Monday, 5 October 2015

Review of The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The bit on the back…

Two couples. Two love stories. One epic tale.

Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson 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. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected - and shocking - of ways.

I read this in anticipation of the film adaption being released. I’ve read 2 other Nichols Sparks books (The Lucky One and Safe Haven) prior to seeing the film so I thought I’d keep up that mini tradition with this.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s about two couples – Sophia and Luke who are about my age and Ira and Ruth who are a couple of generations older. There is something so real about Nicholas Spark’s stories. I found it really easy to get into this story and swept up in both couples.

Ira’s story is a trip down memory lane. In the aftermath of the car crash his wife appears to him and they reminisce about their time together. Their story is a real mixed bag of emotions and at times I really felt incredibly sorry for Ira.

Luke and Sophia are quite opposite to Ruth and Ira although the bond between both couples is the same.  Luke is a genuinely nice guy. He’s respectful of Sophia and is loyal to his family and his commitments. I respected his determination to help his mum out with their family ranch. He and Sophia are quite opposite in their upbringing but they do share some of the same traits like their loyalty to family and that they are both quite quiet people. Their attraction to each other seemed natural and it was inevitable that they would get together.

Sometimes throughout I felt like the book was longer than it needed to be. The story is about the love between two couples and how it’s the same even though they are generations apart. I’m looking forward to seeing the film, and I hope it’s not too different to the book.

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