love. At first I thought that this book was just a sappy, love book that only happened in fairy tales. But this book turned out to be on of my favorite books I've ever read.

I totally agree with the...more
Becky
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Kelsey Jaques
My Thoughts: How better to start a book than by jumping right into the action and adventure? Is there any other way to write a novel than to make the reader fall in love with your characters right away? Two of the best things about this book were that you get thrown into the action and that after the characters "get together" (no spoilers, I mean, it's a Nicholas Sparks book, I know you saw this coming) the book still has more to say. The story doesn't end because the characters seem happy thoug...more
Jennefer
May 29, 2011 Jennefer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my girlfriends
As always Nicholas Sparks is a brilliant writer and this book doesn’t disappoint! In The Rescue, Taylor McAden is a volunteer fireman who seems to have a bit of a death wish. Taylor puts his life on the line multiple times to save others. Some call it being a hero and others call it just plan crazy since he tends to go over and beyond the call of duty. Taylor’s behavior is due to an incident that took place when he was just a child. Like most of his books, Nicholas Sparks alludes to the issue at...more
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As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

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