The Longest Ride book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor he. Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Media type, Hardcover, audiobook, e-book. Pages, ISBN · · OCLC · The Longest Ride is Nicholas Sparks' 17th romance novel, released on September 17,
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A remarkable story of everlasting love, about two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways, in the tradition of Nicholas Sparks's beloved #1. I just finished reading this book and it was truly a wonderful and emotional ride to read this. I've read a few other Nicholas Sparks books before but never has. This historical novel is a first for Nicholas Sparks in that it features Jewish protagonists. The story, which takes place in North Carolina, opens with the elderly Ira.
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.
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: I had been struggling to find something that excited me for my next novel when I came across a reference to the college online. I was, to understate it, greatly captivated: Then, because Ira and his wife, Ruth, were such a wonderful example of enduring love, I wanted to find a perfect counterpoint as an example of new love.
Sophia was created to resonate with my college-aged fans, and Luke is really the quintessential All-American guy. I had never been to a Professional Bull Riding event, but there are so many ranches throughout North Carolina, it just seemed to make sense that he would be a bullrider.
As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. You have successfully joined Nicholas's private mailing list and will receive an email confirmation shortly.
No further action is required. Sophia has recently broken up with Brian, who is harassing her when Luke comes to her rescue. This was an easy, enjoyable read with rich detail about rural and student life in North Carolina, a unique mother-son relationship, an experience in the U.
Army Air Corps in World War II, personal trauma inflicted by the war, art collecting, the hardships and upkeep of a ranch, bull riding, and much more. Though this is a typical Nicholas Sparks story, it is a unique tale with much to keep the reader engrossed until the very end.
Discussion Questions 1. Sofia and Luke come from very different worlds. What do you think drew them to each other?
Do you think opposites attract? When Ira has his accident, he is visited by his dead wife, Ruth. Have you ever felt the presence of a departed loved one? After the rodeo, Brian is confrontational with Sofia and Luke comes to her rescue.
How would you have reacted in a similar situation? At first, Ira is very shy around Ruth.
How does she draw him out of his shell? Ira decides to enlist in the air force during World War II, and returns unable to have children. Because of this, Ira decides to break off his engagement with Ruth. Would you have made the same decision? In the beginning, Marcia believes that Luke is just a rebound relationship for Sofia.
Do you think they were moving too fast? The relationship between Luke and his mother Linda is very close. How does she react to him putting himself in danger and why? How would you react if someone close to you was taking these kinds of big risks?