Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nights in Rodanthe

Nights in Rodanthe
By Nicholas Sparks
(Author's Website)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: 2003
(Reissued: August 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0-446-61270-8
222 pages

Page 117: All he knew for sure was that he was beginning to fall for a woman named Adrienne, who was watching the Inn for a friend in a tiny coastal town in North Carolina.

WARNING: Do not read this in public. Please also get ready with a box of tissues because Nights in Rodanthe is a tear jerker. It made me cry so much toward the middle and the end of the story.

Adrienne Willis, a 60-year-old divorced woman and a mother of three grown children, retells her storya flashback of love and redemption, loss and griefout of concern for her widowed daughter who is undergoing depression after the death of her husband. This is a story that has resided in the deepest corner of her heart for 15 years: Two middle-aged people met by chance in the small North Carolina coastal town of Rodanthe. Adrienne's ex-husband had left her for a younger woman and to escape her despair, she loses herself into raising her children. She goes to Rodanthe to help her friend, Jean, to take care of her inn. There, Adrienne meets with Paul Flanner. After his wife left him and a patient died after his surgery, he sells his medical practice and tries to make amends to his past.

Despite the story being predictable and a little unbelievable, in that two persons falling in love in just two days and experience life-changing moments, this book is still readable. I must admit I bought it because of the cover. A movie by the same title was released by Warner Brothers on September 26, 2008.