The longest ride anyone would want to go on

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The first time I read the Notebook I fell in love with the characters, and with the style in which Nicolas Sparks brought the love story to life. By the end of the book I’d been through such a rollercoaster of emotion I was literally worn out. It was worth it.

I didn’t think anything could top my enjoyment, and though I’ve read and enjoyed many of Nicolas Sparks’ books since, I was right. Until I read The Longest Ride.

It might sound strange to say that I spent a good portion of the book in tears, but I was literally moved beyond words. The artful way Nicolas takes his readers on the ‘long ride’ is simply superb. It is a beautiful story, and one that should be shared.

I liked everything about it, including how apt the title turned out to be.

The tale starts from Ira Levinson’s point of view, a ninety-one year old man who finds himself involved in an automobile accident and trapped inside his car. As he lays, hoping someone will come along the highway to help, he looks back on the life he spent with his beloved Ruth, whom he’d lost nine years earlier.

These memories, aided by the ghost of Ruth (whether real or imaginary), are some of the best parts of the book. He shares his journey beautifully and the love story is incredibly moving. It’s easy to recognise the goodness in Ira, and just as easy to fall for the character and live those memories with him.

The book also follows a new love story, to complement the timeless beauty of Ira and Ruth. We are introduced to Luke and Sophia, a young couple who meet by chance and begin their own adventure together.

Their journey eventually crosses paths with Ira’s and the result is simply remarkable.

I loved every moment of The Longest Ride. It is as timeless as the love contained within its pages.

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Thanks for reading

Mel

Dean Koontz and his descriptive prowess

Innocence by Dean Koontz

When I was a younger, my two favourite authors were Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I particularly enjoyed their descriptive prowess and hoped to one day try my hand at using similes and metaphors to make scenes vivid and entertaining – just as they do. They always bring the story to life for me. Once I picked up a book, I could never put it down.

They’re still among my favourites, but I realised recently, that I haven’t read anything by Dean Koontz in a few years. I obviously set out to rectify this. I started with Innocence, and intend to work backwards from there (returning to the Odd Thomas books for example).

I wasn’t disappointed in Innocence. I was reminded of how easy it is to get lost in (Dean’s) worlds. His characters are genuine, believable, and extremely likable. I read the book in one sitting, such was my haste to learn their fate. I lapped up every word.

The book is about a lonely young man (Addison), who, by his own definition, is one of the ’hidden’. He lives alone underground, only venturing above when necessary, and only at night. On one of his journeys into the dark, he meets an intriguing young woman and is drawn to her unique nature and the commonalities they share. From the first encounter the bond between them is powerful and unyielding, and what ensues is an adventure that is fast paced, moving and highly entertaining.

He kept me guessing until the very end. Only hinting at the reason for Addison’s seclusion, and the fear and loathing he is subjected to from birth. He adds layers of mystery and suspense, whilst giving a unique insight into the human spirit.

Whether you like, science fiction, thriller, mystery or suspense – this book has it all.

But, be warned. Once you delve into Addison’s world, you won’t be able to leave it until the very end!

Enjoy!

Thanks for reading.

Mel