CLOUD ATLAS

Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel, the third book by British author David Mitchell. It consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas is a novel composed of six interlacing narratives, each one housed within the next, so that the first is a book read by a character in the second, the second a series of letters cherished by a character in the third, the third a populist novel being considered by a publisher in the third, and so on. To fully realize this Russian-doll experiment Mitchell divides each tale in half and places them, sandwich fashion, at opposite ends of the book. Thus the opening narrative is the last to be concluded, the second the penultimate, etc. At the centre of the novel lies the indivisible doll, an unbroken post-apocalyptic tale wrapped fivefold. Despite this symbiotic, intra-textual concept, further emphasized by the unifying themes of recurrence and predation, each narrative stands as a novella in its own right.

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KITE RUNNER

The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books, it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his father’s young Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

Because its themes of friendship, betrayal, guilt, redemption and the uneasy love between fathers and sons are universal, and not specifically Afghan, the book has been able to reach across cultural, racial, religious and gender gaps to resonate with readers of varying backgrounds.

— Khaled Hosseini, 2005

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CONFESS

Confess is a novel written by Colleen Hoover, published in March, 2015. The story is about the life of Auburn Reed, a girl with an incredibly hurtful past, and Owen Gentry, a guy who’s past with Auburn is a secret he’ll never share.

The story started with a prologue in Auburn’s perspective. Said prologue gives us a glimpse of what Auburn went through in the past, molding her into the strong woman she already is in present time. Her past with Adam, a man she fell in love with when she was 15 years old, might have been a quick one, (in the reader’s eyes, at least), but it felt just as real as any other love story.

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PS, I LOVE YOU

PS, I Love You is Irish writer Cecelia Ahern’s first novel, published in 2004. PS, I LOVE YOU is a powerful character study that focuses on grieving and healing. Holly is a fantastic protagonist who begins to mend through the solace provided by Gerry. Her weird family and her best friends provide sympathy, but cannot help her overcome her dread of life without Gerry. The hero is incredible as he knew when he will die and planned accordingly for what he could do to get his cherished Holly out of her depression and mourning and into the light of life. Cecelia Ahern provides a powerful drama that will leave no one dry-eyed.

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THE LUCKY ONE

The Lucky One is a 2008 romance novel by American writer Nicholas Sparks. The novel was adapted into a 2012 film starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling.
The book deals with the themes of starcrossed fate and destiny. Despite the allusions to such themes made in the novel, Sparks admitted that he does not necessarily believe in either. He adds, however, that he is “a big believer in the fact that people have the ability to influence the future in a way that seems coincidental and when that happens, the feeling of fate or destiny is amplified. 

“In the end, when writing The Lucky One, I wanted to explore the subject of fate or destiny, but in a way that reflected the reality of the world.”

Plot

U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his first deployment in the Iraq War. He carries the photo in his pocket and soon wins a streak of poker games, then survives a battle that kills two of his closest buddies. His best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph, his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault begins to believe that the woman in the photo somehow holds the key to his destiny. He sets out on a journey across the country with his German shepherd, Zeus, to find her and eventually encounters Elizabeth “Beth” Green, a divorced mother with a young son, Ben, in North Carolina.
Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo and his luck a secret. He and Beth begin a passionate love affair, but the secret of the photo soon threatens to tear them apart, and by continued interference in their lives by Beth’s ex-husband, the town’s Sheriff and son of town’s most eminent person and businessman—destroying not only their deep and true passionate, romantic love but also their very lives.

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A BEND IN THE ROAD

A Bend in the Road is the fifth novel by the American author Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote the romance love novels A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, and The Rescue. It was published in 2001. The story was inspired by Sparks’s brother-in-law, Bob.

PLOT

Two years ago, Miles Ryan lost his wife when she was killed in a hit and run accident. For the first time, Miles begins to date again when he meets his son’s second grade teacher, Sarah Andrews. The relationship begins strong, but when Miles learns of new evidence in his wife’s death he pushes everyone away. To save him, Sarah must sacrifice someone close to her and risk losing everything. A Bend in the Road is a romantic novel that questions what it means to be a husband, lover, and father. 
Miles Ryan’s wife died two years ago while jogging. Someone ran her over, killing her instantly. Miles was obsessed for a time with trying to find who killed her, feeling that as both her husband and a sheriff’s deputy it is his responsibility. Recently, however, Miles has begun to move beyond his past and look to the future.
When Miles meets Sarah Andrews, his son’s second grade teacher and he is immediately interested. However, Miles has never had to date as an adult and finds it difficult to find the words to ask Sarah out. Sarah has recently gone through a complicated divorce and is equally unsure when it comes to dating again. However, Sarah is not willing to allow this chance to pass her by. Sarah ends up asking Miles out.
Miles and Sarah find instant chemistry and date for more than a month before sliding into intimacy. Just when it seems that everything will work out for them, the past comes back to haunt Miles. After arresting a local drunk, Miles is told that a long time enemy of his, Otis Timson, confessed to the murder of his wife. Miles goes crazy, arresting Otis on his own and going back over the investigation to the exclusion of everyone, including Sarah and his son, Jonah. When Miles is suspended from his job for his actions, he refuses to back off of the investigation.
When Sarah tells her brother, Brian, about Miles’ obsession and violent threats against Otis Timson, Brian confesses to Sarah that he was the one who hit Missy on that fateful day. Sarah forces Brian to tell Miles the truth. At first Miles becomes enraged, making accusations and attempting to arrest Brian. However, as time passes, Miles comes to realize that it was simply an accident. Miles makes the agonizing decision to let Brian go.

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NIGHTS IN RODANTHE

Nights in Rodanthe is a romantic love novel by American writer Nicholas Sparks in September 2002.
Set in Rodanthe, North Carolina, the story follows the purely intense and close romance of a divorced mother, Adrienne Willis, and a divorced father and surgeon, Paul Flanner. The novel’s two main protagonists meet in an inn in Rodanthe and fall strongly in love. However, fate and destiny falls upon them when they realize that leaving Rodanthe would mean going back to their separate lives.
Sparks based parts of his story on his own life’s events, particularly his courting of the woman he married, Cathy Cote. Themes of genuine romantic love, and sacrifice are incorporated in the novel. Nights in Rodanthe was adapted into a 2008 film of the same name.

Plot summary

The story begins in 2002 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Adrienne Willis, a part-time librarian and divorced mother of three, is helping her daughter, Amanda, cope with depression. Amanda is having problems coping with the loss of her husband and is having difficulties raising her three children. In an effort to show that life goes on despite trying times, Adrienne tells her daughter the story of her relationship with Paul Flanner, whom she met in 1988.
Adrienne was abandoned for a younger woman by her husband. She parented their children alone and took care of her sick father. This had worn her down. So when an opportunity comes along to tend an inn in the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina for a friend, Adrienne decides to do it. As soon as she arrives, a major storm is forecast. Meanwhile, Paul, a fifty-four-year-old father, arrives in Rodanthe. He has sold his home and practice, and now wishes to travel to an isolated place where he can seek relief from his shattered life. A successful surgeon, he has recently divorced from his wife, and has had a patient die.
While the storm looms, the two characters, the only people at the inn, find compassion in one another and fall in love. After a few days, Adrienne and Paul slowly realize that once they leave, they must return to their separate lives. Paul explains a promise to join his estranged son in a medical clinic in Ecuador; eventually, he and Adrienne part. Adrienne returns to Rocky Mount. Paul heads for Ecuador. They communicate through letters, further fortifying their love. Paul, however, dies in Ecuador.

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