Two by Two

Two by Two

Large Print - 2016
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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. 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, and 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781455541584
1455541583
Branch Call Number: F SPARKS
Characteristics: large print
899 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 2 by 2

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Marilyn34
Nov 01, 2017

This novel shows the struggles of opening a new business, but fighting for what you think it is right.

Check out my review of "Two by Two" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2017/10/review-wednesday-two-by-two-by-nicholas.html

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 23, 2017

As my first book by this well-known author, it definitely deserved the few tears I almost shed for it. A deeply moving story about a man named Russell Green twisted its way into my heartstrings and really shifted my idea on relationships. Personally, I had strongly disliked Vivian from the start of the book, where even there she was nothing less of perfect. The author was somehow able to convey negativity in the background of her character, who ended up doing the many things she did. I was stunned by Russell's character development across the book from a meek/hesitant guy to a strong/independent father. But most of all, London is just an amazing little girl who I adored, like any other reader.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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crisfyler
Oct 20, 2017

I'm kind of surprised by this book. Not at all your typical Nicholas Sparks. I was very disappointed in the male character being so wimpy is was hardly bvelievable that he was supposed to work for a big advertizing agency. Not believable, and his wife was a piece of work and inconsistant in her character, NOT the motherly type at all, very self centered. It just didn't fit and way too much negativity for me. I'm a fan of all his other works, but not this one. Guess you can win them all. Maybe next time.

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NanCcan
Sep 18, 2017

While it was predictable and slow-moving, it is an interesting read. Russ goes into much detail about his thoughts as he grapples with his roles as father, husband, brother, professional and friend. Life demands much of us, but then, if we cope with those challenges with love, hope & selflessness (and sometimes selfishness when that is needed), rewards us with a different kind of richness than we knew before.

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22950006105266
Jun 05, 2017

I loved this book but I did find the first part of it a little longer than was completely necessary. Overall it was a great story and I would highly recommend it.

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suethomas
Mar 28, 2017

I really enjoyed this book.

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sw1ft
Mar 27, 2017

I am usually a fan of Sparks but didn't really enjoy this book at all. Story line was weak and I didn't like the digs he took at peoples beliefs. We should all be able to believe as we wish.

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darcylynnepst
Mar 21, 2017

I enjoyed the story and the idea behind this book, but it took me awhile to get into it. The book is almost 500 pages long, and I did not feel that it needed that many pages to achieve the story line. I kept reading at the beginning because although I wasn't in love with the story I was intrigued.

The story line of Russ and his daughter is done very well. The book has you rooting for them the entire time. There were other twists and turns thrown in with his family and personal life throughout the book that kept the story moving along. Again, I think it could have achieved the same result in less pages, but overall I did enjoy this book. I agree with the other reviewers who said the second half of the book is better. Most novels by Spark immediately capture my attention and I can't put them down. However, I did not feel the same way about this book until I was about 250/300 pages into it.

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pennfolks
Mar 20, 2017

I made it through 75 pages of this book and cannot finish it . I love Sparks books, but this one was frustrating. I do not enjoy seeing a married couple fighting.

BostonPL_LauraB Mar 05, 2017

I know that a lot of people make fun of reading Nicholas Sparks, but somehow he still gets me every time. In Two by Two, he writes an engaging novel that usually makes you cry at some point, but I definitely liked it - like I always do.

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NanCcan
Sep 18, 2017

"At any given time, I am not the whole me; I am but a partial version of myself and each version is slightly different from the others. But each of these versions of me, I now believe, has always had someone by his side. I'd survived the year because I'd been able to march two by two with those I loved the most."

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