1. Two emotionally-impaired people connect at a Bed & Breakfast on a beach in Rodanthe 2. That's about it
Not even the ever-gorgeous Richard Gere or the reliable Diane Lane can make this sappy romance story a winner. Add Academy Award nominee Viola Davis and Emmy nominee Christopher Meloni, and you still don't have anything to write home about. Too bad.
Gere plays Dr. Paul Flanner, a gruff surgeon who put his career above everything else. Lane plays Adrienne Willis, a mother of two estranged from her husband (Meloni). As luck would have it, the same day she agrees to hotel-sit for her best friend Jean (Davis), her husband decides that it's time to mend fences.
Off to Rodanthe she goes, to discover that there's only one guest arriving, and you can easily guess who that is. Dr. Flanner is actually in Rodanthe on business, and has plans for a long trip afterwards. The plot also takes a trip around this point.
This bittersweet Harlequin-type romance may have you reaching for a hanky from time to time, but that's due to the performance of the stars rather than the plot. Recommended for softies, fans of the delectable Gere, and incurable romantics.
Dr. Paul Flanner: We all make choices, Adrienne. You chose that life, you chose that man. Do you even remember who you really are anymore?
Nights in Rodanthe lacks the punch and power of some of Sparks earlier novels. It's a short novel, but it would probably have worked better as short story or novella. There are some powerful, well-written scenes throughout, but they get lost a little in the telling. The end is especially powerful. Overall a thumbs up for this story of love and loss by Sparks.
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