Two by Two
Similar to See Me, this has an entirely different feel than his greats. I think Nicholas Sparks deserves some credit for branching out and trying something new—telling the story of a couple falling apart, rather than falling in love—but it didn’t work for me. What I couldn’t ignore was my inability ...more
Anyhoooooooooo, I loved the narrator and if it wasn't for him I would have stopped listening to the book. I have generally loved Nicholas S ...more
2017 Honorable Mention Read
This is my first Nicholas Sparks and it will not be my last. Although formulaic and predicable the book is filled with such genuine sentiment, good values and old-fashioned deliciousness.
The characters are not subtle, enigmatic or complex. What you see is what you get. Middle class folk needing a paycheque, a hug, a home. The situations are real and the dilemmas are challenging.
Some of the vignettes at the beginning of each ch ...more
Sadly, I had to DNF it. I've enjoyed all the other Sparks books I've read so far, but this one isn't for me. Honestly it's dull. I can't get into it and I hate the characters. Russell is an annoying people pleaser and his wife Vivian is a...well...rhymes with witch. The plot drags and I just had to give up on it. I'm sad because I really wanted to like this one, but it's just not for me.
Romance Lovers - BUY - Something Else
I hesitated reading this book due to the many one star reviews, but I am a loyal fan and have read everything Nicholas Sparks has ever published and didn't want to stop now. Yes, in agreement with many reviews, this book is a total departure from his usual guy meets girl and falls in love premise. So it was a difficult one for me to rate, waffling between two and three stars, because darn it, I expect romance from Sparks! In ...more
“Two by two,”
“they came in pairs, from all over the world.”
It took me a few hours to digest the story after I finished reading it.
It was a novel full of heartbreak, at times bittersweet but also with a great amount of love and healing power.
“It’s about someone who walks into your life, says I’m here for you, and then proves it.”
The tale begins with a recently married young couple, Russell and Vivian Green, who are expecting a baby. When London is born Russell couldn't be happier to have ...more
Please note this book will make you cry! And though there is a romance embedded in this story, this book should really be classified as fiction (like women's fiction but without any humor). Perhaps what struck me the most is that: although it's told from a man's perspective, it could equally apply to a woman.
To get the full benefit of this story, however, you must will yourself through what will inevitably feel like a very difficu ...more
Now, I don't want to pick on his personal life - but I feel like it's so relevant to where the writing is at right now. Sorry ...more
There is SO much I could/would/want to say about this book.
I'm trying to keep it short...ish. ☺
First of all we have to remember that this is the 2nd NS books post divorce. And just like the last one See Me, this one, too, is very different from his older books.
You usually could depend on a NS book to be moving, sad, romantic, adorable and people were always dying. And a lot of that we have in this new book too. But it's still completely different.
I read a few low-star ratings before going in and ...more
Two by Two, the latest release from international bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, was an auto buy for me. I always rush out to buy each new book Sparks releases, as his familiar love lost – love found formula, with a few dips in the road thrown in for good measure, gets me every time. Two by Two does contain the classic ingredients that we have come to love about a Nicholas Sparks novel but Two by Two delivers the final product in a slightly di ...more
Também não quero que pensem que sou burro, mas sabedoria é muito mais que inteligência porque engloba compreensão, empatia, experiência, paz interior e intuição, e agora que penso nisso é óbvio que me faltam muitas dessas características."
“I’m not a wise man.
I’m not unintelligent, mind you. But wisdom means more than being intelligent, because it encompasses understanding, empathy, experience, inner peace, and intuition, and in retrospect, I obviously lack many of those ...more
It is narrated by Russell - husband to Vivian and father of London. He is a wonderful father, but somehow his relationship with Vivian has been in a bit of free fall, without his awareness. He is a romantic, a people pleaser - he is always trying to give her what she wants and has started to fail miserably. It seems he is ...more
In “Two by Two”, we are introduced to Russell Green, an advertising executive who has a happy and seemingly perfect life with his gorgeous wife and young daughter. Soon though, Russell’s life is turned upside down when he loses his job and his wife files for divorce. Russell is soon the sole caregiver of his young daughter, and as he tries to bal ...more
I wouldn't exactly say that it's not worth reading, because it does have a lot of good marital and family building advice; I just thought the story took a turn.
All of Sparks' characters usually have personality to them to give fervor for further reading; yet, Russel gave me a slump in the book by pag ...more
It's his longest book, and yet the book that didn't need to be even half as long. While I ended up liking Russ and London in the end, the entire first ha ...more
32 year old Russ Green seems to have the picture perfect life...a beautiful wife, Vivian, adorable 6 year old daughter, London, a successful career as an advertising executive and a stunning home in Charlotte, close to his mother and father as well as his older sister, Marge and her partner Liz. Anyone looking in would think that he's living the dream. But things aren't always what they seem and u ...more
OK, now that I've got that out of the way, I feel a tiny bit better. This book is so good! Really! It's fiction but it's not. It's incredibly realistic and very believable. It's NOT a romance book though. If you are looking for a love story, this book is not for you. But if you're looking for a great book about a fat ...more
I feel like it's been a while since I read an emotional book because this one took so many shots on me. Geeze, Russ and London's relationship was definitely goals! Kind of reminds me and my relationship with my dad. I didn't like Vivian at all and I LOVED Marge.
Besides all of that lovely information, you will cry or shed a tear at one point in this book. Nicholas Sparks is some sort of tear wizard basically asking for all of our gypsy tears to make his next book ...more
I really love Nickolas Sparks and his writing. When I read this book it was different for him. The writing was really good. I am kind of glad that he kind of change this up a bit from his other books that he has written before. It was really not what I was excepting from him but it was still really good. I would say that if you don't like to read any Nickolas Sparks books then this would not be a book for you. If you like to read Nickolas Sparks books then you will find out that it is dif ...more
Russ suddenly finds himself in the role of “Mr. Mom” (rem ...more
It is a reflection of Russ's life and the vivid memories he has of their meeting and marrying Vivian. They never had a spark in their relationship especially when Russ quit the job and start his own advertising agency. The only bright ...more
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.
Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the n...more