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What is the message of The Lucky One?

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The message of The Lucky One is that fate and effort somehow mysteriously work together to bring two people into a love relationship that is meant to be. Let's see how this plays out in the story.

Logan Thibault is a Marine who finds a picture of a beautiful young woman. Even though he finds the picture in Iraq, the woman is clearly American, and Logan is attracted to her. He comes to think of the picture as his good luck charm, and he survives battles and accidents, attributing his good fortune at least in part to the photograph.

When Logan returns to the US, he decides to find the woman in the photograph. Clues lead him to Elizabeth (Beth) Green in Hampton, North Carolina. Notice here how Logan is taking charge of his own destiny. He believes in luck (at least to a point), but he also makes a strong effort to find Beth. He does not sit back and allow some other force to work; he cooperates and takes charge of the search.

Things do not go easily for Logan and Beth. Even though they are attracted to each other, many obstacles get in the way, including Beth's ex, Keith Clayton, who tends to be abusive and sometimes downright nasty. Logan and Beth grow closer to each other as the story progresses, but Logan does not tell Beth about the photograph. When she finally finds out, she does not understand it and is actually rather angry. However, Logan hurries to save Beth's son during a flood, again taking charge of his situation. He feels that he is destined to be with Beth, but he does not leave fate to do his work for him. He jumps in (literally and figuratively) and works to make their relationship a success. By the end of the novel, the two are looking ahead to a future together.

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