Hello and welcome from London. And in keeping with the onset of autumn, you know, where the nights are longer and you may soon need an extra log on the fire (certainly here in England), I have got something for you romance fiction lovers.
Nicholas Sparks is a famous American romance fiction writer who has many successes to his name. Several of his books have been adapted for film, which for any writer is a dream come true.
Nights in Rodanthe is a nice find. Meet the divorced mother of three Adrienne Willis and the divorced surgeon father of one, Paul Flanner. The thing is, with romance fiction you know from the get-go there has to a romance, right! So, it’s the writers job to fulfil that expectation and to do so, convincingly. So when Adrienne agrees to look after her friend Jean’s beach front guesthouse/motel in Rodanthe, north Carolina, it turns out that Paul Flanner is her only guest.
Before long, sparks start to fly between them, but both are cautious to do anything about it. Nights in Rodanthe (nice title by the way) is not your typical romance because on this occasion the boy meets girl scenario are grown adults both with uncomfortable and shattered pasts. Please see my link to the movie review: Nights in Rodanthe – Nicholas Sparks Book/Film Review
Can I just say I really enjoyed the feel of the book because it had a strong sense of location and atmosphere. Although you know, as the reader, Adrienne and Paul are destined for each other, the atmosphere and location give it more texture and at times I felt I was right there with those two characters. Then again, the author Nicholas Sparks has years of experience and his skill is clearly demonstrated with Nights in Rodanthe.
So the attraction between the two protagonists is unstoppable and as they prepare for a huge storm that is threatening the coastal town you can’t help but wonder if the storm that is brewing also refers to the deeply powerful feelings that are emerging between them. And who says romance is dead!
But like all good fiction there is always conflict and Nights in Rodanthe is no exception. Paul Flanner is actually being sued for a fatality after a routine surgery. And that’s why he was in Rodanthe. Adrienne on the other hand was having some troubles with her daughter.
I found the novel very reflective and a lot of the plot was revealed as Adrienne explained everything to her daughter, Amanda. It reminded me of Bridges of Madison County, yes that film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Again, the story is revealed through a series of revealing letters. It’s a nice style.
So, if you liked The Bridges of Madison County, then you will love Nights in Rodanthe. It’s also similar in that the protagonists meet and fall in love in a matter of days! Very intense stuff.
Finally, if you want to find out how it all ends you will have the read the book. You are going to be in for a surprise.
Until next time,
Happy reading, S