Thursday, March 28, 2019

Two By Two

Two by Two by [Sparks, Nicholas]

Don't be misled to think this is a romance, like so many other of Mr. Sparks' books. That was the mistake I made, though it does have a romantic thread. 

Overall I enjoyed the story of Russ and the slice of life presented of his family. 
However, I wasn't a fan of the format. Each chapter starts with a flashback, not all of which I needed to enrich the present. 
I wasn't a fan of Vivian, Russ' wife. Mostly I wanted to push her off a cliff. 
London was adorable. 
As usual a character was killed off. 
My biggest issue was the length. IMO this book could've been half the length and would've been just as strong, perhaps even stronger. 

If you like Nicholas Sparks you'll enjoy this book. 

A heartwarming, powerful novel about a single father who must discover the true nature of unconditional love after his world is turned upside down--from the world's most beloved author of love stories. 

At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding--one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.

When a chance encounter with an old flame tempts him to take a chance on love again, he will navigate this new opportunity with trepidation and wonder. But with the loyal support of his parents and his wise older sister Marge, and in the hard-won lessons of fatherhood, Russ will finally come to understand the true nature of unconditional love--that it is a treasure to be bestowed, never earned.