The Longest Ride
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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. But that doesn't happen here, at least not unexpectedly, and things end well, albeit a little far fetched. Two stories are told concurrently; one of Ira and Ruth, and the other of Sophia and Luke. They are so far apart by comparison that it is hard to see how they will be brought together in the end, but Sparks pulls it off, even though it seems, as I said earlier, a little improbable. Sophia and Luke meet when Sophia visits over the weekend. They have a cute and very realistic relationship. Nicholas Sparks books are not steamy at all, there’s zero sex, but there’s pure romance. I think that is why people love these books so much. As much as I enjoyed Luke and Sophia’s story, I was really interested in Ira’s. There is no correlation between the two and it’s kind of confusing, but it completely worked in the book.
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Chaplin is the “sole younger actor to pop here; playing theonly one of the youthful characters with any boldness or inclination to speak her own mind,” while Alda“makes the canned sentimentality of his 91-year-oldcharacter go down quite easily as he comments to Sophia about thevicissitudes of his life.” The film’s “settings and compositions are picture-postcard, the score syrupy,the bull-riding coverage not entirely convincing, the sentimentscliched and reassuring. But, boy oh boy, the ending! In Sparks’ world,when happiness rains, it pours.”I don't readily admit to the fact that I have read all of Nicholas Sparks books. I don't know what I would answer if someone ask me "why". It's just a path I got started on and now it seems a shame to stop it. They are entertaining and well wriitten for the most part, although I have been frustrated at times for his habit of "killing off" his key characters. Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes 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.
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I found it a bit slow at times and I didn't find that Luke and Sophia had great chemistry in comparison to other Sparks couples. I really like all of the characters as individuals, Luke was a dreamy cowboy who was a bit rough around the edges and Sophia was a very relatable character. Ira was sweet and so full of love, I just wish his section of the story wasn't all memories. I enjoyed Luke and and Sophia's sections far more than Ira's, I found my attention slipping during his parts. I did however really enjoy how the two stories came together in the end, it was done very well. Alternating with 3 different POV’s we begin with 91 year old Ira Levinson crashing his car over an embankment during a snow storm. Ira is alone in the world and no one is going to be looking for him for a very long time. In poor health to begin with he is now suffering from multiple injuries, unable to move and barely conscious, somehow his beloved wife Ruth appears in the passenger seat beside him. She’s been gone for 9 years now so couldn’t possibly be here yet she forces him to hang on, her clothes and appearance changing with the times as she urges him to recount the stories of their life together. Their early courtship, the dark days of WWll when he served as a pilot, their eventual marriage and their discovery of art which begins a lifelong hobby of collecting paintings from as then unknown artists. It is a life well lived.One showing us the beautiful everlasting lifetime love with Ira & Ruth & the other the exciting beginnings of a new & young love with Luke & Sophia. Both beautiful stories that will make you smile & also make you cry. A lot of readers seem to have a favourite couple, they preferred one story over the other but I really enjoyed both, nothing can compare to the beauty & excitement of new love, but also what more can a person ask for than to be spend a lifetime with their one true love. I really LOVED The Longest Ride – I sat down first thing in the morning to read it and I spent a wonderful day being swept up in this truly fascinating and enchanting story.
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Ira's and Ruth's love story was intense! Ira love his wife so much!Sophia's and Luke's romance is slow and sweet and I really like how it developed! 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.Then we have Sophia Danko. Sophia is a college senior who is out with some girlfriends after a break up. There, she meets a cowboy named Luke. Luke is different from any man she’s ever met and she is drawn to him. They develop a relationship and Sophia starts spending all her free time with Luke at his family’s ranch. Luke is holding on to a secret. With his bull riding, comes risk. But for him, even more than the normal. Just a few miles away, Sophia, a student at Wake Forest college, is about to have her life change forever as she meets an unexpected love, Luke. Luke is a cowboy and risk-taking bull-rider, unlike anyone she has ever known. Together they experience the joys of love as well as the difficulties that come with Luke's dangerous career.