Friday, October 4, 2013

book club

This week,I read Nicholas Sparks' newest one, The Longest Ride.
The story for The Longest Ride really began when I learned about Black Mountain College. I had been struggling to find something that excited me for my next novel when I came across a reference to the college online. I was, to understate it, greatly captivated: that an isolated college in my home state of North Carolina was so influential to the American art scene seemed so unlikely that I began researching the school immediately.  Thinking about all that happened during the school’s 25-odd years in operation—World War II included—seemed so ripe with possibility. Soon enough, Ira’s character came into my mind and The Longest Ride began coming together.Then, because Ira and his wife, Ruth, were such a wonderful example of enduring love, I wanted to find a perfect counterpoint as an example of new love.  And that’s how I came up with Luke and Sophia.  Sophia was created to resonate with my college-aged fans, and Luke is really the quintessential All-American guy.  I had never been to a Professional Bull Riding event, but there are so many ranches throughout North Carolina, it just seemed to make sense that he would be a bullrider.
(thanks to his website)

What a quick and enjoyable read,although my heart was breaking throughout the whole story for Ira and his situation. I loved that both couples were from such different backgrounds yet so similar and both knew the real meaning of true love and happiness with another. Luke was a bit too stubborn for my liking though :) What a twist at the end,but I figured something along those lines was going to happen. A good book,I give it an A.

Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. This is on my list to buy this month. I just love Nicholas Sparks. He seems to always get it right for me. ;0


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