When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, Adrienne Willis is thrust into a devastating midlife crisis. Suddenly abandoned at 45, she reels without purpose. Lacking any clear plan, she accepts a friend's invitation and flees for a weekend to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina. Located near the northern tip of Hatteras Island, this Outer Banks retreat seems well suited to be a quiet respite, but a brutal storm destroys any sense of sanctuary. Adrienne's stranding is complicated and relieved by the presence of Paul Flanner, a 54-year-old physician with his own shattered past.
Nicholas Sparks is my absolute favorite author and I have yet to read a book by him that I did not like. While I did see the movie before reading Nights in Rodanthe, I believe the book is much better. Adrienne and Paul are astonishingly real and it's not hard to relate to their plights, no matter your age. I would recommend this book to all those hopeless romantics out there, but also to anyone in need of a good cry.