September 23, 2002 12:00 PM

By Nicholas Sparks

Page-turner of the week

Ladies and gentlemen, start your tear ducts for the latest celluloid-ready weeper from Nicholas Sparks, author of Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember. Sparks doesn’t stray far from his bittersweet, lost-love formula here. Southern belle Adrienne Willis is abandoned by her husband and left to care for three kids.

She heads to Rodanthe, N.C., for a few days to look after a friend’s inn and her own broken heart. There she meets Paul Flanner, a handsome plastic surgeon toting his own emotional baggage. Together they take baby steps toward healing as their romance blooms. But when a hurricane begins crashing up the coast, you know that heartbreak is coming, with it. Predictable? Schmaltzy? Of course, but you’ll cry in spite of yourself. (Warner, $22.95)

Bottom Line: Worth spending a night with

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