Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t read many books by Nicholas Sparks. Not that I don’t like them. No. In fact, I read the Notebook right after it was published and loved it. Since then, I’ve started and stopped many of his other stories; but none have really grabbed and held my attention. Until this one.
Nights in Rodanthe is an excellent story that left me thinking about it long after I’d finished the final page. I can honestly say I’m glad I picked this book up at the store (another one of those I hadn’t intended to buy – but couldn’t make myself put down after reading the back cover).
Mr. Sparks did a terrific job of setting the tone with the opening chapter. He introduces us to Adrienne as she deals with her daughter and her daughter’s inability to cope with the death of her husband. In an attempt to help her cope, Adrienne decides it’s time to tell Amanda her story about love and loss; which leads into the love story the book is based upon.
The meeting and subsequent romance for Adrienne and Paul was refreshing and passionate. I was rooting for them throughout the whole story. Although I had anticipated the ending, I was both sad and satisfied. I was relieved that the pain Adrienne had to deal with ended up helping Amanda through a very rough time. That at least helped counteract the sadness I felt at Adrienne’s loss.