Saturday, August 3, 2013

Book review of Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks


Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again. 

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.


I'm super late to the Nicholas Sparks party. I've seen a bunch of the movie adaptations but had never actually read one of his books. When I saw the movie previews for Safe Haven, it caught my attention and I thought "You know what... I'm gonna read the book."

I'm glad I decided to. Although it was a little too much fluff for my taste, I found myself engrossed in the story. Katie is running from a dark past  but finally finds refuge in Southport. She finds a friend in her neighbor Jo, and in Alex and his kids. I don't want to get into the story for those of you who have yet to read it.

The pacing of the book didn't really bother me, although some parts were a little harder to get through because of the very tedious descriptions of every day life. I really liked the suspense and drama behind Katie's story. I was so anxious to find out what she was running from and why she was still so terrified of it.

I thought Alex and the kids were just adorable! They were incredibly endearing and sweet.

Jo... this is what I think about that:

All in all, I did enjoy the book and recommend it if you're a Nicholas Sparks fan or a fluff lover. And now I will finally go watch the movie! 

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