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When life is without hope, what do we have? Not a whole lot. When it comes to Nicholas Sparks, you know that his books captivate and keep you full of emotion. With his book, The Choice, it is more of the same. And, for once, that is a good thing. An awesome thing, actually.
Fortunately, those of us book-turned-movie lovers always know that after we fall in love with the characters, scenery and story of a Nicholas Spark novel, it only takes time for the wait to be over. Which wait? The wait for it to hit the big screen.
However, ahead of the Lionsgate’s opening of the highly anticipated movie debut of Nicholas Sparks’ hit novel, The Choice, (in theaters starting today, February 5, 2016), I was able to gather with three friends and chat about the book version. First of all, with a snow storm just over, we were able to really imagine taking ourselves a few hours south and enjoying the beach and riding along to the sunset.
Alas, we had to come back to our reality, but in our discussion we had questions we had to really consider for ourselves, including:
- How do we know when enough is enough?
- What are we willing to do to keep the hope of love alive?
- How can you sacrifice your career or “the rest of our lives” and not feel resentment?
With love, with life, there’s always give and take. We always have to fight for what we believe in: Even if there’s a love triangle. Sometimes we have to consider more than just what current struggles are happening, but also realize we can’t live our lives with regret. Sometimes, especially as we age, and get more life experience, we realize how easy it is to consider “what might have been.” But, if we don’t want to live with regret, we need to fight for what we believe in, even when faced with distance, or a love triangle.
What is most unique about this story is that for once, the guy is doing the fighting for the woman’s attention – which I find to be a bonus! So often, it is the woman who is portrayed as “needy” and refusing to give up pursuit. For this reason alone, I know even those who aren’t into traditional “girl falls for man” stories will find this story appealing.
My husband and I are heading out to see this movie tonight, enjoy some popcorn, and the beautiful scenery that is bound to be in this movie.
This post was written by guest contributor, Amanda McMahon. Amanda was born in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula and after graduating from college, took a chance on love and moved to the DC area with her then boyfriend. Two kids and moves to Arizona and India, she is back in Michigan and can safely say she can handle any sort of weather. You can find her blogging at www.attachedmoms.com and www.onemichiganmom.com