Nights in Rodanthe is a novel by American writer, Nicholas Sparks. Set in Rodanthe, North Carolina, the story follows the romance of a divorced mother, Adrienne Willis, and a divorced father and surgeon, Paul Flanner. The novel's two main protagonists meet in an inn in Rodanthe and fall in love; however, fate falls upon them when they realize that leaving Rodanthe would mean going back to their separate lives. Sparks based parts of his story on his own life's events, most specially those of his courtship to his future-wife, Cathy Cote. Themes of love and sacrifice are incorporated in the novel. Nights in Rodanthe was adapted in a 2008 film of the same name.