Published – October 4th 2016
Genre – Fiction
Summary – At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.
Two by Two was an obvious choice. There are a few authors that I just HAVE to read their new releases; Nicholas Sparks is one of those authors.
While I wouldn’t say that Two by Two is one of his best books, it was still very good.
My husband and I listened to this book on CD in the car during long rides to relatives. We both got really into it. Every time we’d jump in the car we’d predict the next chapter.
I knew from the start Vivian was not invested in the marriage anymore. Even though most people wouldn’t call it abuse from Vivian, I was angry at Russ for just sitting back and taking what she dished him. Russ was a model example of how to conduct yourself when talking to a soon-to-be ex-wife while Vivian would be cruel. He never stood up for himself. I couldn’t be mad at him though because he was a wonderful father and loved deeply…so sometimes I’d shout at Vivian for him.
Obviously most of the book was bittersweet. London would pop in and cheer everybody up…but the rest of the time it was somber, sad, or frustrating. This is not your lovey-dovey The Notebook Nicholas Sparks. It wasn’t about two people falling in love, but rather two people falling out of love (among other situations).
I don’t say this to deter you from reading though. I enjoyed Two by Two all the way through (and so did my husband!).
Nicholas Sparks’ Two by Two is a bittersweet story of two people falling out of love and a growing bond between a father and daughter. The book on CD entertained my husband and me on long car rides.