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 – 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.
I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie based on this book and thought I better read it before I go see it.
I really enjoyed this book a lot. We get two love stories in one book, one in the past and one in the resent time. There are three POVs, we have Ira who is trapped injured in his car for days by himself. He is seeing his dead wife and therefor recalling their life. Their story how they met, lived and loved. The good times but also the darker times in their marriage. I know some people found Ira’s part a bit boring and didn’t care for it much, but I really loved it. It was so sweet and heartwarming but also heartbreaking. I knew it was coming since his wife is dead in the beginning of the book but it still broke my heart. I might have shed a few tears.
And we get Luke and Sophia POV, who are in the present. Sophia and Luke are two completely different people from different world but they still make a good couple. After they meet they fall in love quickly maybe even a bit too quickly and we follow their story as they get to know each other more and fall even more in love. Until a secret that Luke has comes to light. I liked both of their POVs. But I preferred Luke’s a bit more.
As I was reading it I kept wondering how those two different yet a bit similar stories connect and that is answered at the end of the book in a somewhat nice twist. I really enjoyed the end and how he tied those two couple in the end.
Overall I really enjoyed this book of two love stories, one is an old one coming to an end and the other just beginning.
I can’t wait to see the movie and hope they don’t screw it up but I know I will be bringing the tissues. I know I needed those a few times reading the book.
I rate it at 4★
Some of my favorite quotes:
“You made me happy and you made me laugh, and if I could do it all over again, I would not hesitate. Look at our life, at the trips we took, the adventures we had. As your father used to say, we shared the longest ride together, this thing called life, and mine has been filled with joy because of you.”
“If we’d never met, I think I would have known my life wasn’t complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn’t know who I was looking for.”
“After all, if there is a heaven, we will find each other again, for there is no heaven without you.”