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Nights in Rodanthe [Hardcover]

Nicholas Sparks
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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Sept. 17 2002
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 will 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.

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From Publishers Weekly

Sparks (A Bend in the Road, etc.) logs more miles on the winding high road of romance with the story of two middle-aged people who meet by chance in the small North Carolina coastal town of Rodanthe. The impassioned but doomed romance seems to owe much to Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County. Once again, a housewife who has focused on everyone but herself indulges in a brief, intense, secret affair with a stranger who changes her life forever. As the story begins, Adrienne Willis is 60, the divorced mother of three grown children. To help her troubled daughter cope with the untimely recent death of her husband, Adrienne tells her the tale of her love affair, which took place 15 years before. At the time, Adrienne was an uptight matron whose ex-husband had just left her for a younger woman. This rejection colors her entire life, and Sparks realistically portrays a vulnerable and isolated woman who throws herself into raising her children to escape her despair. Paul Flanner, her paramour, is a surgeon and an obsessive workaholic with no genuine connection to his wife or son, whose world completely falls apart when one of his patients inexplicably dies. Sparks builds a taut, plausible relationship between his protagonists, but even fans may be irked by the obviousness of their story and the inevitability of their fate.
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Sparks, popular author of several romantically themed best-sellers, including Message in a Bottle (1998), is back at it with his latest mix of love story and pathos. He doesn't disappoint, whipping up plenty of melodrama in the story of two shattered people, both badly scarred by past experiences, who find each other late in life and realize they are soul mates. Adrienne Willis is a 45-year-old mother of three whose husband recently abandoned her for a younger woman. When she visits the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, seeking a bit of respite from her problems, she meets Paul Flanner, a 54-year-old doctor who has sold his thriving medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own tortured past. Despite their short courtship, the two find themselves falling madly and passionately in love and vow to spend their lives together. Unfortunately, Paul needs to make amends with the son he has long neglected and so embarks on an ill-fated trip, which leads to heartbreak. Sparks has a very solid fan base, and they will be clamoring for his latest. Kathleen Hughes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Aug. 13 2008
By A. Gies
This was an incredible read. I read it all in one day at my cottage. This book kept me captivated right from the start and continually had me wanting more. Sparks is an incredible writer. This is my 4th Nicolas Sparks novel and I will continue to be a fan of his and continue reading his books. Nights in Rodanthe allows you to believe that love is possible at any age. That when you least expect it, love can come your way and can make you remember one weekend for the rest of your life. There is no time limit on when you are to fall in love. This book makes you realize it is possible to fall in love in one weekend and to hold on to those feelings for a lifetime. I recommend this novel to anyone. Whether you are looking for an amazing read or a reason to want to fall in love, read this novel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story and a nice read! Oct. 23 2013
By janccd TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I ordered this book as I had just seen the movie on television with Richard Gere and Diane Lane and I really enjoyed it. Since the book was the basis of the movie and written by Nicholas Sparks, I wanted to read the book as there's usually even more to the story or variations between a book and it's movie. I am enjoying reading the story and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a nice story with a little romance involved. I like to read before going to sleep at night and this book s perfect for that!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Quick, Satisfying Love Story Feb. 25 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Even in a book that's only 222 pages long Nicholas Sparks manages to weave his magic. Building a level of suspense as we await breathless to learn of Paul's fate. Reminisent of Bridges Of Madison County this is a quick, easy read but a great story nontheless.

The story begins with Adrienne telling her widowed daughter the tale of her brief love affair fourteen years earlier with a surgeon named Paul. We then alternate between Paul and Adrienne's points of view as we learn the story of their lives and what brought them each to divorce before they found themselves at the inn in Rodanthe.

With a violent storm brewing our protagonists share a walk on the beach and two meals together,then fall hopelessly in love. (this did feel a little rushed to me but whatever it's Nicholas Sparks we all know where he's going) After five blissful days together Paul leaves Rodanthe to join his son at the medical clinic in Ecuador. Promising to return to Adrienne at Christmas so they can have their HEA but...well it's Nicholas Sparks isn't it.

This is a quick, smooth read with well developed characters and the typical tugging of the heartstrings we have all come to expect from N.S.

Recommended for an afternoon at the beach or a short flight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tres beau et triste July 8 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
tres beau ressemble au film mais plus de détail et un peu triste mais tres tres beau
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and quick read July 20 2004
This is not my favorite Sparks book, but it was still very enjoyable. It was a quick read (even for a slow reader like me!) and very difficult to put down. As with other Sparks books, you'll feel tugs at your heartstrings. This is a good book to read to escape the chaos of life and be part of a good love story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written May 23 2004
Sparks is a very good writter. And this book is well written and short. But so far it has been my least favorite of all his books. With this, his latest love story, he tells us the story of two shattered people. Both sadly scarred by past experiences. Who find each other late in life and realize they are soul mates.
The story takes place in a small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina where Adrienne Willis is tending to a friends Inn as she re-thinks her life. Her husband had left her three years earlier for a younger woman. And the Inn's only guest, Paul Flanner who has just sold his medical practice and has come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past.
This meeting of the two takes place within the midst of major storm. Which brings these two people closer toegther. And we share their weekend together. A weekend that will change them. As well as affect the rest of their lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! May 20 2004
By A Customer
This is one of the best books I've read in a while (last one: "Girl With A Pearl Earring"). Actually I don't read as much as I should or want to, but since I have a "touch" of ADD, the storyline really has to grab my attention. And, this one did a good job. I told a friend of mine about it and I traded it for one she had just finished....."The Guardian". I had already bought "The Wedding", but since now I see that "The Notebook" is a prequel to that, I'll go ahead and read "The Guardian" before I start "The Notebook". Whoa.....I'm all "sparked" out!! Another reason I liked "Nights" was that it was fun reading about familiar names, places, etc. since we lived in Raleigh, NC for 10 years and went to the beach a lot in the summertime. I think I've finally found an author who can hold my attention,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying and quick April 29 2004
By A Customer
This satisfying and quick read was just the thing for a rainy day. And be prepared to use more than one box of kleenex for this one--what a tear jerker it is! But aside from that, it is well written and the characters are some of the best to grace a written page. Granted, "Three Weeks" and "The Wedding" are my all-time favorite Nicholas Sparks novels, but this one is good too. Of the three books I've recently come across (and all were excellent--Birth of Venus, Bark of the Dogwood, and "Nights") this one was the best. I did like the other three, but I'm a big Sparks fan from way back and no one does it like him.
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