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.
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.
Great Book. This is the first book in a long time that I just couldn't put down. What magic this couple shared. Nicholas Sparks is such a great story teller. If you're looking for an easy read and enjoy love stories, you should pick this one up.
I generally do not read romance, and didn't realize at the time that this was one. I was engulfed from the beginning. I was wrapped up with the characters and what they were experiencing. I laughed, chuckled and hurt as the characters did. An amazing story.
Broken-hearted and reeling from such betrayal, Adrienne Willis must rethink the entire course of her life after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. Now, at age forty-five, Adrienne has been divorced for three years, and is simply worn down by life. The trials of raising her teenage children alone and caring for her terminally ill father have ultimately left Adrienne completely exhausted and severely emotionally depleted.
At the request of a friend, and seeking respite and self-rejuvenation, she has come to Rodanthe - a coastal village in North Carolina - to tend the local inn for the weekend. What seems to Adrienne like a perfectly restful plan at first, is threatened by the news of a major brewing storm. Her time away doesn't seem too promising...until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives.
At fifty-four, Paul is a successful surgeon, but in the past six months his life has unraveled into something that he doesn't even recognize. Estranged from his son and recently divorced, he has sold his practice and his home and has journeyed to this isolated town with hopes of closing a painful chapter in his past. Inevitably, Adrienne and Paul come together as the storm sweeps over Rodanthe and two battered and bruised hearts find a home with each other. Something begins between them during that single weekend; a bond that will resonate with them for the rest of their lives, intertwining past and future, love and loss.
In my opinion, this was a surprisingly good book; I really, really enjoyed the story. I don't usually like reading anything that is overtly romantic, but to me, this was a true love story and not just a 'romance-for-the-sake-of romance' plot. The story was well-written, touching and poignant, and I enjoyed it immensely. I know that I have at least one more book by Nicholas Sparks sitting on my bookshelf, and I think Mareena has at least two or three books by this author that she says she'll lend me to read as well. I give this book an A+!
At forty-five, 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 samll 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 will be ruined--until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At fifty-four, 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.
Reeling from heartache after her husband abandons her for a younger woman, Adrienne Willis flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, NC to tend a friend's inn. Here she meets Paul who is trying to start his life over, they fall in love............
Adrienne Willis flees to the small town of Rodanthe, North Carolina to tend a friends bed and breakfast for the weekend. This is to help her recover from her husband abandoning her for a younger women.A major storm comes ashore and Adrienne and the B&B's only guest, Paul Flanner spend the weekend with each other. They help each other. Paul did things with his life he wished he could change. But maybe now he could do things with his rest of his life.
AT 45 ADRIENNE MUST RETHINK HER LIFE WHEN HER HUSBAND ABANDONS HER FOR A YOUNGER WOMAN. rEELING WITH HEARTACHE & IN SEARCH OF RESPITE, SHE FLEES TO A SMALL COASTAL TOWN 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 WILL BE RUINED ---UNTIL A GUEST NAMED PAUL ARRIVES. AT 54 PAUL HAS SOLD HIS MEDICAL PRACTICE AND COME TO ESCAPE HIS PAST. NOW WITH THE STORM CLOSEING IN TWO WOUNDED PEOPLE WILL TURN TO EACH OTHER FOR COMFORT AND IN ONE WEEKND SET IN MOTION FEELINGS THAT WILL RESONATE THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
I finished this book just a few minutes ago. Now that was a good book. There's something about novels like this that give you a fresh perspective on life and... love. It's always a wonderful feeling to be able to escape and fall into a world unknown and yet enjoy every bit of it. It was such a good story. I highly recommend that you read this book. I would tell you what it's about, but I rather not ruin it. It sounds almost like a fairy-tale, but real. As good as it sounds, it just feels like something that could happen to anyone, except for the "watching the Inn" part. Yeah, I don't know many people with one, so that would hinder my story being written the same way. LOL! It was good book, really it was. I fell in love with it and if you read it, I hope you do as well.