What is this book about?
Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus 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.
A few miles away, at a local rodeo, 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.
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.
Released: September 17th, 2013
My rating: 4/5
What I thought of it?
A friend of mine recommended me this book quite a while ago, but other than adding it to my endless pile of ‘to read’ books, I didn’t really think about it any further. It wasn’t until I noticed the trailer of the on-screen version that my interest was peaked again. I’ve always loved Nicholas Sparks so with the movie coming out soon, I put this book on top of my pile.
Even though the story was somewhat predictable, I still really, really liked this book. What can I say, I’m a mush for romance. And this book has plenty of it. It was also such a touching story, and throughout the entire thing, I just wanted to reach out and hug Ira. I don’t think anyone can stay emotionless while reading about Ira’s feelings towards his wife.
I admit though that at first I was more interested in Luke and Sophia’s story, but I guess that was just because we weren’t 100% sure how their relationship was going to turn out and because they were my age throughout the entire story. Nonetheless, in the end I must say that Ira is by far my favorite character. I loved all the other characters as well, but Ira just stood out for his kind nature and his unconditional love for his wife.
The reason I only gave this book a four star rating is because I wasn’t very fond of the switch between the two stories. Whenever one story went back to the other I wanted to just continue the other one as it often ended with some sort of cliffhanger. It often felt like a struggle to get back into the other story as for most of the book the two stories are completely seperate from one another. It sort of seemed like I was reading two books a the same time.
But still, I loved this book and anyone who loves Nicholas Sparks will find his usual style back in this one. I definitely can’t wait to see what they made of the movie.
Until next time,
With love, Ellen