Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing, Hatchett Book Group, USA
Paperback, 222 pages
At a time when Adrienne had given up hope for happiness, she found what she wasn't looking for in a beach house in Rodanthe. Divorced and raising three teenagers on her own, Adrienne takes a weekend away to housesit a friend's bed and breakfast. There is only one guest scheduled that weekend. The one guest who will change her life.
Paul had lost or given up all. Recently divorced; estranged from his son, a doctor volunteering in Ecuador; Paul closed up his practice to begin a new journey that he hoped would reunite himself and his son. He must first go to Rodanthe, at the request of a recent widower. He had booked a room at a bed and breakfast near the ocean. Little did he know he was embarking on a new course that would change him forever.
This was my second time reading Nights in Rodanthe. It is a story of hope, of love lost, of forgiveness and sacrifice, and true love. I cried, again. I didn't think I would, having read the book before, but it is so touching and heart wrenching and yet, so full of hope. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.
"Sparks knows how to tug at a reader's heartstrings." (Chicago Sun-Times).
The only thing that still nags at me is the brevity yet intensity of the relationship between Paul and Adrienne. Can one really truly fall in love over a weekend? Is it true love? This seemed too rushed for me. Perhaps it was the short time-table that they both knew they were faced with that sped up the process. Or perhaps it was the impending hurricane. At any rate, they fell in love. But that is just the beginning, or rather the middle of the story.
Rated 4/5 some sexual content and some language
**As part of the book challenge at Book Vixen this is my first Nicholas Sparks novel to be included in the challenge.**
Catch my movie review of Nights in Rodanthe here and here