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The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Sparks
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Nicholas Sparks clearly knows how to tug at heartstrings and so he proves again with this tale of two love stories . . . The fortunes of both romances are described with a noticeably old-fashioned tenderness which prizes love and devotion and which, especially in Ira's story, provides a proper, old-fashioned weepie (Daily Mail)

A fiercely romantic and touching tale, with the added bonus of a sexy cowboy. When it comes to tales about love, Nicholas Sparks is one of the undisputed kings (Heat)

(Sparks) has a canny knack of tapping into what makes us human, and before you know it, you are rooting for Ira and engrossed in his life story (Irish Independent)

Will suck you in and leave you a sobbing mess (Star Magazine)

Book Description

In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with this epic story of two couples whose parallel love stories intersect in profound and surprising ways.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1051 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751549967
  • Publisher: Sphere (17 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C74SHQG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With over eighty-five million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Nine of his novels have been adapted into major films: The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.

Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him and sign up for the Nicholas Sparks eNewsletter at, and follow him on Twitter: @NicholasSparks.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story 17 Sep 2013
Before I begin I just have to let you all know that I absolutely adore Nicholas Sparks. I have seen all his film adaptations and read a lot, although not all, of his books. I was eagerly awaiting The Longest Ride, his latest novel, and was so excited when I received a copy for review that I just had to dive straight in.

The Longest Ride switches between the plot of two different stories, that of Ira and that of Sophie and Luke, while alternating between the perspective of all three. I enjoyed seeing the two stories and eventually learning how they connect. Ira's story was beautiful and told of his journey and I learnt a lot about his past. Each time Ira's chapters came around I found myself liking him more and more and realising just what a wonderful man and character he really is. His love for his wife never falters and is so emotional to read about. I adored the character of Ruth and the way she is portrayed. I also enjoyed the story of Luke and Sophia, although I did like Luke's character a little more. Luke came across as caring and very family orientated while I have to say Sophia was a little selfish at times. Although as their chapters move on I did find myself liking each character by the end of the book.

The Longest Ride was not a typical Nicholas Sparks novel. Yes it had the raw emotion, yes it made me cry, more than once, but it was a little different. I think perhaps because of the two stories running along side each other of which you do not see any connection until the end of the book. I do not think this is a bad thing as I enjoyed both stories and their connection, it just made it a little different from previous Nicholas Sparks novels.

Overall, I loved The Longest Ride.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly spectacular story 24 Sep 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
I'm a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and his novels, I've read every single book of his and truly treasured them, and so I was very excited about his latest release The Longest Ride.

91 year old Ira is trying to stay conscious after his car crashes, and whilst struggling to remain conscious he sees an image of his beloved late wife Ruth, who urges him to hang on and recounts their story and life together. Meanwhile, college student Sophia meets cowboy Luke she is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. But whilst Sophia sees a new future for herself, Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it....

I really LOVED The Longest Ride - I sat down first thing in the morning to read it and I spent a wonderful day being swept up in this truly fascinating and enchanting story.

Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed the story of Ira and Ruth. The love and the strength of the feelings between them was truly magical to read about. Ira has so much love in his heart for his wife and it genuinely made me very emotional, bringing tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. I loved reading about their back-story and so I really looked forward to Ira's parts.

I liked Sophia and Luke, their story was interesting and I was compelled to read on because I wanted to know what Luke was holding back, and I wanted to see how things would turn out for them. I also liked that there are obstacles, it made the story more realistic that it wasn't always plain sailing, and it gave me something to root for and I was gripped as I didn't know which way the story would go next.

I wasn't sure how the two stories of Ira and Ruth and Sophia and Luke would link so when it was all revealed it was a great surprise for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OBSESSED 13 April 2014
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Sometimes I love a Nicholas Sparks book, and sometimes I don't. I flipping love this book, I got absolutely hooked on it and had to finish it the day I started it. I got totally into the plots, and didn't want it to end. I felt it had one of the better Sparks ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The longest ride 30 May 2014
This is another good read by Nicholas Sparks. I was really sucked in by this book. I also liked how each chapter is broken down to each person: Luke, Ira and Sophie. Very good story line for all of them. Highly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Over the years I've read most of the books that Nicholas Sparks has written, just got a couple of his older ones to read, and watched ALL the film adaptations so when I saw that The Longest Ride was coming out I knew I wanted to read it so was extremely grateful when I received a copy to review.

There are two parallel storylines going on within the book, the first involving 91-year-old Ira Levinson whose car has veered off the road whilst making one last visit to one of his favourite places. Whilst he's struggling to retain consciousness he starts to see and talk to his beloved late wife Ruth and reminisces about certain events in their long happy life together. He knows that she's not really there with him but the fact that he feels that she is is a great comfort and strength to him.

Elsewhere college student Sophia and cowboy Luke meet at a bar when he comes to her rescue when he witnesses her being hassled by her ex boyfriend Brian. There's an initial attraction between the two but when their lives are so completely different how could they possibly make a relationship work. As they fall in love there are many obstacles they have to overcome not least the secret that Luke is keeping from her that threatens their whole future together...

To me it was pretty obvious how the two stories would intercept so when it happened I wasn't surprised but despite this predictability it didn't detract from what was a charming love story which any hopeless romantics like me will enjoy reading.

I can already see how this could so easily be adapted into a film so it was no surprise to me to then discover that the film rights had been optioned and that a film version is likely to hit our screens in 2015. I cannot wait to see who is cast in the role of Luke ;-)
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