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The Rescue

A book by Nicholas Sparks

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Tearjerker for all mothers of little boys out there!

  • Jul 1, 2010

My emotional reaction to this story was lots of tears, because the storyline featured a little boy that went missing, and I am a mom to a little boy so it pulled on my heartstrings!
I don't have to recommend anyone to read this novel because almost all of my female friends love to read anything by Nicholas Sparks. But to everyone else, I would recommend it to anyone that is a parent, likes a good tearjerker and happy ending.

The setting of the story is a small town where everybody knows eachother. It is one of those towns where nobody ever leaves and their families have lived there for years and years.

The story is about a single mom's little boy going missing on a dark rainy night, following a car accident.  The mother, Denise is understandably distraught and the emergency services spend all night looking for her son, Kyle, in marshes, one fireman, Taylor, in particular who knows the lands well uses his skills to find Kyle.
When Taylor is introduced to the story, the reader automatically thinks "perfect match for Denise" as he seems like a straight-up guy and they are perfect for eachother. But he has baggage and no good reason for it, which causes the relationship between Taylor and Denise to go slowly. Very, very, slowly. 

The theme of the story is about the rescue of a little boy, but it obviously ends up being the rescue of Taylor and his issues. Finally.
 The message in the story shows that two good people end up together, a single mom who is not by choice single, and Taylor who is single because his relationships never work out, he just needed that one lady to understand why...

 I read this book after falling in love with the movie The Notebook, but after reading through about 5 of Spark's novels, the plot is usually the same. But I have to say the books are much better than the movies, which have usually been hollywood-ised - such as the ending gets changed to be a sappy happy one.

 It's a rare man that can write about such profound romance and feeling between a couple - or have I just been surrounded by unemotional men all my life? When I discovered that The Notebook was written by a MAN, I was rather surprised and assumed he must have grown up in a household full of women. But upon reading about him, I have discovered his upbringing was very average although scattered with sad life experiences. 

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review by . April 26, 2002
Pros: nicely written, good character development     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: Mr. Sparks writes a damn decent novel     This is the 4th novel I¬íve read by Nicholas Sparks, finding that his novels all deal with a reoccurring theme of familial love and relationships. In this past novels, he dipped into memories garnered from his own family and the experiences they met with in their lives. He makes no mention of this in this novel, …
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I am a stay at home Mom getting ready to return to work. I have a 2 year old son who keeps me very very busy! I like walking, cooking, reading and going to the beach.
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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.<p>Then, one day, a raging, record-breaking storm hits his small Southern town. Denise Holton, a young single mother, is driving through it when her car skids off the road. With her is her four-year-old son, Kyle. Unconscious and bleeding, she - not Kyle - is found. And when she wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them: Kyle is gone.<p>During the search for Kyle, the connection, the lifeline, between Taylor and Denise takes root. Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will lead him to the possibility of his own rescue from a life lived without love. That it will dare him to live life to the fullest by daring to love.
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ISBN-13: 978-0739328552
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: ·, Family & Relationships
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Date Published: May 05, 2009
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