The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

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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 bull-riding event, 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.

My Thoughts:

This is the latest book that came out September 17, 2013. The story follows the lives of two couples; one that demonstrates a love that lasts till old age and the other a young couple who have just discovered love.

Nicholas Sparks has the ability to make everyone believe that there is magic and that love is magical. There is a certain charm and intensity in the way he writes that touches a person to the depths of their soul. Romance is a concept handled in many ways by different people, but Nicholas Sparks will take you on a magical journey that you never want to end.

This story starts with an old man, Ira who is in an accident, his car has gone off the side of a cliff and he is stuck inside for a duration that is unthinkable. He was on his way to visit a place that was both dear to him and his late wife. He survives for 2 days in the crash with broken bones and everything only with thoughts of his late wife. He relives their memories together and imagines her to be there beside him encouraging him to stay alive as help would come.

In parallel we are introduced to a young couple who realise that they like each other after a series of events. Initially we are shown the two different couples and their story is described separately. Later on we see how fates intertwine and the young couple end up finding the old man Ira in the car wreck. A letter they find on him touches them to the depths of their soul as they realise a special kind of love. The climax and ending of this story will take any reader’s breath away at the sheer beauty of the situation.

As usual Nicholas Sparks delivers a heart-warming story that will make every reader laugh and cry and go through so many different emotions all at once.

The Longest Ride

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I am back with more on books by Nicholas Sparks, but this time I am not giving a book review!! The Longest Ride is Nicholas Sparks latest novel which is going to release on the 17th of September 2013!! Being an ardent fan of his books and writing I simple cannot wait to grab a copy of his book and immerse myself in the world of his characters. His books have been my source of experiencing such love as can never be imagined in real life and his characters are not perfectionists or unreal people but someone who seems just like a normal person!!

Reading the summary or synopsis of the story on his official website (link will be at the end of this post for those fans out there like me) I felt a compelling urge to get the book already. It is so difficult to wait. So next I am including the synopsis of the book taken from the official site:

Summary:

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 bull-riding event, 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.

From the above summary we can see that this book is another one of his signature love stories with a lot of meaning and messages conveyed as well as some values in life. I will definitely post a review of the book when i read it. But until then, this teaser of the book should suffice!!

The official website of Nicholas Sparks is : http://www.nicholassparks.com

Do visit the site, and fans like me can register to receive to email updates!!

– Dark Warrior

A WALK TO REMEMBER by Nicholas Sparks

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This was among the first of the author’s books I read. The moment I read this I fell in love with the author’s style of writing and his way of storytelling. This is a love story that touches you to the depths of your soul. It is heartwarming and heart wrenching, happy and sad all wrapped up in on.

The story revolves around the lives of two youngsters, a girl, Jamie, who has a rare form of leukemia which no one knows about, and a boy, Landon, who is the popular guy at school. Jamie is loving, caring, and a true believer in god while Landon is troubled, rebellious and resents his father for leaving him and his mother. Due to certain circumstances, Landon is forced to be a part of the school Christmas play as punishment for his bad behavior. He spends time with Jamie while working on the play and develops feelings for her in spite of her warning him against it. He stands up for her against his friends and soon his priorities in life undergo a huge change. Once he discovers the existence of her bucket list, he sets out to help her fulfill it. When she finally confesses the truth about her illness, after her father reproaches her for hiding it, Landon though hurt and unhappy that she had not told him before, remains with her and makes her happy. When Jamie’s health takes a turn for the worse, Landon makes up his mind to fulfill her number one on her bucket list, to marry someone she loves in the same church where her parents got married. She gives him her mother’s bible which she used to carry everywhere with her and in it are marked all her favourite passages. Jamie’s father, the pastor walks his daughter down the aisle and presides over the beautiful ceremony. A while after this Jamie dies, having changed Landon life forever. Landon describes that as the perfect summer of his life. As a result of his relationship with Jamie, and through her encouragement before she passes away, he finally goes on to fulfill his dreams and gets an acceptance to medical school. Jamie changed his life forever and showed him how he could be a better person.

The story is written beautifully, the feelings expressed so well that they touched me and left a huge impression on me. I was able to relate with the characters and experience every feeling of theirs. I strongly recommend this book as it is a beautiful story about love, friendship, forgiveness and trust.

– Dark Warrior