Book review: “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks

Mind-blowing!!!!! Nicholas Sparks brings us a new love story, where he actually doubles the joy, as we talk about two couples, two love stories.
Lately, I read some books by Nicholas Sparks and none had disappointed me so far. I may recognize that I found “The Longest Ride” more interesting than previous. After I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie, I realized that I wanted to read the book first. Now I am waiting impatient for it.
The two stories in the book have a unique and great thing in common – LOVE. The couple of Ira and Ruth share a life story after the World War II, and the way their love is described is literally phenomenal. Ira is in the beginning of nineties, when he had an accident and remained in the car for some days. While trying to stay conscious, he imagine his wife, Ruth, who died some years ago. He started to recall the life they had together and the moments that one more time needed to be explained. On the other hand, Sophia, a college student and Luke, a cowboy and bull rider, meet at a bull riders event. Sophia, experiencing a break up, was overwhelmed by the reaction of Luke, when he defended her from Brian (ex-boyfriend). From that moment on their lives connected. While the couple of Ira and Ruth retell their story, the couple of Sophia and Luke write their story. Almost to the end of the book, the parallel stories intersect when Luke found the car where Ira was. They rescued him, but ill of lung-cancer, Ira died soon in the hospital.

I enjoyed reading the both stories, but I liked more the heart breaking story of Ruth and Ira. It is a story that proves that love never dies, and this touched my heart profoundly. Nonetheless, I cannot compare the two stories, as each of them has something memorable and unique.

Yet, I would like to recommend this book to those that are fans of Nicholas Sparks, those who will like romantic and shattering love stories, and for all that would like to enjoy an easy reading in a sunny day.

Some quotes I`ve found interesting:

“I just want you to be happy, even if that ‘happy’ doesn’t include me anymore.”

“Love requires sacrifice, always.”

“If we’d never met, I think I would have known my life wasn’t complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn’t know who I was looking for.”

“After all, if there is a heaven, we will find each other again, for there is no heaven without you.”

“I wish I had the talent to paint the way I feel about you, for my words always feel inadequate. I imagine using red for your passion and pale blue for your kindness; forest green to reflect the depth of your empathy and bright yellow for your unflagging optimism. And still I wonder: can even an artist’s palette capture the full range of what you mean to me?”

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