"Nights in Rodanthe" by Nicolas Sparks focuses on Adrienne Willis, a divorced mother of three, and the story she tells her widowed daughter Amanda. Also a mother of three, Amanda suffers from depression, and Adrienne hopes her story of meeting and falling in love with Paul Flanner in 1988 helps Amanda cope.
After Adrienne's husband leaves her for a younger woman, Adrienne decides to help a friend out by taking care of a small coastal inn in Rodanthe, North Carolina. As soon as she arrives at the inn, a major storm arrives. While there, she meets a successful surgeon, Paul Flanner.
Paul has had a difficult life as well, having divorced his wife and enduring the loss of a patient. He comes to the inn to seek some solitude and hopes to fix his damaged life. He and Adrienne are the only ones at the inn during the storm.
The two fall in love and are compassionate towards one another, having somewhat similar stories. After a few days of passion, both realize that they soon must return to their normal lives. Paul plans on joining his son's practice in Ecuador. While they continue their love affair through letters, Paul eventually dies in Ecuador, ending any chance they might have had to renew their relationship.