The Longest Ride
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. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. 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. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

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: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

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  • Kyla Harris
    Oct 1, 2016

    Kyla Harris

    Plot - 20/20 Characters - 19/20 Creativity - 19/20Writing - 17/20 Pace - 9/10Ending - 10/1093/100 = A5/5 starsNicklaus Sparks has done it again! A perfect ending. It's so satisfying reading his books. It makes me happy, and that's exactly the reason you should read books. I loved Ira a...

  • Nur Ain Z.
    Aug 5, 2016

    Nur Ain Z.

    2.5 starsI can see why some people favour this book while the others don’t. I, for that matter, happen to fall into the third category – enjoyed the story but wasn’t entirely impressed by it. It was just an okay kind of story for me; sweet enough to leave you aching but ...

  • Inés Izal
    May 5, 2016

    Inés Izal

    Este hombre siempre me destroza el corazón.Pero juro que nunca nadie hará historias de amor como las suyas.La de Ira y Ruth es única. ...

  • Medini
    Mar 28, 2016


    ‘After all, if there is a heaven, we will find each other again, for there is no heaven without you.’ I feel terrible for giving this book a low rating, especially since Nicholas Sparks has been one of my favorite authors since several years; I mean I binge read A Bend in ...

  • Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
    Mar 15, 2016

    Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~

    Update: 7/11/13Holy SHIT! Kindle Preorder price is $11.04?Nicholas Sparks I love you but dang....You are already rich....I mean really....It's a digital book.....Unless it reads the book to me I do not like this price... New Nicholas Sparks Book in September!!! I am so excited!! ...

  • Duane
    Jan 7, 2016


    I don't readily admit to the fact that I have read all of Nicholas Sparks books. I don't know what I would answer if someone ask me "why". It's just a path I got started on and now it seems a shame to stop it. They are entertaining and well wriitten for the most part, although I have b...

  • Zoey
    Dec 8, 2015


    Loved it..The Longest Ride gives us 2 different storylines that eventually intersect.One showing us the beautiful everlasting lifetime love with Ira & Ruth & the other the exciting beginnings of a new & young love with Luke & Sophia. Both beautiful stories that will mak...

  • Dale Harcombe
    Nov 22, 2015

    Dale Harcombe

    It’s no secret I am a fan of the novels of Nicholas Sparks. His characters and the way he writes suck me into the story every time. I like that he writes about true and lasting love. I wondered how different it might be this time, as this was the first time I had seen the movie be...

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    Nov 12, 2015

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    The Longest Ride is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a very long time and has earned every one if not more of the five stars I awarded it. It is the love story of two very different couples in North Carolina whose lives seemingly have nothing in common with one another.Fi...

  • Dilushani Jayalath
    Oct 19, 2015

    Dilushani Jayalath

    This would definitely go in my favourites of nicholas sparks. I'm not a big fan of Sparks at all. Like now it just have become way too cliché. Dying, saving a kid or an ex, it's always the usual. For some reason I liked this one though. Maybe I watched the movie before hand and then...