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The Longest Ride(5)

The Longest Ride(5)

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Published by Aicha Eugene
Nicholas Sparks clearly knows how to tug at heartstrings and so he proves again with this tale of two love stories ... The fortunes of both romances are described with a noticeably old-fashioned tenderness which prizes love and devotion and which, especially in Ira's story, provides a proper, old-fashioned weepie Daily Mail (Sparks) has a canny knack of tapping into what makes us human, and before you know it, you are rooting for Ira and engrossed in his life story Irish Independent
Nicholas Sparks clearly knows how to tug at heartstrings and so he proves again with this tale of two love stories ... The fortunes of both romances are described with a noticeably old-fashioned tenderness which prizes love and devotion and which, especially in Ira's story, provides a proper, old-fashioned weepie Daily Mail (Sparks) has a canny knack of tapping into what makes us human, and before you know it, you are rooting for Ira and engrossed in his life story Irish Independent

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Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New YorkTimes bestsellers, with nearly 80 million copies in print worldwide, in over 45 languages, including over50 million copies in the United States alone, and his popularity continues to soar.Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It waspublished in 1996 by Warner Books. He followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk toRemember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), TheGuardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), DearJohn (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010) and TheBest of Me (2011), as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-writtenwith his brother Micah.Safe Haven is scheduled for release on February 14, 2013, and marks Sparks's eighth film adaptation,following The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe,Dear John and The Last Song, which thus far have a cumulative worldwide gross of nearly three-quartersof a billion dollars.Sparks lives in North Carolina with his family. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities,and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame,where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he foundedThe Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds atrack and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and fieldathletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set aWorld Junior Indoor Record in the 4 x400 meter, in New York. The record still stands.
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This is the best of Nicholas Sparks since The Notebook - 5 stars ++++! Oh course, I have read all his booksand have seen all his movies --they are all great - however, I will say The Longest Ride is at the top of thelist with The Notebook. What a beautifully written poignant love story and fell in love with all thecharacters (especially Luke).I had purchased the book on pre-order; however, was busy packing for a long extended stay and drive toHighlands, NC and ironically Winston-Salem, NC (from West Palm Beach) which is a 12 hour drive, sodecided to purchase the audio from audible.com for my long drive on iPod for next week. However,started listening to it yesterday while packing, and had to finish it tonight as could not put it down--(so
 
will need another book for my trip next week)! (Ironically, listened to The Best of Me by Nicholas onaudio for my last trip two years ago from NC to South Florida.)I would highly recommend the audio as Ron McLarty (whom I love as is the narrator of David Baldacci'sbooks) and January LaVoy - made the book! They did an exceptional job with the performance of Ira/Ruth and Sophie/Luke.Another huge plus - as a native of NC (Piedmont area) it was nice to hear Nicholas incorporating thePiedmont/Western Carolina mountain areas of NC versus the eastern coast as some of his other books.All the familiar places, I love (Winston-Salem, Old Salem, King, Grove Park Inn, Black Mountain,Asheville, Biltmore, Pinnacle, Clemmons, Yadkinville, 421, Pilot Mountain, Wake Forest, FabienRestaurant, etc.) Kept waiting for Village Tavern Reynolda Road. In your next book would love a settingin Highlands or Cashiers, NC (so quaint and lots of hiking and waterfalls, Old Edwards Inn & Spa-quainttown and at the top of mountains you can see NC, SC, and GA in one view.Note to Nicholas: I kept waiting for this in the book - For your movie would love for you to use thesetting: Pilot Knob Inn Bed and Breakfast (361 New Pilot Knob Lane, Pinnacle, NC 27043) owned byJennifer and Will Allen (located at the foot of the Pilot Knob Park right off the exit.) I have stayed theremany times over the years when visiting my sons in Winston-Salem.--The adorable historic tobaccocabins are equipped with front porches and rockers, country breakfast-- would be an ideal setting forthe cabin scenes for Sophie/Luke and the owner there also shows horses with barn and stalls. You canbring you own horse and rent a stall-- Water hay and fresh bedding are provided for horses. The trails of Pilot Mt. and Sauratown Mt. run through the property with miles and miles of trails. You can also gohorseback riding nearby.Back to the book - without giving away the ending - it was perfect. Great transition between the old(Ira/Ruth) and younger generation (Luke/Sophie) and a brilliant ending. Two couples who seem to havenothing in common; however, by the end -they have more in common than you think. You will smile andcry. Wow, I know NC has hot country guys as have seen my share of them--Cannot wait to see who willbe cast in the movie. A must read - be sure and check out Nicholas' new website!
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