I’m pretty excited about my co-host this month! Jennifer from Innerworkings of the Female Mind and I are also in the middle of planning our first ever blogger meet and greet which will take place in Seattle the end of March.
My name is Jennifer and I blog over at Innerworkings of the Female Mind. You could say that it’s a lifestyle blog. I love to read, play soccer and hang out with my husband. We are fur-parents to a two-year old goldendoodle named Stella. I’m excited to co-host this month’s book with Kelly. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and BlogLovin’.
Some of you might already know that this book is being made into a movie this year starting the oh so yummy Scott Eastwood! Jennifer and I thought it would be fun to read this before the movie comes out.
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.
THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
We will post our reviews on Friday, February 27th using 3-5 of the questions below.
- Sofia and Luke come from very different worlds. What do you think draws them to each other? Do you think opposites attract?
- When Ira has his accident, he is visited by his dead wife, Ruth. Have you ever felt the presence of a departed loved one?
- After the rodeo, Brian is confrontational with Sofia, and Luke comes to her rescue. How would you react in a similar situation?
- At first, Ira is very shy around Ruth. How does she draw him out of his shell? What are the major differences between romances in the 1940s and the present?
- Ira decides to enlist in the air force during Wold War II, and returns unable to have children. Because of this, he decides to break off his engagement with Ruth. How does this affect Ruth and Ira’s relationship? Would you have made the same decision?
- In the beginning, Marcia believes that Luke is just a rebound relationship for Sofia. Do you think they are moving too fast?
- The relationship between Luke and his mother, Linda, is very close. How does she react to him putting himself in danger and why? How would you react if someone close to you was taking these kinds of big risks?
- Ruth and Ira think you’ve found a surrogate song and Daniel. How would you describe Ruth and Daniel’s relationship? Can you understand why Daniel never reconnects with Ruth and Ira?
- Ira tells the reporter that he and Ruth chose their art based on Ruth’s preferences. Why does the art collection hold so much significance for Ira after Ruth dies? Are there any objects that hold special memories for you?
- Luke claims he needs to keep competing to save the ranch, but Sofia thinks he has other reasons. Can you understand both positions?
- Why do you think Luke needs to go up against Big Ugly Critter one last time before he quits? Have you ever done something dangerous or ill-advised to prove something to yourself?
- What drives Luke and Sofia to visit Ira in the hospital? Do you see similarities between Ira and Ruth’s love story and Luke and Sofia’s?
- Sofia decides to forgive Marcia for dating Brain behind her back. Could you have forgiven Marcia so easily? What does this say about Sofia as a character? Do you think friendships can survive betrayals of this kind?
- Ira makes the auction of his art collection his final love letter to Ruth. What does his decision say about the importance of sentimental value and monetary value? Did this book make you think differently about your own life and the things you value?
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