Title: The Rescue
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Summary: 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, Taylor has sought out women who need to be rescued, women he leaves as soon as their crisis is over and the relationship starts to become truly intimate. When a raging storm hits his small Southern town, single mother Denise Holton’s car skids off the road. The young mom is with her four-year-old son Kyle, a boy with severe learning disabilities and for whom she has sacrificed everything. Taylor McAden finds her unconscious and bleeding, but does not find Kyle. When Denise wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them: Kyle is gone. During the search for Kyle, the connection between Taylor and Denise takes root. Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will be different from all the others, demanding far more than raw physical courage. It will lead him to the possibility of his own rescue from a life lived without love and will require him to open doors to his past that were slammed shut by pain. This rescue will dare him to live life to the fullest by daring to love.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was another book that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I did - in fact I pretty much read this book straight through the weekend to finish it. While it's not a book that will make my top reads - it was still a sweet, enjoyable read.
I can't say that there was any one character that stood out for me. They were all pretty much on the same page, but they were fairly well written and they came together well enough, their development was fine as well and that part was well written, but there was nothing extraordinary about any character that stood out for me. The story itself was what hooked me. And while, yes the story is a little bit cliché, I still enjoyed how Taylor and Denise came together and fell in love, the little pieces here and there just made for a good read.
Overall, it was a good read - well worth reading. Something that is a little different than what I usually read but I'm glad I did.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it's a sweet story - good for a quick read.
What to read next: If you like it more books by the author.
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