The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride

By Nicholas Sparks

  • Release Date: 2013-09-17
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 4,008 Ratings


From the dark days of WWII to present-day North Carolina, this New York Times bestseller shares the lives of two couples overcoming destructive secrets -- and finding joy together.

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.


  • Nicholas Sparks

    By Luvit1234567890
    With each book I read by Mr. Sparks I find myself drawn into the lovely use of language and flow of the story. Every description, every change of scenery and juxtaposition of characters and their thoughts and actions leave me sad to finish the book only to await another book. Mr. Sparks is a rare find. In The Longest Ride, Ira and Ruth, Luke and Sophia are believable and endearing. WOW!!!!
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    By amandax345
    Such a great book!
  • Sparks does it again.

    By Nataliexxhope
    This book merges a heart-warming and heart-breaking story of the life of an elderly couple with the budding and exciting love of college students to make a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you feeling satisfied. Prepare yourself for both tears and laughter.
  • Wonderful Story

    By Very Happy Apple Customer
    Great story teller and dripping with history and suspense. Ending left me with a smile.
  • A beautiful story

    By Cats19369291
    Wow, this book really was amazing and opened my heart right on up. There were a few times when I really couldn’t help it and the tears were flowing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance!! At times this book also had me on edge, it was truly an amazing read and I’m not going to give any details because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone!! But go buy and read this book right now!! Take the life lessons and let them help guide you!
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  • Love this book

    By madisoncooper54258705
    This book has made me believe in love.
  • fun to read

    By cloud01person
    easy and light story, predictable, but no borred, still will keep you in the good mood :)
  • Best book

    By Briebrie😘2013_5
    I love this book it is Nichols sparks best book
  • Best Book Ever

    By Jackie1568
    I Loved This Book It Was Not Like The Movie, It Was Better. I wish the author could make a book 2 of this to see where Sofia and Luke end up. 😭😭❤️❤️