#BookBeginnings The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Today we’re starting the next book in The Bestseller Code 100 challengeThe Choice by Nicholas Sparks for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



The Choice* by Nicholas Sparks

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Summary:  Travis Parker is happy being a bachelor. However, when he meets his new neighbor Gabby Holland, his life might just turn upside down.

The Choice was made into a movie that was released in 2016.

First Sentence of Prologue:

Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise. At least, that’s what Travis Parker recalled his dad telling him when he was a child.

Do you agree that the best stories are those with a surprise ending?

I like a surprise ending that is an interesting twist, but I don’t like a surprise ending where nothing is as I thought it was.

Nicholas Sparks’s first published novel was The Notebook. In it a man reads stories from an old notebook. Does it seem like stories are a theme with Nicholas Sparks?

First Sentences of Chapter One:

“Tell me again why I agreed to help you with this.” Matt, red-faced and grunting, continued to push the spa toward the recently cut square at the far edge of the deck.

It is interesting that the first person introduced in Chapter One is not the main character.

What do you think?


  1. I haven’t read Sparks in years and I love the beginning! I think I would question why I agreed to help too!

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    It has been a while since I read Sparks, but when I’m in the mood for his novels, I usually enjoy them.

    I don’t like bad surprises…good ones are okay by me, though. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  3. Anne@Headfullofbooks

    I love it when authors surprise me and hate it when I can figure out what will happen next. Good opening. My Friday Quotes

  4. Kathy Martin

    This sounds good. I do like a surprise ending. This week I have Better Off Read by Nora Page. Happy reading!

  5. reese

    Not always, but sometimes! Sometimes I’m reading for the story and then I like surprises, but sometimes I just like the characters. But it’s a good question, and I like it there at the very beginning of the book.

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