Ni­cholas Sparks de­buts 20th novel

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Lincee Ray

“Two By Two” (Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing), by Ni­cholas Sparks

In 1996, Ni­cholas Sparks in­tro­duced the world to Al­lie and Noah in his best­selling novel “The Note­book.” Their story be­came an overnight sen­sa­tion. Two decades later, Sparks con­tin­ues to prove he’s an ex­pert in ex­plor­ing real world chal­lenges in a be­liev­able ro­man­tic genre. His twentieth work, “Two By Two,” ex­tends his im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of lit­er­ary tales.

Rus­sell Green is liv­ing a dream life. His young daugh­ter, Lon­don, is adorable; his ca­reer is tak­ing him places; and his wife, Vi­vian, is the to­tal pack­age. From the out­side look­ing in, the Greens ap­pear to be the per­fect fam­ily, but that’s not nec­es­sar­ily the case be­hind closed doors. He can’t help notic­ing that his wife is dis­tanc­ing her­self, but noth­ing can pre­pare him for the day when Vi­vian de­cides to leave the fam­ily and move to another state to start a high-end job.

In a mat­ter of days, he must learn how to nav­i­gate the world as a sin­gle fa­ther rais­ing a 6-year-old. He tack­les wash­ing dance out­fits, driv­ing to art classes, mak­ing nu­tri­tious meals and as­suag­ing the anx­i­ety of his lit­tle girl. Not only does he take care of ev­ery de­tail of his daugh­ter’s life, he also works hard to build a solid foun­da­tion for his new ad­ver­tis­ing firm.

Through ev­ery new ex­pe­ri­ence, he de­pends on his par­ents, sis­ter and friendly art-class moms to help steer him in the right di­rec­tion. As the weeks pass, he ac­cepts his new re­al­ity and even be­gins to own his role as Lon­don’s chauf­feur, chef, nurse, play­mate and bed­time sto­ry­teller. Most of all, his love for his daugh­ter grows beyond his un­der­stand­ing as he comes to re­al­ize that she is his world as much as he is hers.

“Two By Two” is a tu­mul­tuous story wrapped in a world of bro­ken re­la­tion­ships. Sparks in­vites read­ers to take a jour­ney that stares risks and re­wards di­rectly in the face. Whether it’s ten­der­ness be­tween a hus­band and wife or af­fec­tion be­tween a fa­ther and his daugh­ter, Sparks has def­i­nitely mas­tered the art of love. On­line:

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