Title: The Longest Ride
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Series: Stands Alone
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Released: September 17, 2013
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.
I’m a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. I’ve read all his books. You don’t always know what you are going to get with him. Sometimes you get the tragic rip your heart out type ending, other times he uses some gimmick to make you believe one thing when reality is something else and other times it is just a more of a happily ever after great romance type book. This one fell into the third category for me.
The Longest Ride was a story chronicling the lives of 2 couples from two different generations. It proved to be fairly predictable for me and didn’t have the most original ending. However I honestly enjoyed reading it. I found myself skipping ahead to read more about Sophia & Luke’s story yet found myself wishing there were more Ira’s in the world and was brought to tears by his and Ruth’s story.
If you don’t like Nicholas Sparks’ other books then you will want to skip this one. If you enjoy his work then you should read this one too. If you have never read his books don’t start here. Start with A Walk to Remember, it’s my favorite of his.
Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend
Content: I don’t remember any language, not to say there wasn’t something mild but it didn’t jump out at me. As far as sexual content both couple engage in pre-marital sex but it is fade to black, closed door with little to no detail and it wasn’t something that happened for a while into their relationships.