“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 reminiscing about their life together. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories. A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, university senior Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes are high: Reward and ruin- and 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 – if the secret Luke’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.”
This is possibly one of the best books ever written. It definitely is my utmost favorite novel written by Nicholas Sparks so far. I’m sure I’ve already mentioned it but he is one of my favorite authors and I find all of his books to be enthralling. A few of my friends read this book when it first came out and informed me of their opinions. That they found it dull until about the middle of the book and that they weren’t that impressed by it. I had the complete opposite opinion of the book than they did. The book had captured my complete attention within the first twenty pages and I had a really hard time putting it down. If I wasn’t reading it I was constantly thinking about what was going to happen next or replaying some of the scenes in my mind. My absolute favorite scene was in the beginning when Sophia went outside to get some air and met Luke. When Luke came to her rescue I couldn’t help but smile and think that it was one of the sweetest, and most romantic, things ever! He was her knight and shining armor in a cowboy form. (Also, the actor they cast to play Luke fits the exact image of the one I had drawn up in my mind of him!) It was interesting to read about how their lives intertwined with Ira’s. Usually if I like an author I’ll read their books without every reading the synopsis so I was confused as to why Ira’s story was in the novel. But it was really nice to read about Ira’s life and who he was. It made the end so much more special and meaningful. Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest books ever written by Nicholas Sparks. I highly recommend it to everyone. I loved it and I hope that you do too!