By: Nicholas Sparks
Let me start by saying that I LOVE NICHOLAS SPARKS BOOKS! Ok, now that I have that out there I can honestly write about this book. When I picked up this book I expected it to be like all the other books he has written and don’t get me wrong it is, but it moves a bit slower and fills in many “cracks” as you read it. The plot line for this book is AWESOME and how the two stories collide is just magical. As I read this book I was thinking ok how does this all fit together as I neared the end of the book the last few chapters the book really came together beautifully. The love story between Luke and Sophia is so sweet and real. The story of Ira’s life and the scene of the crash is amazing and so touching. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a good puzzle piece love story. Nicholas Sparks did a GREAT job tying up all loose ends and ending the story beautifully. I will admit I did have a few tears in my eyes as I read the end of this book. Tears of joy!
Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes 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.