Audie Award Winner, Romance, 2014
Ira Levinson is in trouble. At 91 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 - 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 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. 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.
©2013 Nicholas Sparks (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I feel bad saying it's "okay" and not great, but it's true. The narration was very good, but it's like the author put two books together and then made the most obvioius choice at the end to merge the two stories together. It's almost as if the author only had a final chapter to do it. It was VERY predictable. I llistened to the whole thing and I have no regrets, but I was expecting more and the book didn't deliver.
Nicholas Sparks has a way of drawing you in quickly into the lives of his characters so that you can easily feel their individual emotions. I have already recommended this book to my friends and encourage those especially contemplating a long term relationship or who are in a long term relationship to read this book. It will pull at your heartstrings and give insight into the concept of marriage.
Ira was definitely my favourite character and was beautifully brought to life by the narrator. He made you laugh, he made you cry and gave the reader/listener amazing insight into his long marriage to the woman he loved.
No but I will definitely keep them in mind for any future narrations.
Ira because I love to hear the stories that our elder generation have to tell us. Their stories are rich in our history and so many of them go untold.
This is the first book I have offered a review on but I felt strongly that I should like to guide others to this remarkable story.
This was not the typical Nicholas Sparks book. There was a great twist to it. The ending was totally unexpected.
Nicholas Sparks is awesome. His books have never disappointed me.
I didn't read the print version, but I didn't like the way the female voice portrayed the voice of the young man...
The way the story wrapped up at the end was very good. i found the first half of the book a little drawn out...
Nice book, just a little slow for me..
Nicholas Sparks' ending are always tear filled, but this one were happy tears that left me smiling. I love the ending.
Each took a different time and place. They were excellent.
Ira, he is so loving.
This was an amazing book. Great story!! Nicholas Sparks wrote yet another "great book"!!
Amazing love story!
The end, actually. When the two stories combined and it was clear how they were connected. NS created characters that you can't help but fall in love with.
Yes. I have actually listened to it twice now. It's THAT good!
Nicholas Sparks' last few books have not impressed me and this one didn't either. Got bored with it.
I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't what I expected from Nicholas Spark's, but I would recommend it...and I will probably listen to it again.
I did not read the printed edition, I listened to audio book.
It was written to hold your interest all the way to the last chapter...
I did not read the book.
Ruth and the husband...they brought suspense to the story..
I would like to have more books similar to this one....
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