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The Rescue [Mass Market Paperback]

Nicholas Sparks
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Book Description

Aug. 1 2001
One of America's bestselling authors delivers a story about the greatest commitment of all: loving someone forever.

When confronted by raging fires or deadly accidents, volunteer fireman Taylor McAden feels compelled to take terrifying risks to save lives. But there is one leap of faith Taylor can't bring himself to make: he can't fall in love. For all his adult years, Taylor has sought out women who need to be rescued, women he leaves as soon as their crisis is over and the relationship starts to become truly intimate. When a raging storm hits his small Southern town, single mother Denise Holton's car skids off the road. The young mom is with her four-year-old son Kyle, a boy with severe learning disabilities and for whom she has sacrificed everything. Taylor McAden finds her unconscious and bleeding, but does not find Kyle. When Denise wakes, the chilling truth becomes clear to both of them: Kyle is gone. During the search for Kyle, the connection between Taylor and Denise takes root. Taylor doesn't know that this rescue will be different from all the others.

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Denise Holden's life is a fragile mix of luck and hard work. A single mom of a speech-delayed son, Denise makes ends meet by moving to the small town of Edenton, North Carolina, and working the late shift as a waitress. When Denise crashes her car and her son Kyle flees the accident and disappears into the storm, her only stroke of luck is the quick arrival of Taylor McAden, a volunteer fireman. Taylor's got a knack for fixing people, and he can't help wanting to be involved with Denise beyond the initial rescue of Kyle.

As Taylor helps Denise recover from the accident and get to know the town, they discover a sweet bond and a magical chemistry that pulls them closer and closer. Though Taylor fits perfectly into Denise's family, he's unable to open his heart to being loved by her. As Taylor struggles to understand his conflicting desires, Denise questions the wisdom of gambling with Kyle's and her own emotions.

Author Nicholas Sparks has found a loyal audience for his stories about the internal battles that accompany the arrival of love. His heroes may be truck-driving manly men and his heroines emotional swamis, but it's easy to overlook the traditional roles when the complexities of human relationships are so beautifully described. Sparks has found his forte, and this novel is sure to be as popular as his earlier works. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Secret traumas again haunt Sparks's characters, in the author's fourth novel (after The Notebook; Message in a Bottle; A Walk to Remember). Denise Holden, the 29-year-old heroine, is destitute and forced to live in her mother's old house in Edenton, N.C. She's also the single mother of a handicapped child, Kyle, a four-year-old with "auditory processing problems" that render him unable to express himself or to fully understand others. Though she doesn't suspect it, Denise is on a literal collision course with true love. After she smashes her car into a tree and wakes up to discover Kyle missing, she finds deliverance in the form of Taylor McAden, dashing firefighter and compulsive risk taker, who rescues Kyle, too. Since Taylor enjoys an instant, unprecedented rapport with Kyle, there is little standing in the way of burgeoning romance. Trouble comes, however, when Denise learns of Taylor's checkered romantic past. Taylor's inability to commit, it seems, is somehow tied to his compulsive heroism, of which numerous histrionic examples are described. Denise's quest to find the source of Taylor's emotional distance takes up the final third of the book. The story here is mostly a pretext for the emotional assault that Sparks delivers, but when he manages to link affect to action, the result is cunningly crafted melodrama. These occasions are rare, though; more often Sparks gets bogged down in interminable interior monologue. Because these characters are preordained lovers, their feelings prescribed by fiction conventions, their psychology amounts to little more than a profusion of banality. Yet Sparks's narrative acquires immediacy when his characters' exaggerated emotions compel immoderate actions, and his readers will surely delight at these moments of heightened expressiveness. 1 million first printing; 24-city author tour. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH RE-READING Sept. 15 2009
By Buggy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read THE RESCUE in 2002 What a treat it was to rediscover this beautiful story. As soon as I opened the first page I was lost, reading continuously for the next 24 hours. Thinking to myself, damn that Nicholas Sparks he's done it again, sucking me right back into one of the best love stories I've ever read.

Due to a horrific childhood trauma volunteer firefighter Taylor McAden is driven to take disturbing heroic risks while on the job, trying to somehow put his world right. He has few friends and all of his past relationships have resulted from rescuing troubled women in one way or another. All of whom he inevitably leaves as soon as they want more from him then he can give. It seems that there's just one leap Taylor can't make; that of allowing himself to fall in love.

Denise Holden is a single mother of a handicapped child. Due to a lack of finances she has been forced to move back to her mother's hometown and live in the inherited home. At the moment she's barely scraping by, her son Kyle taking up most of her time, energy and resources. Love is the last thing on Denise's mind as she drives home from her job at the local diner. As fate would have it though a terrible storm hit's the small southern town that night, contriving to bring our couple together. As the storm rages Denise crashes her car and upon regaining consciousness finds herself staring into the handsome face of risk taker extraordinaire Taylor. Before she can acknowledge him as her potential life partner though panic takes over as she realizes that her son is no longer in the car and is feared to be lost in the nearby swamp.

I won't be giving anything away by telling you that Taylor rescues both Denise and her son and together they forge into a relationship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sparks Shines! April 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am an avid reader of Nicholas Sparks. This book definitely stands up to his previous track record for writing a story of the true human spirit.
This story follows Denise, single parent mother, raising Kyle, who has a learning disability. Through what some might call fate, Denise meets Taylor, a local volunteer firefighter. There is an immediate connection and the two grow close quickly. Through twists and turns, Taylor's past begins to get in the way, and the stability of their relationship is questioned. I don't want to give away too many details, so just take my advice and dive into this romantic, heart-felt story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The past still haunts us. May 22 2004
Format:Hardcover
What did happen to his father? Why should he put his life in danger to save others? Was it because of the way he was 'rescued' as a child? These are some pondering ideas to look for in this informative book.
Actually there are more than one rescue in this novel, the second much more exciting and dangerous though incidental to the story. Without the first, which came much too soon in the book, the psychological aspect would have been nil.
The 'hero' who volunteers for the fire dept. has a commitment problem to women without knowing the 'whys' or 'wherefores' -- thus had decided to become a bachelor and enjoy his friends' kids -- until he meets the inimitable Kyle.
They teach each other what life is day-to-day and that love conquers all. The child's mother, poor Denise, has never really known love, only one foolish, incidental sexual encounter. Her life was totally changed because of the boy's 'disability,' and she has devoted her life to teaching him.
That is, until they have the accident and are separated, with the hero finding them both. Romance is charmingly enunciated, causing me to smile a lot (at times) and want to hit him at others.
Only in a novel or movie would things work out this way. Or is there hope for happiness with a stranger. Sometimes it works out that way. When he was able to confront his past headon, he could live a normal life. The baby made this book complete.
I was drawn to this book because of the child who has trouble talking as my youngest grandson also has this problem. I was hoping to learn something worthwhile in this instance and it was there past the half way point -- so it was of some benefit after all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Number4 March 24 2004
Format:Hardcover
What did happen to his father?
Actually there are more than one rescue in this novel, the second much more exciting and dangerous though incidental to the story. Without the first, which came much too soon in the book, the psychological aspect would have been nil.
I was drawn to this book because of the child who has trouble talking as my youngest grandson also has this problem. I was hoping to learn something worthwhile in this instance and it was there past the half way point -- so it was of some benefit after all.
The 'hero' who volunteers for the fire dept. has a commitment problem to women without knowing the 'whys' or 'wherefores' -- thus had decided to become a bachelor and enjoy his friends' kids -- until he meets the inimitable Kyle.

They teach each other what life is day-to-day and that love conquers all. The child's mother, poor Denise, has never really known love, only one foolish, incidental sexual encounter. Her life was totally changed because of the boy's 'disability,' and she has devoted her life to teaching him.
That is, until they have the accident and are separated, with the hero finding them both. Romance is charmingly enunciated, causing me to smile a lot (at times) and want to hit him at others.
Only in a novel or movie would things work out this way. Or is there hope for happiness with a stranger. Sometimes it works out that way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was avery good book. I could not put it down
Published 1 month ago by lila skeats
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
A story of true love...the triumphs and the trials. I didn't want it to end....now l have to make up the rest
Published 4 months ago by Linda Bettcher
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rescue by Nicolas Sparks
As always this book was great. It kept you reading with-out stop towards the end. This books had a lot of twist and turns that kept you reading to the end..
Published 5 months ago by Joan Wiersema
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rescue-good reading
This was good light reading and enjoyed reading it with my new kindle.
I enjoy Nicholas Sparks books as they generally end up being made into Films.
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Published 12 months ago by Allyson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rescue
This book was very enjoyed by those who read it. It is very well binded and will stay together for a long time.
Published 20 months ago by Anita Comeau
5.0 out of 5 stars A Close Knit Community
The Rescue written by Nicholas Sparks shows many different views and aspects of life. There are two very hard scenarios within the novel that are hard to overcome but it is... Read more
Published on June 15 2006 by Meredith
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is the first Nicholas Sparks book that I've read and it was so amazing and I can't wait to read another one of his books. Read more
Published on June 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rescue
This book, as well as The Notebook, are my favorite books. Denise Holton is an independent,strong single mother who doesn't need a man b/c of her responsibilites to her son,Kyle... Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by Desiree
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Sparks' Winner
Just recently introduced to the works of Nicholas Sparks, I have managed to read four of his novels in a week. The Rescue has been my favorite, by far. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Tugs at your Heart Strings
After reading several Sparks love stories, The Rescue is not my favorite. However, it's a good book. Especially if you enjoy romance with a little bit of intrigue. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Theresa W
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