{Effie Reviews} The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Posted May 5, 2015 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride

by Nicholas Sparks
Published on April 23rd, 2012
by Grand Central Publishing
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
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In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with an epic story of two couples whose parallel love stories intersect in profound and surprising ways.

Ninety-one year old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, an image of his long-dead wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together.

Recovering from a break-up, college student Sophia Danko 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 has a secret which threatens to break it all apart.

5 Stars

All right, so I don’t really care what everyone else is gonna say about this book, but I loved it. It’s been years since I last read a book by Nicholas Sparks (the last one being A Walk To Remember) and I felt all lovey-dovey and gooey when I finished The Longest Ride and that’s exactly why I loved this book. It’s exactly this feeling that I’ve been missing with so many romance books and I’m glad to finally have it back again.

Unto the story then: in true Nicholas Sparks fashion we get fed two love stories. The first one being about Ira and Ruth, which to me was the most emotional one. I loved how we read Ira explaining why Ruth was so special to him and why he loved her above anything else. We get to hear him explain how their relationship began View Spoiler »

The second story we get to see, is the one between Sophia and Luke. And to be honest I have a major book crush on Luke, if there is one weakness I have is, it’s cowboys (and men in military uniform but that’s another thing). I love cowboys, I have since I was a little girl and just reading the love story between Sophia and Luke and getting to know both of them, makes me sigh and swoon and wish I had a cowboy of my own. View Spoiler »

Of course having said all this now, the romance in this story, is the kind of romance that has been told a hundred times over in different ways perhaps, but still the same. And I still loved it, there’s nothing wrong with an old fashioned love story and I’m really glad I read The Longest Ride and yes, I will also watch the movie which is coming out this month. I’m actually wondering how many things in the movie will be told different from the book.


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