Nicholas Sparks, the man who has stolen the hearts of thousands of women, never ceases to amaze his readers. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? The only words that come to my mind are, “I understand!” (You’ll decipher this statement once you’ve read this book!)
The first time I read The Longest Ride, I was in a different season of my life, and the story connected to me in a way no other book had before. However, reading it this second time brought along a whole new meaning. Like rewatching my favorite movies, I picked out new things that I hadn’t noticed during my first read, which made me love this novel even more!
Just like how a bottle of wine gets better with age, this book has the same effect! Each season I read it, I bet I’m going to fall even more in love than I am at this moment. It is one of the few books that can capture a real and enchanting romance with four people whose lives will never be the same after meeting their true loves.
The Longest Ride centers around two love stories that are decades apart. The first begins in 1939, the day Ira first met Ruth, the love of his life. A Jewish escapee, Ruth and her family immigrated to America from Vienna at the start of World War II, before Hitler invaded. Ira, a shy, introverted tailor, knew from the moment he saw Ruth in the synagogue that he would, one day, marry her. The other half of the novel takes place in our time with a girl, Sophia, who is at college studying art, and a bull-rider, Luke, who is doing all he can to keep his mom’s ranch above water. Two epic love stories of pure passion and romance connect in the unlikeliest of ways; The Longest Ride is a tale, once read, you will never be able to forget!
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