The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
The Lucky One opens when two very different men meet. Deputy Keith Clayton is a sleaze who is sneaking through the North Carolina underbrush in order to take pictures of a group of skinny-dipping coeds. And Marine Logan Thibault - After he leaves the Marines, Logan experiences a profound tragedy that spurs him to find the mysterious woman in the picture. Logan finds the photograph to be his 'good luck charm' as he survived the deadliest of wars, and won numerous hands of poker upon finding it. He can deduce a few clues from the photograph, so he takes his German shepherd, Zeus, and begins walking with only a pack on his back. When he finally reaches Hampton, North Carolina, immediately after his encounter with Deputy Clayton, he has a feeling that he is nearing the end of his quest. Sure enough, when he shows the photograph to locals, they inform him who the woman is: Beth Green, a schoolteacher and mother who lives with her grandmother at the family dog kennels. They also warn him that Beth is off-limits; she has an ex-husband who no one wants to mess with. From just the start of the book I can tell Im not going to like Deputy Clayton at all. He seems like he is someone who although part of the law, would break it for what he wants. Clayton knew that local students liked to go to a certain private part of the beach to skinny dip and swim. So Clayton goes there often, but not to stop them - but to take pictures for himself. There is no telling how many photos like that he has. Clayton disturbs me.
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