Nights in Rodanthe Author:Nicholas Sparks At 45, Adrienne Willis must rethink her entire life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache and in search of a respite, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. But when a major storm starts moving in, it appears that Adrienne's perfect getaway w... more »ill be ruined-until a guest naed Paul Flanner arrives. At 54, Paul has just sold his medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past. Now, with the storm closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort-and in one weekend, set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.« less
I guess I'm the only person who wasn't impressed with this book. I found it too much a derivative of Bridges of Madison County. I also can't suspend disbelief enough to believe in mature people being stupid enough to "fall in love" in two days. In two days, you can only fall in love with an image since you have to know someone to really fall in love with them. I thought the author "told" the story instead of showing and making me feel the emotions of the characters. I found the relationship of the two main characters much less interesting than any of the other relationships in the book. All in all, it did not knock my socks off... or even loosen a shoelace.
The first Sparks book that I read was A walk to remember. I read that my freshman year in highschool, then never really thought about reading any of his other works. Then one day while on vacation with some family I stumbled across a discount book store. We were in there forever, and I happened across a hardback copy of this and remembered reading A walk to remember all those years ago. So I bought it on a whim, and am I ever glad that I did. This one and A Bend in the road have become two of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books. I am a guy so I don't read much romance, but his books draw you in and make you connect with the characters, without being to sappy or cheesy or smutty like those women's romance books they basically stamp out on a conveyor belt. I encourage anyone who has not read it or any Nicholas Sparks book to give this one a try. It's short and engrossing and rather enjoyable.
Wow! What a great story! I made the mistake of seeing the movie first........don't waste your money or time. Movie was very shallow and way too predictable. So I decided to read the book and was I glad. The story moves quickly (an easy one-day read) but keeps you wanting more. The depth of Adrienne and Paul's love was so intense, you could only feel it if you've experienced that love yourself. And if you haven't, readers, go out and find that love! You deserve it.
Well, this one didn't make me totally cry (eyes welled up a bit, but I kept the tears from falling), but it certainly did make my heart ache! Nicholas Sparks really knows how to tug at those heart strings! It is a quick read and even though you could figure out the ending within the first few chapters, Sparks still makes you wonder how exactly it would get there. It is a love story about two people, Paul and Adrienne, who meet at a bed and breakfast (the only guests for a long weekend during a storm). Neither of them knew what was missing in their lives until they found each other. All in all, it was a beautiful story.
Treacly, unrealistic, over the top romance -- typical Sparks stuff. His fans will love it. The rest of us will risk permanent injury from the eye-rolling at the unlikely, idealized tale of two lonely people turning their lives around in just a few days, only to spend the rest of their lives (long for her, short for him) pining away for each other.
Can Nicholas Sparks write a bad story? Nope.
So full of depth, meaning, new discoveries and change. Even when change brings pain, there is great hope in knowing that life touches deeply and we responded in kind. Happy reading.