Two by Two is Nicolas Sparks' twentieth book which centres on a newly single father Russel and his relationship with the important people in his life after the misfortune of losing his job.
This book is a departure from his winning formula of girl (or woman) meets the love of her life but they can't be together because of some obstacle. Instead of a couple falling madly in love, it's about a couple falling apart. Sparks went through a divorce in early 2015 and you wonder if this influenced his writing.
The story is told from Russel's first person point of view. He is the classic people pleaser and he tries unsuccessfully to provide his wife Vivian with everything she wants. She is an unlikeable character with a passive-aggressive nature and escapes through retail therapy.
Fortunately, there are other women in Russel's life and the passages where he spends time with his young daughter are heart-warming. It's good to see he has support from his sister, Maggie and an old friend, Emily.
This book is longer than usual, so clear out your calendar for the weekend and settle down in a comfy chair. I missed the author's usual positive outlook on romance and true love. This isn't a tale of romance, rather it's about the drama of a family supporting each other through difficult times.
Two by Two is a solid story of heartbreak and determination to start afresh from best-selling author Nicolas Sparks.
Two by Two is available in hardcover and eBook from your favourite bookseller.
ISBN: 9780751550030 Published by Hachette Australia
About the Author
With over 105 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include thirteen number one New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than fifty languages. Eleven of his novels have been adapted into major films - The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook and The Choice.