Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publication: September 17th, 2013
Source: Local Library
Rating: 5/5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
The Longest Ride was by far not my favorite Nicholas Sparks book, but in saying that I'm always up for a good love story and Sparks didn't disappoint in that aspect. The Longest Ride took a long time to get interested in. There was never a time when I didn't like the book, but there were times I was bored and wanted to just skip those parts. Once I got into The Longest Ride I was hooked.
Ira was a character I often struggled with. The beginning of his chapters were often dry and repetitive. The flash backs of Ira and Ruth's marriage was the part I liked best. It showed the difference in time period. Their love radiated off the pages. That is how I fell in love with their characters and the story of their lives.
Then there was Sophia who had just broken up with her boyfriend. She meets Luke, a cowboy, by chance and that is where their love story begins. Luke is a bull rider with many secrets and the secrets have the power to destroy their relationship. I believe the writing style was different than in Sparks other novels and there were times I felt it was hard to connect to Sophia and Luke. I did very much fall in love with their love story and was dying to know their ending. I enjoyed Sophia's chapters the most of this novel. I was very connected to these characters by the time I reached the end of the novel.
Nicholas Sparks crafted a novel full of fear, excitement, love, anger, joy, and pain. I felt myself on the roller coaster of life. The last 100 pages of Nicholas Sparks novel kept me up late into the night to finish. I had to know the ending. I have to say that Nicholas Sparks didn't disappoint. Ira, Luke, and Sophia finally connected as characters in a way which I would have least expected it. The ending was nothing like I predicted and I enjoyed the fact that although I have read several Nicholas Sparks books he is still able to craft novels that keep me up late at night and surprise me. This is not the first Sparks book that I have stayed up late to finish and I guarantee it won't be the last. Nicholas Sparks continues to prove himself as a superb author.
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