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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

{Review:} Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven
Title: Safe Haven
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 2010)
Hardcover: 340 pages
ISBN: 9780446547598
Source: Library
Available on: Amazon

My Rating: 5/5

Description on GoodReads:
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:

I am not normally a big Nicholas Sparks fan. I enjoyed a few, and I like many of the movies made from his books. Yet, I decided to give this book a chance and I really enjoyed it.

I like how he made me feel for these characters. I felt scared for Katie, feared and hated Kevin and fell in love with Alex. I  enjoyed the way real life problems are portrayed in this book it offered me a window to understanding how people feel when they experience these situations. Some of the parts of this book where a little hard for me to read because they contained violence towards women, but they were necessary for the story. 

The pace of this book also worked for me. I liked the slow beginning as I got to know the characters and their stories. I am not a fan of books that rush the beginnings and fail to make a proper introduction of their characters. 

The main reason I give this book a 5/5 is because of the crazy ending. I loved it! I was laying in bed reading with a wide smile on my face. I guess I should of seen it coming but I did not and am glad because it was a great ending. Some readers may find it strange because it's not really his style and a little strange but it worked for me. 

I recommend this book for anyone that wants to read a book about the power of love, but that doesn't ignore that life sometimes throws unexpected events that may make "happily ever after" seem impossible.


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