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.


Thanks for reading


Laura Josephine is now 20!

I’ve already posted on my personal blog about what I hope to achieve before the next anniversary of my escape from the womb. They’re pretty standard things, and ones I fell I could reasonably achieve. I also hope to spend more time updating this blog. There’s a lot going on in my world. I’ve just had the Christmas holidays where my dad visited for the first time ever from England, my boyfriend’s and my own’s birthdays have already happened this year and I’m just starting to feel like I’m in the swing of things at my full time job. I’m actually really enjoying it there, but that’s a separate thing.

My point is, that all the things going on in my life seem to be conspiring to not let me write. The fantastic thing about NaNoWriMo, was that I could literally say “Sorry, I’m staying in to write tonight” and that was a perfectly valid excuse. The night of my own birthday party, not so much. It also helped that I only had full-time hours for the last week of November, and I was in a lower position where I could doodle ideas as I worked. 

This post could go on forever listing reasons I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like and also talking about how I would like to change that, but I’m sticking to the positive. I am no longer a teenager, I shall spend the night tonight catching up with friends I haven’t seen enough of in 2013 and making full use of my still-young liver. And from the start of March, I will have Thursdays of and will aim to post on both my personal blog and this one each week. I know that’s a little bit off, but that’s how rosters work in big companies like mine!

I’m not leaving, and I will endeavor to post every weekend. But I’m looking forward to what I hope will be a happy and productive year.

Happy birthday to me!