Nights in Rodanthe Hardcover – Sep 17 2002
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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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Although I couldn't give it more than two stars because of the simplistic writing quality, there were some interesting aspects of the storyline (a lawsuit over a patient's death, and Paul's estranged son living in South America.) Adrienne faced challenges with her father's health, but it seemed distant and disconnected. The descriptions were predictable and pedestrian (white eye brows like tufts of cotton) while the character traits were extreme. Of-course, Paul was a straight "A" student, a surgeon, a runner, handsome and a career-driven fool who tried to make amends with his son - pat on the back Paul.
The movie, which I watched as I was on the last chapter, is nice to look at. The beach Inn is SPECTACULAR (again, an extreme, but it works for the movie). There were some smart plot changes by the screen writer and director including a bit more inclusion of friend Jean played by the talented Viola Davis. Richard Gere as Paul and Diane Lane as Adrienne were also good choices. Their chemistry made it a bit more believable (a bit.) In this case, I recommend the movie over the book, although for a short read, you may be able to bear it without gagging too much. I preferred reading "Safe Haven," by Sparks.
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.
After years of marriage Adrienne Willis's husband leaves her for another woman and with the biggest share of taking care of their three children. She is devastated. To get away for a while and make some extra money, she takes care of a Bed and Breakfast Inn for a friend of hers for a few days. The only guest staying is a doctor who has sold his medical practice and is going to Ecuador to work with his son and try to make amends for years he neglected his son. Of course, they are drawn to each other and fall in love. They both feel it is important that he goes to Ecuador to make amends. He will be gone for a year and they will have their letters to each other to get better acquainted.
Fifteen years later, Adrienne is sixty and still single, but now it is her daughter who is devastated because of the death her young husband to cancer. Amanda is having such a hard time coping with her loss that her children are not getting the attention and care that they need and Adrienne feels she needs to step in and help. She asks her daughter to come over for a talk, hoping that by telling her story that it will help Amanda to realize what she is doing.
There weren't any big climatic surprises but it was an enjoyable, if somewhat a sad story.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent story. Kept me wanting to keep reading to see what occurred next.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
He puts you in the story. I cried at the ending for the loss of a real person not fictional character.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
as always Mr Sparks catches your interest in the beginning of his book, and holds it right to the endPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't even know this movie existed until I started my obsession with Nicholas Sparks movies and books a few years ago with the Lucky One. Another great N.S. movie!Published 21 months ago by Col Wichers
I ordered this book as I had just seen the movie on television with Richard Gere and Diane Lane and I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2013 by janccd
tres beau ressemble au film mais plus de détail et un peu triste mais tres tres beauPublished on July 8 2010 by Thelma Losier