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Although the two story timelines are different, I found it pretty easy to follow between them. The anticipation of wanting to know how these two stories would intertwine made me excited to continue reading. Ira’s story technically takes place over a short time, but his reminiscing takes place over a longer time period of close to 70 years. Sophia and Luke’s story pretty much takes place over a year’s time from start to finish.
I really liked Ira’s character and how he treasured all the time he had spent with his wife, Ruth. This story was heart-breaking at times. I loved how he and his wife supported each other during their lives before and when they were together. Although it’s hard to tell if this is how Ruth really was or if it’s just his “impression” of her since Ruth had already passed away at the time.
I actually didn’t care too much for Sophia and Luke, I felt that they were just a part of the book to fulfill Ira’s destiny in someway, and I kept waiting for that moment. The story did have some type of insta-love although it did not happen for both characters.
I enjoyed the story telling a lot. I think the simplicity of the story was what was really the best thing about it. Neither of these couples really had an extraordinary life. They’re just normal people like the rest of us, trying to make their way through their lives. And even so, it managed to get me thinking about the bigger things in life. Reading the story made me appreciate certain things in my life but also made me realise that I need to do more now that I am young, rather than waiting for the “right” time.
About the Author:
Nicholas Sparks is the author of many stories turned movies including the much loved “The Notebook”. Other notable stories include Dear John, A Walk to Remember, The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, and The Best of Me.