The Longest Ride By Nicholas Sparks. ‘After all, if there is a heaven, we will find each other again, for there is no heaven without you.’ Ninety one year old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his beloved and long dead, wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families. A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke has a secret which threatens it all. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected and shocking of ways. The new epic love story from the multimillion copy bestselling author of The Notebook, The Lucky One and The Best of Me. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved authors. The love and the strength of the feelings between them was truly magical to read about. Ira has so much love in his heart for his wife and it genuinely made us very emotional, bringing tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. We loved reading about their back-story and so I really looked forward to Ira's parts.