"Love is the essence of a full and wonderful life."
This is the crux of the moving and poignant tale of Adrienne and Paul in Nights in Rodanthe who find love late in their lives during a long weekend in Rodanthe.
'She had fallen in love with a stranger in the course of a weekend..'
Adrienne is forty five and mother of three. Her husband left her for a younger woman and ever since life has not been the same for her. Though she smiles and diligently looks after her children, she is not happy and has lost her confidence and enthusiasm.
Paul, on the other hand, is a fifty four year old famous surgeon who sells his well-established practice, his house and practically everything he owns after his wife divorces him and his son wants to keep no relation with him.
Both Paul and Adrienne meet at an Inn in Rodanthe where Adrienne is substituting for her friend and Paul is a guest. As the storm approaches and they are secluded from the world, these two lost and damaged souls find solace in each other’s company
'..though he had met her only the day before, he sensed that somehow she already knew him better than most people did.
Or maybe, he thought, better than anyone.'
eventually falling in love.
'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.'
But there are some things that Paul needs to do before they can live together forever and leaves Adrienne with the promise of meeting her on Christmas in a year's time.
Will there love stand the test of time?
Will Paul return to Adrienne?
Will they have their happily ever after?
Nicholas Sparks weaves magic in this book. There is drama, heartfelt feelings that tug at your heartstrings and leave you with myriad of emotions. I was able to feel myself as one with both Adrienne and Paul and could feel all their sorrows, regrets, happiness, joy and finally their acceptance of their lives.
I felt my heart breaking, felt it beat faster in anticipation and skip a beat all in the course of the story. I cried and felt angry at the injustice of life and also laughed and wiped happy tears from my eyes feeling a sense of contentment. Sparks knows how to put emotions from the farthest corners of our heart into potent words where each word creates a dynamic picture. His books are not just stories but lessons to be learnt showing his deep understanding of human nature and life as a whole.
He uses some very creative comparisons to bring more color to his descriptions of the surroundings like
‘There was a deep haze over the water, and the skies were gunmetal gray. Cumulus clouds raced along, rolling parallel with the shore.’, ‘Tendrils of mist lingered in dawn and moved in ghostly procession from one small home to the next.’, ‘A long, streaking lightning bolt connected sea to sky, and thunder echoed as if two cars had collided on the highway. The wind gusted, bending the limbs of trees in a single direction. Rain blew sideways, as if trying to defy gravity.’
Similarly the character sketches are very impressive and Sparks has succeeded in creating an image of the character in the minds of the reader like the character sketch of Robert Torrelson whose wife dies after the surgery done by Paul and who blames Paul for her death.
‘Robert Torrelson was sixty-seven but looked ten years older. His face was weathered and stained, and his body was slowly losing the battle with time. There was a scar that ran from his left eye to his ear. His hands ached with arthritis, and the ring finger on his right hand was missing from the time he’d got it caught in a winch while dragging in the nets.But Jill hadn’t cared about any of those things.’
Like all Sparks' books, this is also expertly planned and executed. The characters are ordinary people who face the normal emotions faced by each one of us at one or the other time but still there story is special!
Though the events are basic and maybe we all connect with them but still they are unique in their own way. An ordinary and predictable story made extraordinary and special!!
This is the power in the writing of Nicholas Sparks. :)
A touching story of second chances, of love found and lost, and a story with memorable characters. This is a perfect getaway from our daily problems into a world filled with love and sincere emotions!!
A perfect 5 on 5 for Nights In Rodanthe and a strong recommendation not to miss it.
My suggestion to everyone, "Put on your buying gloves and go buy this book. Its not to be skipped." :)
"While I sleep, I dream of you, and when I wake, I long to hold you in my arms. If anything, our time apart has only made me more certain that I want to spend my nights by your side, and my days with your heart."
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