A few miles away, at a local rodeo, 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.
Let me start off my saying that I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks. Like, a drop dead off my rocker fan. I have his entire collection of books in hard cover, I even have a shelf of my bookshelf dedicated to him. Now, I know you’re probably wondering why this book has only three stars. I can understand why someone would love this book, it has all the aspects a fairy tale romance should. But something was missing for me. It was almost as if the love, in both of the couples, was just to.. easy. I can understand they had many obstacles to overcome, however they didn’t give a wow factor. They didn’t make me feel. To me, the story lacked any real feeling. It was cute, but cute can only get you so far in life.