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Author: Nicholas Sparks / Genre: Fiction

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      19.05.2011 07:48
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      A moving tale of how a woman and man try to rescue each other

      Denise is a single mother of Kyle, he is 5 years old but has speech problems. He is very underdeveloped and she longs for the day he tells her that he loves him. She has moved from her life in Atlanta to the house which her mother left to her in Edenton. She spends her evenings working in a diner and the days teaching Kyle to talk and visiting doctors. Denise really does live a quiet and lonely life since her move.

      Her life is about to take a drastic turn when one evening she is driving home from another doctors appointment when she has an accident and comes off the road. She is rescued by volunteer fire man Taylor but it soon becomes clear that Kyle has gone missing. Denise is reluctantly taken to hospital and Taylor vows to find Kyle. Kyle is soon found safe and well and Taylor delivers on his promise.

      Taylor too has a troubled life and since the death of his father he has not really known what to do with his life. He befriends Denise and they start to spend a lot of time together but can they both overcome their pasts and make their friendship more and will Denise ever here the words she so longs to hear from Kyle?

      I am a big fan of Nicholas Sparks and so I was very eager to red this book. I loved it right from the start. The story was great and very moving at times. I have only given a very brief outline of the story above and there really is so much more to be discovered from reading the book. I found it was very easy to read and enjoyable and packed full of emotions. The way the story was written was great as it gave lots of details about the characters and places but not too much to make me get bored. As a result I was able to build up a good mental picture of the characters and feel that I really got to know them all and the places they lived and visited. If I had one criticism then it would have been to have heard more about the town they lived in as it was so laid back and I think this would have been interesting to find out about.

      I found the two lead characters were lovely. Denise came across so different throughout the book. She was strong and dependant when it came to Kyle and his speech but we got to see the vulnerable side of her too and how she needed company. I loved how these aspects of her blended together and so made for an all round nice character. Taylor was slightly more complex. He was always coming across as hiding something and we did soon learn what it was but it was not fully revealed to us to the end of the book and I felt this added a little mystery to him and enjoyed it as it made him different from other straight forward characters. He was strong when needed and also a dare devil when it came to working for the fire department. He was very nice and pleasant and I loved how he always tried to help people. He never came across in a bad way and I did connect very well with him. We did have a few other characters in the book and despite being connected to the lead characters they did have small side stories of their own. This gave the story some depth and they were all very likable and fitted well with the story.

      The setting for the story was in a quiet town in North Carolina, I think this was a great choice as the slow paced way of life seemed to add to the story and the distinct lack of technology was great. I don't think this story would have had the same impact had it been set in a big city. We did get some good details about the area but I would have liked slightly more.

      When I was reading the book I did get very engrossed at times and had trouble in putting it down, therefore it did only take me two days to read. I think this was due to the fact it had me feeling so many emotions. I was happy for the majority of the book as things were blossoming and Kyle was happy but there were times when I would get sad and quite emotional for the characters. The story started off very dramatic and I think this is really what got me into the story as I had to keep reading the first three chapters to see what happened to Kyle and after this I fell in love with the characters so did not want to stop reading. I have to admit this is the first of Nicholas Sparks' book which had not made me cry but I don't think this is a bad thing as it is more of a happy story than other books. It is still a great read and full of emotions.

      The book which I have is the paperback edition and this has the retail price on the back cover of £7.99. You can buy this for under £5 on Amazon but I would be willing to pay the full price as I love this author and all of his books. The book was published by Sphere.

      I am more than happy to give this book a high recommendation and the full 5 stars. The story is excellent and moving and the characters are all so easy to get to know and understand. I think it would make a great escape read and one which will make you thankful for the little things which you have. This is definitely another strong book by Nicholas Sparks.

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        21.01.2010 22:01

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        Excellent romantic novel

        I absolutely love this book and its one of my favourites.
        As a Nicholas Sparks book it does not disappoint. He is a brilliant author, good at writing romantic novels which are not sexually explicit with characters that draw you in.
        I have read this book numerous times and it still does not disappoint. The characters including the little boy draw you in and you read it wanting everything to work out for the best.
        I hope this book is made into a movie.
        The story focuses on 3 main characters: a single mother, Denise and her 4 year old boy Kyle have a car crash during a storm. She is found by a volunteer fireman, Taylor, however her son is missing. This leads to Taylor having to search for Kyle and his relationship with Denise blossoms. I don't want to give any more away but it does not disappoint.
        The reason I likethis book is that the characters come to life and seem like they could be real- I know the story is a little far fetched and unlikely to happen however the description of the characters and knowledge you find throughout the book makes you want to keep reading. The little boy (Kyle) in particular is a great character- made to life by quotes of his speech and mannerisms. I felt connected with Kyle and Denise as if they were someone I knew.
        I do not want to spoil the storyline but as with all Nicholas Sparks novels the romance is pitched at just the right level- not too mushy or sexual. This is a book which you could give to a teenage girl without being too embarrassed or a married woman.
        The title of the book could refer to a number of occasions in the book, a clever point made by Sparks, however I feel it refers to the relationship and romantic rescue of the characters.
        The length of the book is adequate with 480 pages- it could be read in a day or over a few evenings (if you are a quick reader like myself). To be honest I could not put this book down so ended up reading it in one go.

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        10.09.2009 21:16
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        Something to make you feel all warm inside

        The Rescue is a very good book, I feel it's safe to say that it is one of my favourite Nicholas Sparks books and as Nicholas Sparks is one of my favourite authors it makes it one of the best books that I have ever read. As with all his books this story is set in North Carolina. It starts off with a raging storm, one that could be considered record breaking. Denise and her son Kyle are driving along when their car skids off the road. When Denise comes round the fire department are there but her son isn't. This sends her into a major panic as not only is her son missing, but he is only 4 years old and he has severe learning difficulties. Taylor, a volunteer fireman, goes off in search of Kyle along with other members of the force. During this time he forms a connection with Denise and her son. Taylor is well known amongst his department for taking extreme risks that no one else would take but he cannot fall in love. The remainder of the book follows the story of Denise, Taylor and Kyles relationship. It shows how it develops and how this original rescue could turn into rescuing Taylor from a life without love.

        I find that many of the parts in this book grip my attention. I enjoy the descriptions of the small town lives that the main characters lead, coming from a large town it is hard to imagine living in a place like that and Nicholas Sparks often makes it seem really enjoyable. I also really liked the focus on Kyle. The story puts an interesting perspective on his learning difficulties and shows the mothers love and frustrations with the issue brilliantly, it also adds an additional slant by showing the role that Taylor plays in overcoming these difficulties. Obviously the main part of the story that I like is the romance, as a true romantic I can't help but be moved by the story line as it progresses. I don't want to give away the ending so I will stop right here and just say that this book is well worth reading, it will definitely make you smile :)

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        15.06.2009 17:20
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        Sorry, couldn't come up with a better headline lol.

        Yes it is another Nicholas Sparks book review, I am just about to sell some of my Nicholas Sparks books on as I really don't have any more room in my room for books, and as I've read them all a billion times they're pretty much in my mind now.

        Nicholas Sparks is a well known American author who writes romantic fiction, he is constantly the best seller in the New York Times list, and the one thing that I like is he uses the names of his huge family in his books, and uses a lot of himself to write. I believe all of his books are set in his home town of North Carolina.

        The Rescue I have to say was probably one of the weakest books that I have read by Sparks and I did actually love this book.

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        For years now as a fireman, its Tyler McAddens job to be surrounded daily by different risks, however he has never been able to take the biggest risk of all and fall in love. When one of the worst storms hits his small town he finds a car which has crashed on a wet road and inside he finds a woman called Denise, who is searching for her disabled son Kyle.

        It is now Taylor's job to find Kyle, and once he does, he begins to see Denise in a different light, and they both have to overcome all of the walls that they have put around themselves and fall in love.

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        My Opinion
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        I have to say I do count this book as probably one of the weakest Nicholas Sparks book out of them all, and it's still fantastic. Nicholas Sparks delivers again, it's not as compelling as The Notebook and the ending did not make me cry (which is shocking as you expect it with a Nicholas Sparks book), but he does write a fantastic story which has some amazing characters.

        Sparks really has a talent and he pulls you into each book your read and I dare you to try and put the book down without thinking about reading the rest of it for the rest of the day. He puts so much emotion into what he's writing and he is able to deliver some amazing compelling characters.

        The reason why I think this book is one of the weaker ones is it's not as emotional as the other books he writes, I know this sounds a bit weird but I've come to expect a good cry from Nicholas Sparks after reading his books, but in this one it was ended nicely, but maybe a bit too nicely.

        The book has a good storyline, and the characters are brilliant, but it was missing some of his Spark (pardon the pun), that is usually within his books.

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        Final Opinion
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        This book is good, however if you have never read Nicholas Sparks before, I would recommend reading some of his other work, The Notebook or A Walk To Remember as they are so much better than this book is and they really do pull you in so you sit through cover to cover.

        I will be actually selling some of Nicholas Sparks books on EBay soon, as I have everyone he's ever written and they just take up so much room. You can pretty much get his books for pennys on EBay but on sites like Play.com you are looking to pay £5 for it. Our library has hundreds of Nicholas Sparks books so check for them there as well.

        It's a great Nicholas Sparks book, but could have been a lot better.

        (C) Kirsty 2009

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          09.02.2008 21:25
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          An amazing novel, full of emotions

          As I am an avid fan of Nicholas Sparks - this just one of the books in my collection.

          The story goes around a volunteer firefighter Taylor who known as the "risk taker" he will do anything for anyone - but there is one thing he cant do - and that is to fall in love. There is one rescue what will test this promise he has made with himself which involved a mother of a disabled child - will this rescue him from the lack of love?

          Its amazing how Sparks describes the characters and their emotions.

          Nicholas Sparks has an amazing talent of drawing the reader into the story, and just sweeping you away; it just makes you want to read the whole book in one sitting. It is predictable in some places - you can kind of guess what's going to happen, but there are twists which will have you guessing again.

          I recommend this novel to anyone who has read Nicholas Sparks before and hasn't got round to this one - this will suite any romance novel addict.


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          Paperback: 480 pages
          Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks (1 Jun 2006)
          Language English
          ISBN-10: 0751538906
          ISBN-13: 978-0751538908
          Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm

          Price: £6.99 (RRP)

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            22.09.2005 17:21
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            Compelling reading, good unusaual storyline.

            This is the second time I’ve found a special favourite book by novelist Nicholas Sparks a well-loved author of romantic fiction and a consistent best seller in the New York Times. So why does his books appeal so much in a genre that is normally considered a women’s territory? Unlike many American authors he writes with simplicity about the feelings of both genders indeed he sometimes appears to have a rare insight into the human psyche that surpasses many a novel written in any language and in any particular place. Although most of his books are set in the region of North Carolina it’s easy for the reader to see the setting in terms of their own country. The usual “American” expressions are limited to places only and this, I feel, is the secret of their success.

            You could easily pick up this book, look at the back cover and think, “okay this sounds interesting but hasn’t this been done before?” Certainly the concept of a man who finds it hard to love and a woman in distress may have come under your prior reading material but Spark’s introduces a new element, one that few authors could portray without descending in bathos. It’s this deep understanding of human relationships and in this case a different element from previous stories, which works so well.

            The book opens on a taught situation and immediately becomes a page-turner. In the middle of one of the worst storms to hit the small town of Edenton a young single mother with a disabled child is caught in the ferocious storm on a highway leading home. The driving rain hampers visibility and cars are crawling at five miles an hour, desperate to get ahead of the storm front and running out of fuel Denise Holten pulls into a gas station to refuel, all the while aware of the seriousness of her situation. For Denise has a young boy Kyle, a four-year-old child with the speech skills and behavioural patterns of a two-year-old child.
            When her car crashes on the wet road Denise, unconscious with a head injury is rescued by Taylor McAden, a volunteer fireman, but Kyle is missing and in a rush against time Taylor has to find the boy before all hope is lost.

            The search for Kyle and the subsequent results of the rescue draws together both Taylor, Denise and Kyle uncovering the lives and the fears that surround the adults but also impacts on Kyle in a way that couldn’t have been imagined by Denise. For both have their own secret lives and fears and to get beyond barriers that have been in place for many years takes a courage that is more demanding than raw physical courage, it needs a leap of faith, something that both are unwilling to take until tragedy strikes undermining everything that Taylor once believed in. Is there any hope that Taylor can survive a fate that he seems doomed to follow to the bitter end? Can Denise trust a man who first befriends and then turns his back on her and her son? If you want to know more then you will have to read the book yourself.

            Nicholas Sparks is known for his bittersweet romances and the reader can never guess how the ending turns out. There is always some kind of moral in his stories but he keeps this secret until the end. You may glimpse some of the truth as you read but you cannot ever judge the ending with characters that have some basic flaws.
            This is his strength; in bringing characters to life on every page until you long to know the secrets they hide. You will never find a typical character although each are so lovingly drawn that you feel you are near to understanding them, for Spark’s creates real people not two-dimensional characters from a fairy-tale romance. His characters have warmth and depth so much so that you identify with their failings and feelings.

            Kyle really stole the show for me, a child with severe learning difficulties every small step he advances as the story unfolds had me near to tears. I loved the way that his speech was translated throughout the book it seemed true to me and the poignancy of a child who merely parrots words rather than discovers his own kept me urging him on to discover something new in his vocabulary.
            Denise had my full sympathy from the start of the book, a single parent struggling to make ends meet with a child so disabled but looking so normal I felt every pain and each small triumph as she teaches her child a new word each day, even when the specialists say there is little hope, she carries on with love and determination.
            Taylor is an enigma as are many of Spark’s male characters but you sense there is a man with deep feelings under the mask of his character.

            The other minor characters play a stronger role in this book than in any I have read so far, Taylor’s mother, his friend Mitch, another volunteer fireman, his wife Melissa and her sons. The townspeople of Edenton, the crews of the volunteer fire brigade all have a place and a role in the story but it’s the shadows of the past that determine the course of the story.

            This has to be one of Spark’s best novels; it’s one of his earlier books and reached number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. I first read it in 2001 and it stayed in mind for a long time but only as a story that made me think and feel. I rediscovered it after reading another three of his books and the second experience was as good as the first. It’s always hard to interest other people in a book which keeps you spellbound for a while, how can you say what moves you deeply without giving the plot away?
            I feel like saying, “Read this, because it will enrich your life” but I’m aware that putting this under the general category of “Romance” will put people off.
            So I’m going to leave you a little dialogue from the book, it’s in two parts, the first is an early dialogue between mother and son, the second is later on, I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions and sincerely hope that you will be as captivated as I was once in 2001 and now again in 2005.

            Denise and Kyle are by the river when the conversation starts,
            “Kyle, honey, do you see any boats?”
            No answer, there are no boats in sight so she tries again,
            “Kyle? Say, “I don’t see any boats”
            ‘Airplane’ (Owpwane)
            “I know it’s an airplane.” Say, “I don’t see any boats?”
            ‘Jet airplane’ (Jet owpwane)
            She looked at his face, so perfect, so beautiful, so normal looking.
            Despite all her efforts Kyle is only interested in his toy airplane.
            ………………………………………………………………

            This is a later excerpt taken from when Kyle is at a picnic, it’s abbreviated but shows another difficulty in communication. Kyle is having a tantrum because he can’t make himself understood; it’s at the end of a baseball game and Denise has to leave quickly for her part-time job.
            “Kyle, c’mon, let’s go” Denise said.
            “No” he answered.
            “The game’s over”
            “No, he’s not (no, ezz not).
            “Kyle, would you like to play?”
            “He’s not,” he said again, frowning now.
            Now Denise tries other questions, do you want to go home, are you tired, hungry, she’s running out of questions when suddenly he says again, “He’s not”
            “He’s not what?” frustrated.
            “He’s not Kye”
            “You’re not Kye?
            “Yes”
            “What’s your name? Is it Kyle?”
            “He’s not Kye, he’s linno man”
            She thought about it and then she made a guess,
            “Little Man?” she asked?
            “Eez linno man”. (Little man).

            This is what Taylor calls him and suddenly the reader sees Denise’s quandary, this child she has spent all her free time on trying to get him to speak even though it seems an impossible task has responded to a man, a man who is not whole, a man who cannot commit himself to any woman let alone a needy child.
            What will be the outcome?
            How can Taylor suddenly turn away from a small boy who has just responded for the first time in his life to anyone except his own mother?
            Read it and discover for yourself what makes this a good book.

            You can buy this on Amazon for £5.59, instead of £6.99. New and used books from £1.80, if you have read and enjoyed another book by Nicholas Sparks or would like to try two Amazon has special offers on two books at a discounted price.

            I make no apologies for giving so much of the plot away; it’s the sort of book, which needs a little more to appeal to the reader.

            Thanks for reading
            Lisa.

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              07.09.2001 01:55
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              The first time I ever read a book by Nicholas Sparks I was addicted. The book I read was "The Rescue". This book was done superbly and intangled you into the story almost immediately. I know for myself this was another one of his books I just couldn't put down. The two main characters,Taylor McAden and Denise Holton, get your emotions wound up right away. And that's just at the beginning of the book. Denise is a single mom left on her own with a handicapped child. She fights tooth and nail for her child, Kyle. The book shows the work and devotion that she has for Kyle. She stands right by Kyles side giving him every assistance so that he can try to overcome his handicap. The book shows the struggle and hardship involved in her decision to keep Kyle. Denise has never regretted her decision to keep her child. Everything she does is done with love and devotion. She had decided that her and Kyle needed to get away from the city she was living in and in the drive they run into a storm. She loses control of her car and lands up in the hospital. Kyle was left out somewhere in the area of the car and no one knew where he was. The man who rescued Denise was Taylor and as the book continues you see the possiblitie for a relationship between the two of them. Denises son, Kyle, is found and the story progresses. Taylor is a man with a big heart and loves to help people. He classified Denise as just another person he had helped. Little did he realize that cupids arrow had already been shot. Taylor never lets a relationship go anywhere when it starts to get serious. So naturally, when things start to get serious he turns cold and has Denise totally confused. The thing she is most concerned about is that Taylor and Kyle got along great. This change in attitude is affecting Kyle also. Well, she nails Taylor and gives him a piece of her mind. Read the book and find out whether Taylor had really turned cold toward Denise? Or had something
              happened in Taylors past to make him react to relationships this way? Read on as things really start getting interesting and you will be surprised how it ends.

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              When confronted by danger, volunteer fireman Taylor feels compelled to take terrifying risks, but he can not bring himself to fall in love. When he rescues unconscious single mother Denise, her disabled son is missing, and during the search a connection between Taylor and Denise takes root.