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“The Longest Ride” book review

By Tori Nix

 

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks is a romance novel about two generations of strangers whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.

At ninety-one, Ira Levinson is in poor health. And being trapped in a car on a snowy embankment in February doesn’t make his situation any better. With visions of his deceased wife, Ruth, appearing to him and giving him comfort and company, Ira reflects on his marriage.

A few miles away at Wake Forest University, Sophia Delanko is getting over a breakup while also focusing on her college education. However, when she meets Luke Collins, a young cowboy, she’ll be introduced to a world where the stakes are high, in both reward and ruin.

After a near-fatal encounter with a bull, Luke Collins continues to ride bulls despite his mother’s wishes. Faced with the struggle of keeping the ranch that he and his mom own, wanting to make a future for himself and Sophia despite keeping a secret from her, and riding bulls,  Luke is challenged.

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 hold extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

In my opinion, The Longest Ride is a must-read that will leave you yearning for more. It teaches us that no matter how old or young you are, love will find you. The movie adaption is set to premiere April 10, 2015.

 

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