Book Review: Nights in Rodanthe

by Kariopes


Title: Nights in Rodanthe

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Published: August 1st 2004

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes a tender story of hope and joy; of sacrifice and forgiveness — a moving reminder that love is possible at any age, at any time, and often comes when we least expect it. 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 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 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.


I really like the way Nicholas Sparks starts his stories, with its simplistic ways that makes you seem a part of it. What would you do to save your child from spiraling out of living life to its fullest?

In this novel, Adrianne opens-up a secret of finding true love again to her daughter Amanda, who is lost due to the untimely death of her husband. Adrianne spills every detail from the moment she has met Paul Flanner, to their long distance relationship, and finally to his accidental death in Ecuador. She talks about her deep feelings for Paul and how her meeting him has brought life back to her everyday activity, allowing her to move past her divorce with Jack. All, so that Amanda understands that life still goes on.

Character wise, I like the growth that takes place in Adrianne and Paul, their acceptance of each of their failed marriage and the healing that they have found in each other. Even though the love affair starts off pretty fast between the two, as in a weekend, the comfort and intimate easy conversation of sharing their life stories is really stirring. I know a weekend of finding love, is a bit far out, but it does happen to a lucky few. And so even with the insta-love going on, I just want to say that, I still enjoyed their story. I love how it is written, how the author uses flashback to bring the story to life. I like the emotions that it imparts; love, hope and heartache. It is a moving and touching love story you don’t want to miss.

In the end, Nicholas Sparks has created a rare and sweet love story in the Nights in Rodanthe. It is a poignant love story of finding that one person who’ll make your heart love again. This is my second book by this author, and I find his books a breath of fresh air. With all these, I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.

Favorite Quotes:

Her past was played out; there was nothing she could do about that, but the future was still up for grabs, and she didn’t want to live the rest of her life feeling the way she had… (133)

…but this weekend… It’s like something I didn’t know existed. I mean, it’s been a dream. You’ve been a dream. (139)

I don’t know how or why it happened, but I think I was meant to come here… To meet you. For many years, I’ve been missing something in my life, but I didn’t know what it was. And now I do. (164)