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Nights in Rodanthe

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  150,727 ratings  ·  4,478 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published August 2004 by Warner Books (first published 2002)
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Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
First off, I'd like to offer myself as exhibit A in the case against the hypothesis that carriers of the XY gene are love story averse. Though I must admit that partly the reason for my reading this novel is Diane Lane. What can I say? Shes really pretty.

With that said, I was a little, well... disappointed with this one. I've never read a Spark's novel before but enjoyed the silver screen version of The Notebook so I was expecting something a lil more I suppose. If I could use one word to descri
Aj the Ravenous Reader
I watched every movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novels but I never cared to actually read his novels which made me feel like I was cheating on this author. I thought it was kind of unfair that I benefit so much from his stories by merely watching the movie adaptations. So, when I saw my chance at retribution through a book sale, I automatically laid my eyes and hands on this book and yes I braced myself for the tears and the death common in Sparks' books which I indeed encountered in this b ...more
Aishu Rehman
Of all the books I've read of Nicholas Sparks, I've realized they all have twists. Twists you wouldn't think would happen in this story line. All of his books seem like they have all the same story line but like I said its a twist. You think you know what will happen but you're wrong. Keeps you on your toes. And never want to put them down.
Sep 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only to Sparks fan, and NO ONE ELSE!
Recommended to Michelle by: a fellow reader, who I will not drag into this
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Sep 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I am just a big Nicholas Sparks fan! I love the way he writes. This is just another great one of his that I loved as I was reading it and could not put it down. Can't wait for the movie!
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks fans - romance novel fans
Recommended to Krista by: Donna Patterson
What I learned from this book is merely a confirmation of something I already know because I have children - most parents willingly and without hesitation make tremendous sacrifices for their children. They will put aside their own wants and needs and sometimes personal happiness so that their children's lives go on uninterrupted and relatively normal. Usually the children are unaware of what they have been given.

An older mother shares with her grieving daughter a yet untold story to help her d
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Well shit, this book broke me. I cried so much while reading Nights in Rodanthe it isn't even funny. I don't even have any wine to help me cope with this book.. and I need to fix that situation ASAP.

I feel like I need to stop forgetting what Nicholas Sparks can do to my heart. Please stop torturing my heart sir!

Okay, so Nights in Rodanthe definitely made me cry and fall in love with Adrienne and Paul. God, their love was so real and unique. It was hard not falling in love with them. From the mom
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, z2015, overrated
This book left me feeling conflicted. A few years ago I probably would have loved this book and given it 5 stars. I used to be such a sap for anything (which explained my love of twilight) but now I'm more sensible.

I'll start with the positive things about this book. First of all, I liked the books message. Adrienne wanted her daughter to understand that even though she was grieving the loss of her husband, she had responsibilities to look after her children. My dad died when I was 15 and my mo
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: An accessible read to everyone, but especially women between ages 18 - 99
This book is a quick read (easily read in one sitting) with a great message driven home clearly, poetically and effectively.

While I understand that Nicholas Sparks gets glowing reviews about how touching and beautiful his sensitivity to romance is, what I actually found more remarkable about this book were the characters themselves. There were two main characters: A man and a woman. It was my experience that the man was the stronger of the two characters and the woman served as a witness to this
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tear-jerker
It's not a typical young adult romance. It's about a sudden, unexpected romance between two middle-aged people. Both of their life suddenly collapsed, both are divorced and alone. They met and fall in love. Adrienne who hides her past romance until her daughter being devastated after her husband's death. As she reveals the sudden romance she had with Paul, she made her daughter understand how life still goes on without the certain someone. Their short time romance made Adrienne strong. A reminde ...more
Jul 31, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like happy romance books
This book sucked. Sorry all you Sparks fans! Don't mean to offend, but I can't believe a retired high school English teacher recommended it to me. Maybe they thought I wanted something "light". It was very True Romance in my view and his characters were sappy and overly sentimental and sweet. Nicholas Sparks has a great following, maybe I'm just too old to like romance books anymore! After I finished it, not sure why I did, I felt guilty that I could have been cleaning my bathroom with the time ...more
Shawn the big poppa pump
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It had a touching ending when Paul's son came to see Adrienne telling her how much love Paul with her....that's a shame Paul dying to save his son from a bad accident....I thought it was a very good book and it touched my heart reading this book...
Mary Sue
Jan 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
What a waste of time. Read chapter one and you don't need to continue. This is so predictable and such an overworked concept. How did this guy get to be a best selling author?
Opening line: "Three years earlier, on a warm November morning Adrienne Willis had returned to the Inn and at first glance had thought it unchanged, as if the small inn were impervious to the sun and sand and salted mist."

Even in a book that's only 222 pages long Nicholas Sparks manages to weave his magic. Building a level of suspense as we await breathless to learn of Paul's fate. Reminisent of The Bridges of Madison County this is a quick, easy read but a great story nontheless.

The story begi
Feb 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
You know, I read The Notebook and didn't like it, but I thought I'd give Nicholas Sparks another try. I always hear people raving about his books. So, I am planning on watching Nights in Rodanthe with my mom, and I wanted to read the book first. Let me tell you: it is terrible. Sparks' writing is so damn cheesy. I guess I shouldn't say the book wasn't entertaining because it had me laughing out loud several times. I even read certain passages to my girlfriends so we could get a good laugh. Plus, ...more
Holly Boehmke
Feb 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
I don't know why I attempted another Sparks novel. I think my friend told me to read it and I had previously trusted her knowledge of literature...until she recommended Twilight...but I digress. One question: why are all of Nicholas Sparks' characters out of the ordinary and incredible people in one way or the other? They're flawless, perfect, super-beings from another realm. In other words, they're unrelatable. Seriously, the protagonist in this novel had this back story: grew up on a farm with ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Glad to finish.

I am so sorry to those who have read and loved this book but I did not because it is flat. I really wanted to like this book but I just don't feel I was brought into any serious connection with these characters at all. The only picture I have of them is from the movie and that in my opinion is not good. Having read several books that have been adapted for movies I just believe the book should have more detail after all it's words but no, not with this one. Don't get me wrong,
Adrienne Willis’ daughter has suffered the death of her husband, leaving her with two small sons to raise alone. Adrienne is concerned that her daughter’s grief is consuming her, leaving her sons adrift without their mother’s attention. Adrienne decides to share with her grieving daughter an experience that happened years before.

In a flashback to fifteen years earlier, Adrienne is raising her three children alone since her husband left her for a younger woman.

Dr. Paul Flanner was a highly sought
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story. I think I would have appreciated it more if I were married or older than I currently am. Still, it kept me interested and invested until I turned the last page. 3 stars for this one by one of my favorite authors. ❤️
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet again Nicholas Sparks makes me cry! Even though I could sense what was to come I still shed some tears for the way it is written, beautifully.
Malina Skrobosinski
This just happens to be my first Nicholas Sparks novel, but, while I wasn't overjoyed with it, it certainly won't be my last.

Okay, so how do I put this into perspective. Imagine you're on a diet. You order a salad, but unfortunately, you can't have those delicious buttery croutons that you love, and you opt for the fat-free dressing. The salad is good, but in the end, it's not as satisfying because you know something is missing. Well that's how I felt about this novel, it was good, but not exac
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A simple story that tells you how love strengths you and makes you a better person than you are. The story made me feel like crying at the end but it gave me strength too .
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Nights in Rodanthe is about love and loss. It's a small book really but heavy on emotion, tenderness, yearning, and love. In this book, Sparks takes us from the present, to the past and back to the present seamlessly. His story flows and tears that the heartstrings.

The book starts in the present day 8 months after Adrienne's daughter's husband has died from cancer and she (the daughter)is struggling after his death. Her grief is so much that at times she has trouble taking care of hers
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: book-club
Nicholas Sparks is such a wonderful story teller. I started this book last night at 3 AM when I couldn't sleep, and less than 24 hours later I was finished. I couldn't put it down!

The sweet, secret romance that took place between Adrienne and Paul was so romantic. Just about every woman dreams of the whirlwind romance that is portrayed in the novel.

That said, I felt this was more like a short-story than a novel. It was over too quickly, and I felt that there could have been more to the romance
As with most of the novels written by Nicholas Sparks, this was such a beautiful story of love, romance and tragedy.

This story is basically about Adrienne and Paul who meet one weekend. We follow them as we discover more and more of their backstory and following their relationship as they grow closer and closer together.

What I liked the most was that this was not one of those love stories that were based on 20-year old somethings. Adrienne and Paul are in their 40s. They have already lived a li
May 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
your parents may not always know what you are going though but they probably have been there so ask for advice and shut up and listen
Elise Reding
Dec 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
One star because I wasn't able to finish. I was recently told one way to read more in 2015 is to not force yourself to finish a book you don't enjoy so I'm moving on!
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

I loved everything about this story except the insta-love. Had it not had that it would have been 4 1/2-5 stars.
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