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, with his mind fading, 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.
*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Nicholas Sparks book and I was thrilled when given the opportunity to review it for his ‘Read it Before You See it’ blog tour. I haven’t read all of his books, yet those few that I’ve read I enjoyed greatly. I’ve even seen those films and yet, the books always felt much better. As with many of his novels, ‘The Longest Ride’ is also being made into a film and I have no doubt it will be a tear-jerker.
As is the book, to a certain extent.
‘The Longest Ride’ has all the well known Nicolas Sparks ingredients, two parallel love stories, one going back in time (Ira and Ruth) and the other a modern one (Sophie and Luke). Ira had a car accident and while trying to stay conscious and not think of any food or water, he imagines his wife (which died 9 years ago) next to him. While remembering the life they shared together, he tries to stay alive and give tribute to his beloved one, for one last time.
Sophie has just got out of a bad relationship after her boyfriend of two years cheated on her..for the third time. She’s had enough of forgiving him and is ready to move on. Only if he didn’t stalk her. But one night while attending an bull riding event, she meets her knight in shining armor.
It’s really hard to compare both of these relationships with one another. While I loved how Sophie and Luke’s one was slowly developing and becoming stronger with each read page, I must say I found Ira and Ruth’s one more memorable and heart breaking. While going back through his memories, Ira tells us how he met Ruth, how they fell in love, how they fell apart when he went to WWII and how the love survived. Some of these memories were truly heart breaking and brought tears to my eyes.
However, I was expecting much more from this book. While some of the elements which I usually love in a book are still there, there was still something missing. No matter how much I tried to stay focused on Sophie and Luke’s relationship, the dialogue simply didn’t keep my interest. They are an OK couple, but I expected to find more depth to them and feel them, like I felt Ira and Ruth. But no matter how much I tried, unfortunately they just didn’t seem to me like such an extraordinary couple I’d love to read about. Ira and Ruth are a totally opposite story, and if I may say, they are the ones keeping the story going.
To summarise, even though this is not my favorite of Nicholas Sparks, it certainly was a good one. I’m not too crazy on stories about cowboys, bulls and horse riding, but even despite this I liked the story. I’d certainly read more of his books and have quite a catching up to do through his backlog.
My rating: 7/10