Reviews of Lucky One, the (2008)
Review by michael a draper (2011-04-15)
When jogging early one morning, U.S. Marine, Logan Thibault, finds a photo sticking out of the desert sand in Iraq. The girl in the photo is posed in front of a sign that said, "Lucky Lady." There is an inscription, "Keep safe. E."
When Logan doesn't find the owner, before going into action, he places the photo in his pocket.
Other members of his unit are killed or injured but Logan escapes injury and comes to feel that the girl is somehow protecting him.
After his release from active duty, he decides to find the woman. He isn't sure why, but, it's as if fate draws him to her, as if she was part of his destiny.
He sets about walking from his home in Colorado, with his dog, Zeus. The location of the fair ground in the photo is Hampton, North Carolina and that is his destination.
When he arrives, his first encounter is with Deputy Keith Clayton, a sneaky man who was in the woods taking photos of unsuspecting coeds who were sunbathing. Catching Clayton in this act, embarasses Clayton and causes him to feel resentment toward Logan.
Later, Logan learns that the woman in the photo, Elizabeth, "Beth," runs a kennel. Beth had been in need of help and Logan accepts a job working for her. He doesn't mention the photo but becomes an indespensible part of her operation while becoming friendly toward Beth's son, Ben, and her grandmother.
The pacing of the novel is well done, with a gradual build-up to a momentus conclusion. The reader doesn't know if Clayton will have his revenge and break-up the romance or if the couple will find happiness together.
(This review refers to the 2008 version titled “Lucky One, the”)