“The greater the love, the greater the tragedy when it’s over.”– Nichols Sparks
Struggling to care for her sick father and raise her teenage children alone, a divorced mother spends the weekend at a North Carolina inn, only to meet a former surgeon running from his past.
Adrienne Willis is 45 and has been divorced for three years, abandoned by her husband for a younger woman. The trials of raising her teenage children and caring for her sick father have worn her down, but at the request of a friend and in hopes of respite, she’s gone to the coastal village of Rodanthe in North Carolina to tend the local inn for the weekend. With a major storm brewing, the time away doesn’t look promising…until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives.
At 54, Paul is a successful surgeon, but in the previous six months his life has unraveled into something he doesn’t recognize. Estranged from his son and recently divorced, he’s sold his practice and his home and has journeyed to this isolated town in hopes of closing a painful chapter in his past. Adrienne and Paul come together as the storm brews over Rodanthe, but what begins between them over the weekend will resonate throughout the rest of their lives, intertwining past and future, love and loss.
This was my first Nicholas Sparks book, and I really enjoyed it. It’s was definitely a typical Nicholas Sparks novel as a romantic tragedy!
I like to refer to him as a modern day Shakespeare. Star crosse lovers? One must die, or lose their memory, or move far away, how about fall in love with someone else?!
I felt that there was a lot of back and forth between past and present, along with a bit too much reminiscing.
It would get so close to telling the reader about what happened to Paul, then all the sudden there would be a huge monologue of Adrienne going on about her feelings and what happen in the past.
Maybe I’m just too impatient, but I just wanted to finally figure out why Paul had never came back.
I did like the romance and the fact that both Paul and Adrienne had been through a lot of relationship turmoil, with cheating and divorce, but came out as better people in the end. Although Adrienne was sad and in emotional pain, she was strong and never once let her kids see it or notice.
I think this book does show that our past can make us bitter or better, but ultimately that decision is up to us.