Nights in Rodanthe
September 17, 2002
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". . . follows a conventional storyline of doomed lovers."
". . . most interesting part . . . Rodanthe during one of the East Coast?s infamous Nor?easters . . ."
". . . overtones of his previous writings, but not as much magic."
Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel, Nights in Rodanthe, sadly follows a conventional storyline of doomed lovers. Set against the backdrop of the coastal town in North Carolina, Adrienne Willis and Paul Flanner are two middle-aged divorcees who meet and fall in love over the course of a stormy weekend. Unfortunately, the initial setup is intriguing, but quickly falls flat. The chemistry and passion between them is seldom convincing and the descriptions of their love and emotions are melodramatic. Instead of being wrapped up in a love story, one finds oneself wanting to get to the predictable ending.
True, Sparks’ book, being only slightly over 200 pages, cannot hope to develop full-bodied characters, but Adrienne and Paul, not to mention the secondary characters, are one-dimensional. The most interesting part of the book is the physical setting of Rodanthe during one of the East Coast’s infamous Nor’easters but it needs more to make this story appealing. Sparks seems to have found a formula for his books that works, and he’s sticking to it. Nights in Rodanthe has familiar overtones of his previous writings, but not as much magic.
Reviewer: Lesley Williams
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