The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

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Title: The Longest Ride
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Pages: 398
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Buy: Amazon | iBooks | Chapters Indigo

Summary (Goodreads):

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart

Review:

Over the years I have read quite a few Nicholas Sparks novels. I find it’s usually about a 50/50 chance on whether or not I’m going to like the book. I’ve been meaning to read The Longest Ride since it was released, and now that I have, I have to say that Nicholas Sparks did not disappoint with this one! The book is the story of two couples who become entwined in a creative and romantic way.
The first couple is Ira and Ruth. Ira is a 91 year old man who has been in a car accident. His wife Ruth died many years ago but appears to Ira as he waits for help confined in his car. The two talk about the beginning of their relationship and the many twists and turns they faced throughout their life together. Ira, being stuck in the vehicle begins to lose hope, but seeing Ruth she convinces him to not give up and to hold on until someone comes for help.  Close to the end of the novel a letter Ira has written to Ruth is read, the letter is so heart enchantingly beautiful and is the perfect way to captivate just how true the love between Ira and Ruth was.
The second couple is Sophia and Luke. Sophia is a senior in college studying art, with the hopes of working in a museum after graduation. Luke is a professional bull rider in the rodeo. Upon meeting they instantly have a connection. However, Sophia struggles to let herself love him because they are from such different worlds. Luke carries a secret that could tear them apart.
Nicholas Sparks ties these two love stories together and although I had an idea on how he was going to end it, there was a twist I didn’t expect! The only thing I would change about the ending would be to not have it so rushed. I felt like there could have been more emotion and depth in the ending. Overall, it was a good read. I definitely look forward to this book coming out on the big screen!

Rating: 3/5

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