The Longest Ride tells the story of two romances; one as it starts, the other as it finishes. In one romance the story is unfolded by Ira, memory by memory, recounting the past. In the other the story starts with a meeting between two very different people, Sophia and Luke, and grows forward. Both romances are beautifully relatable, and both take the reader on a wonderful journey.
Nicholas Sparks was recommended to me as a good author by a friend. I’m yet to decide whether to forgive her for that. I had so much to do that day, but once I’d picked the book up, I was unable to put it down for more than a few minutes before I was back to reading it. Needless to say, nothing I had planned was done as I read it from cover to cover, but instead I went on a wonderful story that made me laugh, and also brought tears to my eyes. The four main characters are well drawn and while it was a fairly typical romance, I never felt as though I’d read a story remotely like it. I realised from early on that the two stories would eventually meet, and I guessed how it would end. The way the ending came about was not what I had expected, but much, much better. The descriptions, the way the writer was able to evoke emotion, and the story line, all combined to create a book I will read again and again.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a clean romance, and enjoys a book that makes them feel the story.
My rating: 5/5
P.S. Okay, I've forgiven my friend, but I will also make sure I clear my day before I pick up another Nicholas Sparks book!
Ninety-one-year-old Ira is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, an image of his adored - and long-dead - wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together: how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families.
A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko’s life is about to change when she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school like. Sophia sees a tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.
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