July 7th 2011
Adult Contemporary Romance
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.
~My Review~ 5/5 Goodreads Stars
Sparks always writes achingly beautiful novels I, (a teenage girl from England) seem to connect with. Although this was a novel about a 27 year old woman running away from …we’ll get to that in a second…I found myself understanding Katie. Of course, this shows just how good an author Sparks is.
This must be my fourth or fifth Sparks novel, at this point, with most authors, their books start to mirror each other in character, ending, general storyline, ECT. But not with any of these particular books. Every time you read a book by Sparks you feel like it’s your first time.
<Insert ‘Our First Time’ by Bruno Mars here and imagine it’s about reading a book>
I picked up Safe haven from my local library and read the book description as you do, but it didn’t tell me much about the actual novel. I shall include my own **short** book description cos I’m cool like that.
Katie is on the run from her abusive husband. Katie runs to a small town in North Carolina, and quickly finds a job. She meets Alex, who owns the local grocery store. He is widowed with two small children. They begin to fall in love (not that they realise it at first) and start spending more time with each other.
I possibly made it sound really depressing and boring. It really isn’t! That’s why I’m writing a review for it!
There was a twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting. I read the end page –never do it – and my eye caught something that it shouldn’t have, and I made my own assumption about the ending as you would. But it turned out I was completely wrong! The ending was different, and wasn’t really explained. This was the part right at the end, right, RIGHT at the end, for those who have read it.
I was looking for a quick read romance but I got WAY more than that. Nicholas Sparks is awesome and any other I see of his I will pick up.
This book is also being made into a movie and comes out on FEB 14th. Here is the trailer.
About Author and LINKS:
As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist’s assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.
After breaking the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985 as a freshman (a record which still stands), he was injured and spent the summer recovering. During that summer, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988. …Read more at his Goodreads page.
Thanks for reading!