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The Longest Ride

by Nicholas Sparks

Grand Central Publishing | September 17, 2013 | Hardcover

The Longest Ride is rated 3.8333 out of 5 by 6.
In the tradition of his beloved first novel,The Notebook, #1New York Timesbestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.
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.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: September 17, 2013

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455520659

ISBN - 13: 9781455520657

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this. A Sparks favourite! The two stories were both beautiful and different. I never wanted to stop reading. I shed tears and wanted more!
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my Favorites I recently picked this up on my way home from work. The cover caught my eye and the fact that it was Nicholas Sparks helped a bit too. Capturing stories of two couples in two different points in life, intertwined nicely although I found the ending lacking something. Overall, one of my top five picks out of all his books.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I have always loved Nicholas Sparks and was quite excited to read his latest novel. Like his other novels I found this one predictable, and though there were a couple of twists, overall I found the entire book kind of a plateau with no surprises. I started out really liking reading Luke and Sophia's parts, then about halfway into the story I found Ira's parts were getting more interesting. Although it was not the most amazing book I have read it was a nice story about love.
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For my daughter I bought this for my daughter for a Christmas present as this is one of her favorite authors. I think she will really enjoy it. Thank you
Date published: 2013-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story! Review: Grand Central Publishing|September 17, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-4555-2065-7 Ninety-one-year-old, Ira Levinson found himself in big trouble. His car has gone off the road in a snowstorm and down a steep embankment. Already frail and in poor health he is completely isolated and all alone. Will someone see his car down the embankment and rescue him, or will he suffer from his injuries and the cold and succumb to his death? As Ira fights with himself to stay conscious, a blurred image appears beside him – his dead wife, Ruth who has passed away nine years ago. Ruth talks to Ira about the life they lived together to keep him focused, alert, and thinking to prevent him from lapsing into unconsciousness. Ira has a difficult time at first believing that Ruth is really there with him but finally reconciles it in his mind and accepts it. Ira and Ruth talked back and forth about the good times and the bad times in their marriage. Ira has been deeply, deeply in love with his beloved Ruth and missed her more than words could ever express. College student, Sophia Danko is at a western dance with her friend and roommate, Marcia. Not feeling up to dancing and not knowing how to line dance, Sophia goes outside into the fresh night air. Within a few minutes her drunk ex-boyfriend, Brian strolled up and began to hassle her. When he grabbed her by the wrist he was hurting her. Just then a strikingly handsome cowboy named, Luke came to her aid. Within seconds he had, Brian lying down, face first in the dirt with his boot on the back of his neck. After finishing with Brian, Luke and Sophia strike up a conversation and it doesn’t take long for them to begin dating. Luke ends up showing Sophie a whole new word that she has never seen before – that of rodeo’s and farming. As they get to know each other they horseback ride, attend rodeo’s together where Sophie watches Luke bull ride. They are falling more and more in love. Sophie begins to ponder what a permanent future would be like with Luke – that is, if the secret he is keeping doesn’t totally destroy their relationship first. Soon, the lives of Luke and Sophie and Ira and Ruth will come together in the most unexpected way. I loved The Longest Ride. The plot was great, the characters well fleshed out and the ending totally blew me away. I didn’t see that coming at all. Nicholas Sparks has written another winner, a book to be enjoyed by all.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but predictable Good book -- very interesting characters, and fast, easy reading. However, I found it very predicable, which isn't often the case with Nicholas Sparks books. Anyone who is a fan of him will definitely enjoy his latest.
Date published: 2013-10-28

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The Longest Ride

by Nicholas Sparks

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: September 17, 2013

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455520659

ISBN - 13: 9781455520657

From the Publisher

In the tradition of his beloved first novel,The Notebook, #1New York Timesbestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.
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.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, 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.

About the Author

With over 85 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world''s most beloved storytellers. His novels include eleven #1New York Timesbestsellers, and all his books, includingThree Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have beenNew York Timesand international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eight of Nicholas Sparks''s novels-Safe Haven,The Lucky One,The Last Song,Dear John,Nights in Rodanthe,The Notebook,A Walk to Remember, andMessage in a Bottle-were also adapted into major motion pictures. In 2011, he founded the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students'' lives though education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go towww.NicholasSparksFoundation.org. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him atwww.NicholasSparks.com.
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