The Longest Ride

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 bull-riding event, 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.

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I just finished this not too long ago and of course, like all of Nicholas Sparks’ books – I loved it. I really enjoyed both love stories and the way in which each were told, how one showed a lifetime of love and the other the beginning of love. It did feel like two completely different stories and I had no idea how their stories would intertwine although I had my predictions but loved how they eventually came together. It’s such a beautiful story

                                                                                                                                                    

 It’s a typical Nicholas Sparks book. He’s definitely written better, including Safe Haven, A Walk to Remember and The Guardian. That being said, it wasn’t bad. Structure wise, it followed the typical “Nicholas Sparks” plot structure, but the back-and-forth between the two stories was interesting.

In this case, Sparks’ male development was stronger than his female character development. To me, Luke was the best character–I found his tension to be a driving force of the book–and I really loved Ira, especially near the end.

I wish there was more depth into Sophia. Especially next to her counterpart, she fell rather flat. Ruth, on the other hand, was fairly well developed. The entire story between her and Ira was very interesting–something Sparks hasn’t done before.

                                                                                                                                                

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