Nicholas Sparks is the romance genius. He is able to create stories of people falling in love, like no author I have read a book from yet. He puts so much emotion and feeling into the pages, that after one of his books, reading another romance seems boring.
Having read almost all of his books, I decided to finish all the ones I haven’t read, and when I suddenly encountered this one in the library, I told myself – ‘’Hey, why not?’’
The synopsis was intriguing, as all of his books are, but unlike the others, Nights in Rodanthe left me disappointed. With his books – this was the first time I ever felt like that. And that is why I need to mention this.
First of all, the story is very predictable. Too predictable – even. I knew what was going to happen from the very first chapters, and I was expecting at least a little bit of a plot twist, but nothing really happened.
Secondly, the romance was fake. The falling in love part? I didn’t see it. I just can’t imagine people falling in love in three days. I am sorry – but it is impossible. Crush, interest, lust, someone paying attention to you, and you feeling goosebumps – I can understand it all. But in three days, I can’t imagine anyone falling so deeply for one another, that you can’t look at another person ever again, and they are all you think about, all day.
Honestly – how well can you get to know a person in three days? Will you get to know the real person? When you’ve never seen them sad, angry, how they behave in company, how they behave when drunk, when upset, when they are doing daily chores, like going at work (note – this all happened while they were sort-of on vacation).
I can remember how many summers I have spent going on vacation for ten days, and thinking I was in love with someone. I am sure you have gone through the same.
So, knowing all this above, I just couldn’t feel for these people as I used to feel with many from Sparks’s characters in other books. And don’t judge me, that this would be the sole reason why I rate this book the way I do. After all, it’s a romance novel.
On the other side though – it is an emotional novel. If you, for a moment forget how fast this romance happened and how unreal it is, the story is going to deeply hurt your soul, and crush you into pieces. Fake romance or not, you are going to shed a few tears for sure.
To wrap this up – I didn’t like it. I am not into fake, impossible romance. But this book seems to be a hit or miss, so if you like Nicholas Sparks – I still encourage you to read it. You never know, it might be your favourite book from him so far.
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19 thoughts on “Nights in Rodanthe – Nicholas Sparks [BOOK REVIEW]”
I felt exactly the same way with this one! I don’t think it’s one of his stronger creations.
I know Ruth. It feels like he was in a rush to write it. I can feel the deadline hanging in the pages…
I hope that your next read is more enjoyable. I have still not read anything by him. (that I can recall)
Thank you. You should give at least one of his books a go. Lovely romance ones. Not this one though 🙂
I don’t think I’ve ever actually read one of his books…
you should – they are nice. Not this one, but the others are good.
I’m not a fan of Nicholas Sparks. He’s a bit redundant.
totally agree with nicholas sparks being a hit or miss. Saw this movie when it seemed like all of his books were being made into movies.
Yes, and I think, if you read one or two books, you’ll have a good opinion, but after many books, they all seem the same to me.
It’s always a shame when an author you love lets you down but we can’t enjoy them all.
Gemma @ http://www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com
Fake romance is never good. Great review.
Maybe the author is overdoing it? I heard recently that his books are starting to get repetitive or sounding the same.. I haven’t read any of his so I can’t say anything..
Yes, I agree. I loved the first couple of them, but after a while, they all seem the same.
like DJ, I dont think i have ever read any of his books though have seen the movies:)
Great honest review I have a couple of Nicholas Sparks books but I have not read them yet. I think I got Haven which I really want to read soon because I absolutely love the film. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.
Thank you Kati!
This one has been on my list forever. I love everything I have read by Nicholas Sparks. Sorry it wasn’t a hit for you!