Waiting On Wednesday … (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine. This event highlights the upcoming books that we’re eagerly anticipating.

For the fans of Nicholas Sparks books, here’s the new book that for sure we’ll all love it!

The Longest RideExpected publication: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing


Author: Nicholas Sparks

 

Ira Levinson is in
trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world,
he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash.
Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a
blurry image materializes and comes into focus 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 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. 

Nicholas SparksAs a child, Nicholas Sparks lived
in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally
settling
in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a
professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist’s assistant. He
lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984,
and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

After
breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985
as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent
the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel,
though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and
graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine,
who met on spring break in 1988, were married in July, 1989. While
living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel that same year, though
again, it wasn’t published. He worked a variety of jobs over the next
three years, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling
dental products by phone, and started his own small manufacturing
business which struggled from the beginning. In 1990, he collaborated on
a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist and it was published
by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House. (It
was recently re-issued by Hay House Books.) Though it received scant
publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release.

He
began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to
North Carolina in 1992. In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook
over a period of six months. In October, 1995, rights to The Notebook
were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October, 1996, and he
followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember
(1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), and Nights in
Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks
with my Brother (2004), True Believer (2005) and At First Sight (2005)
all with Warner Books. All were domestic and international best sellers
and were translated into more than 35 languages. The movie version of
Message in a Bottle was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember was
released in 2002, and The Notebook was released in 2004. The average
domestic box office gross per film was $56 million — with another $100
million in DVD sales — making the novels by Nicholas Sparks one of the
most successful franchises in Hollywood.

The film rights to
Nights in Rodanthe, True Believer and At First Sight have been sold, and
Nicholas Sparks has written the screenplay for The Guardian, though he
has not offered it for sale at this point.

He now has five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

His
ancestry is German, Czech, English, and Irish, he’s 5’10” and weighs
180 lbs. He is an avid athlete who runs daily, lifts weights regularly,
and competes in Tae Kwon Do. He attends church regularly and reads
approximately 125 books a year. He contributes to a variety of local and
national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing
Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides
scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually.

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