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The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, published in hardback by Sphere. PA Photo/Sphere.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, published in hardback by Sphere. PA Photo/Sphere.

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The Longest Ride

by Nicholas Sparks

The Strypes. PA Photo/Jill Furmanovsky.

The Strypes. PA Photo/Jill Furmanovsky.

Nicholas Sparks’s latest novel has film adaptation written all over it.

A story of enduring love, struggle, wisdom and art; it is a wonderful read, and a great addition to the Sparks’ oeuvre.

Ira Levinson, who lost his wife Ruth nine years ago, has had a major car accident and wonders if he will survive the bitter North Carolina snow. College student Sophia Danko has had a nasty altercation with her ex-boyfriend Brian, when Luke Collins, a bull-rider, comes to her aid. An elegiac, gentle, surprising story of each couple is told over a 50-year period.