Sometimes I don’t allow myself to think about purchasing something, and I end up getting it on a whim. Sometimes bad, most of the time good. This was the case for Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. Knowing Sparks’ other impressive works —e.g., The Notebook, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, Dear John— I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed, and I didn’t.
“Two couples. Two love stories. One epic tale. Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his adored —and long-dead— wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families. A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she 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 is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.” (Amazon)
Some books can be a bit dragging and difficult to get through in the beginning, but Sparks’ writing style made it so easy to get captivated in the storyline from the get-go. There are two story lines going on, with no correlation whatsoever, making you ever so curious how they will meet and how the story will develop. It is written very beautifully, capturing all the emotions so deeply and describing all the events in a way you can completely see the picture and are completely sucked into the story. Hands down the best written novel I’ve read in a long, long while.
To be honest, this is the first book I’ve read from Sparks and he’s gotten himself a spot in my favourite authors list immediately. Having seen most of his filmed work on the big screen, I am very excited to see how the film adaptation of The Longest Ride will turn out and am every curious to see who they will cast to play the characters. There’s no launch date so far, but I am hoping it will roll out during summer, as it’d be the perfect movie to watch, whilst sipping a Margarita/coconut water/whatever-your-drink-is, after a whole day of strolling in the sun.
What have you read from Nicholas Sparks?
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