Sunday, May 11, 2014

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

{Review} Safe Haven
Title: Safe Haven
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Published: September 14, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 340
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

This is my first Nicholas Sparks book that I have read and I am glad that I picked this one.  This book does not solely focus on the romance, but also incorporates a little bit of suspense/thriller.  I liked how this book does not only follow Katie, but also focuses on her possessive husband.  I think it really adds a lot to the story that it involved his point of view, instead of just Katie’s, so the reader can really see how psychologically damaged he is and the relationship he has with Katie.  This book allows the reader to glimpse into Katie’s past and shows exactly how she was able to escape her abusive marriage.  I think that was my favorite part in the book because I found it very interesting.  Although this book has suspense, it is not a faced paced book.  It does focus a lot of Katie’s everyday chores while she is in Safe Haven and the romance with Alex has a slow start, which I liked.  The ending of this book had a twist, which I really enjoyed, and the movie adaptation is quite good.  In all, I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy romance books.  


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