The Longest Ride

Hardcover | September 17, 2013

byNicholas Sparks

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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.

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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 conscious...

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1New York Timesbestsellers. All his books have beenNew York Timesand international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:September 17, 2013Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781455520657

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Absolutely loved this book!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read Book was way better then the movie but that normally is the case! Can't ever seem to put his books down!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every page This book is 10x better then the movie, however the movie isn't lacking in anyway. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is an amazing read. The conflict in the novel surely anticipates the reader. 10/10 recommendation for reading.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This book was a typical Nicolas Sparks story.. I enjoyed it just like the others. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved One of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sweet story, couldn't put the book down. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read! Another great book from Nicholas Spark. If you like romance, this is for you :)
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I read it in a couple days. Just couldn't put it down. Book is better than the movie. And I really love the movie.
Date published: 2016-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The longest ride I just luved this story! My dad had alhzimers so I could really relate to this story! It was so lovely when he went read to his wife.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The longest ride This is a great love story that is filled with possible true life happens. The form used to present the story to readers is different but just enough to keep the reader guessing. Good book for your Mom, your daughters and could even catch Dad.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Longest Ride Loved it didn't want it to end. Nicholas Sparks is a wonderful writer. Luke was the kind of man every women dreams of meeting and every parent wishes for their daughter.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahhh, refreshing Such a great story of two couples in love. Relieved that this one wasn't one of his tearjerkers. I was dreading that once I got into it. Didn't care so much about the back and forth between the two stories, but it came together in the end. The older couple's story got a little strung out at times. I skipped several parts of it, but still a great book.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The longest ride Wow the more I got into the story the harder to put the book down Going from one couple to the other he left you hanging about what happened with the other couple then you became involved with the other couple a major part of the story about those two and you switch to the other couple Great read thank you
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I can't always read his books because they almost always make me cry, but this one, while it had it's tearful moments, had a happy ending and was a wonderful read!
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is my new favorite book!! I cannot wait until then movie comes out on dvd. I will definitely be buying it. Such a wonderful love story!
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Luke Loved the parts with luke and sophie. Parts with ira dragged on and got boring. Love how much I can relate to sophie
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fitting I love how both love stories come together. A true work of art. The story of old love never growing tired and new love finding its way is heartwarming
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The longest ride Did not want to finish the book. It was an excellent read. I just love this author!! I will continue to read every and all his books. The author sure knows how to tie characters together in the end of this story. It was just a great read.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!!! I love everything that Nicholas Sparks writes! I love the movies based on his books too! Keep writing!!!
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great book! Its one of those books that you just cant put down. I read it in a week and I love it! I cant wait to see the movie, and I loved a lot more books by this author. He's amazing at what he does :-)
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet book I loved the book. I'm not usually a fan of books told from multiple viewpoints and it annoyed me a bit but I still liked the book at the end
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book that I could not put down! Thank god for Spring Break! This is a story that will not let you put it down. I love the way each chapter was broken up. It was like separate stories in one big story. It made me think about family that have all but one pasted away. I watch my grandmother go though life in a similar way after my grandfather past away. I can not wait for movie and I hope they do the story justice.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing He has done it again. Incredible book!!! Nicholas sparks is an incredible writer. I always am so pleased. This was a favorite for sure!
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of the Best of Nicholas Sparks! I was first introduced to Nicholas Sparks books after my antique car and I were invited to play small parts in the movie "The Notebook". I read that book and looked for everything he had written by then (2004). I read every book he writes as soon as they go sale. The Longest Ride will remain one of my favorites!
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read Little different than Sparks usual story telling way, good story and interesting way to tell the story
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Detail and beautiful It's very entertaining stories. Very easy to understand and to picture the whole story while you reading it. How Nicholas wrote his novel is very beautiful. I can always picture the situation, conditions, beautiful places, and emotions in every stories. Two thumbs for him!
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The longest ride Loved it!!! The ending was worth while and I held on t every word!! A must read!!! Congrats to Mr.Sparks for once again writing the love story of a life time.
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely recommend my sister had told me this was her favorite Nicholas Sparks book so I read it. OMG it is sooo good. The spark between Luke and Sophia is incredible but was got me was Ira alone recalling the love had had for his wife. That is what love is about. The twist at the end was fantastic and made me remember how much heart all the Sparks books have.
Date published: 2014-12-31
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