The Long­est Ride

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by Ni­cholas Sparks

Sparks, fa­mous for spin­ning teary ro­man­tic sagas like The Note­book, is back with a new novel, which fea­tures two in­ter­twin­ing love sto­ries. It opens in the thick of the ac­tion with 91-year-old Ira Levin­son, who is trapped af­ter a car crash and hal­lu­ci­nat­ing about his beloved dead wife, Ruth. Urg­ing him to hang on, the vi­sion of Ruth helps him stay alert by re­count­ing sto­ries of their life to­gether, from their im­mi­gra­tion to Amer­ica af­ter the Se­cond World War to their en­dur­ing love. Mean­while, a few miles away, col­lege stu­dent Sophia Danko is fall­ing for cowboy and rodeo cham­pion Luke, as she strug­gles to re­cover from a messy break-up. But Luke har­bours a ter­ri­ble se­cret that spells doom for their bud­ding ro­mance. An­tic­i­pate melo­dra­matic mo­ments, ro­mance and char­ac­ters that you’ll in­vest in. It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble not to fall for the fa­mil­iar lit­er­ary com­fort of Sparks’ ro­man­ti­cism – and you can do so safe in the knowl­edge that a movie ver­sion of the book will be re­leased in time for Valen­tine’s Day 2015.

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