Title: Safe Haven
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 2010)
Hardcover: 340 pages
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.My Review:
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 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.