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The Rescue

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  172,534 ratings  ·  4,050 reviews
When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks; but there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love.

BookPage calls Nicholas Sparks, "a modern master of fateful love stories," and his phenomenal bestsellers- The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, and A Walk to Rem
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2000)
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Liny Hello, i don't think it would be unappropriate for your daughter. There is no description of "making love" in the book. Modesty could be a key word.
Hello, i don't think it would be unappropriate for your daughter. There is no description of "making love" in the book. Modesty could be a key word.
Both characters have difficulties about love by trusting and expressing themselves about their feelings.
It is a very beautiful book as Nicholas Sparks often do which offer a very nice vision of love.
I would not say it is unappropriate for a teenager but if you're not sure, the best thing to do may be to read it yourself before she does.
Hope she will enjoy it !(less)

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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: My best friend who gave this book as a b-day present around four months ago.^^
I used to see Mr. Nicholas Sparks as a guy who kills off his characters for sport. Like every time he writes a new story, I picture him rubbing the palm of his hands against each other while madly grinning and asking “Who I am going to kill this time? *insert evil laugh here*” Only after reading this particular novel of his did I learn how wrong I was. I learned that most of his stories’ premises are based from his real life experiences or about members of his family and I believe it takes true ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mr Sparks, you sure know how to break my heart and burn my tear glands.

This book left me in tears from the very first chapter till the end. But it's the last two chapters that got me cry like no one could understand what I was going through while crying with the main characters. It was so heart breaking!

The story deals with a single mom, Denise, taking care of her 4 year old son, Kyle, who had some delayed learning disability which the doctors couldn't give a proper diagnosis.
Then there's volun
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Rescue, Nicholas Sparks
The Rescue is a novel written by the American author Nicholas Sparks, first published in 2000. When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks; but there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: He can't fall in love. He was the person who found Denise’s son the night of her car wreck. Denise Holton has no family, both of her parents have died. She is alone and a single mother
Rachel Maniacup
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Aj the Ravenous Reader
This is an emotional,heartwarming story of three impaired individuals starting with Denise Holden, a single mother who is struggling to raise her four year old son KYLE, a cute boy who suffers with delayed speech disorder(an auditory processing syndrome). And Taylor Mc Aden(the flawed hero,dealing with his demons),the volunteer firefighter who rescued Denise and Kyle in a heavy rain storm,when their car crashed on the edge of a swamp.

So far,I think this is the best novel I've read of Nicholas Sp
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
May 08, 2012 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.

Trupti Dorge
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own
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Mar 19, 2013 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
Sara Dahaabović
“People come, people go – they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.”

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
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 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
Dec 12, 2007 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. :) ...more
It has been a while since I've read a book by Nicholas Sparks and I have no idea why.

However, I'm so happy that I dived back into his books due to this read-a-thon I joined recently. WHY? Because I just love to read and I love to read really good books. I mean, who doesn't?

The Rescue was so freaking good. It has such a good opening line that basically sucks you instantaneously. Now this book is about Taylor McAden and Denise Holden - and boy do I love these two people so freaking much. Taylor is
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
As the parent of a child with special needs, this book came very close to my heart.

It may look like a cliche at first: a sweet love story between a beautiful woman in need of rescue and a rugged handsome hero on the background of an idyllic small town. But trust me, it is much more than that!

This is the story of Denise Holden, a single mother in her late twenties who struggles to raise her little cute 4 year old boy Kyle, who suffers of a delayed speech disorder. And while describing Denise's li
Shauna Hruby
Aug 28, 2009 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
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Re-read: April 2016
3rd time reading

She knew that the initial feelings associated with love were almost like an ocean wave in their intensity, acting as the magnetic force that drew two people together. It was possible to be washed away in the emotion, but the wave wouldn't last forever. It couldn't -- nor was it meant to be -- but if two people were right for each other, a truer kind of love could last forever in it's wake. At least, that's what she believed.

Single mom Denise Holton is driving
Gina Giuliano
Aug 01, 2007 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
Megan Kolde
May 22, 2012 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
Jun 10, 2010 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
Jenny Palliveettil
May 21, 2013 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, tryi
Mar 25, 2009 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
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
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. ...more
Sep 11, 2020 marked it as dropped  ·  review of another edition
DNF halfway

I can deal with the "almond shaped eyes" bs. Like I've said before, everybody has almond shaped eyes. I don't see round eyes or square eyes or oval eyes.
If you ask what shape mine are, sure I'll concede they're almonds, and not that big either, and hey I'm not Asian.
What I won't stand by is calling them "exotic eyes". Whatever the f* Nicholas Sparks even means with that.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Remember loving this one, time to read again.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
my heart. Oh it fucking hurts - a lot.
Shehzeen Muzaffar
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Steph Su
Feb 23, 2009 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
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
I realize the problem with reading through the catalog of an author that it tends to highlight the trends and tropes used in their work and Sparks is famous for the tropes. A single parent, an aloof character, A dead character, etc. It took me a little longer to finish this book as well. Well, as usual, my review would not have the story details as that's available in the summary of the book. It's all about how the book made me feel. It was nice but similar to all the other Sparks books.

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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

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