In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways. Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together - how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.
A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior's life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death - loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he's keeping doesn't destroy it first.
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.
About the Author
Nicholas Sparks is the author of eighteen novels and two works of nonfiction, all bestsellers and all translated into more than forty languages. Ten of his novels topped the "New York Times" bestsellers list. Many of his books have been made into feature films, including "Message in a Bottle", "A Walk to Remember", and "The Notebook".
Ron McLarty has appeared on Broadway in "That Championship Season, Our Country's Good, " and "Moonchildren." His film credits include "Two Bits, The Postman, " and "The Flamingo Kid." He has starred on television in "Spenser for Hire" and "Cop Rock." Mr. McLarty is also a novelist and an award-winning playwright.
January Lavoie has narrated the "Sweet Valley Confidential" series for Macmillan Audio, as well as "The Snow Angel" by Glenn Beck and "Dreams of the Dead" by Perri O Shaughnessy.