Safe Haven

Sparks, Nicholas (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Safe Haven

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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.
Authors: Sparks, Nicholas
Title: Safe haven
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Pub.,, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: viii, 340 p. ;,22 cm.
ISBN: 9780446547598
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Report This Nov 27, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I watched the movie, which was entertaining, but I agree with some of the other folks who have commented that they liked the book better. I thought the character of Kevin was so much more well-developed in the book and liked the way Sparks was able to show how his mind was deteriorating.

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  • maddi_rib rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I wouldn't usually read this type of book... to be honest I didn't even look at the author and even if I did, I would not have known that he wrote the notebook or the last song either... so I read this book blind... It was one of the more beautiful things I've read. I usually devour books in an afternoon but i found myself needing to put it down to really think about it and that made it so much better too! I LOVED the plot, the characters, the setting, everything. This book has made me finally read "The Notebook" (and maybe i'll watch the movie now too!) and I am glad i have. I drank so much coffee reading this.. It was a GREAT book!

Report This Sep 02, 2013
  • dixiedog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks - AWESOME book. Now one of my favourite authors. Doctor-at Bass –Two! M. A.

Safe Haven is a book about a woman named Katie who is a transplant to the small town of Southport in North Carolina. In the beginning of the book Katie is determined not to make any personal ties but that changes after she gets a new neighbour and friend named Jo. That's when she starts to get curious about Alex who is a widowed, store owner with two kids. Katie seems unassuming at first but you can tell she has a wall up and you don't really find out how she got to that point and about her past until your well into the novel. I think what really helped lower her guard were Alex's kids. There's something so innocent about them that she can't help but respond to it. Alex is the widower being mom and dad to his two little kids, all the while running a store. When you read about his wife you realize quickly that he's a bit of a romantic. When he starts developing feelings for Katie it's obvious that he's not just looking for a person for himself but someone who can also be a mother to his two kids. This novel has a lot of suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat because of Katie's background. You keep turning the pages to find out what exactly happened to her. This Nicholas Sparks novel has a thriller quality to it.

Report This Jun 14, 2013
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

On the one hand, it had high drama, romance, an energy-filled climax and even an unexpected twist in the ending. On the other hand, there was so much stretching and pulling to stuff in a ton of excess words.

Report This Jun 10, 2013
  • albeart rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent book! I really enjoyed it and I agree that the book is better than the movie. It is a great story about starting a new life.

Report This Jun 06, 2013
  • KathysReading rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is soooo much better than the movie, which I thought was good. You can never go wrong with Nicholas Sparks!

Saw the movie- really good ending.

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  • KJtheEpicFailure rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Oddly enough, I did enjoy this book. Not my style of reading, and though I guessed what the ending would bring, Sparks did a good job of keeping me on the edge of my seat. A good read for when you're bored.

This story is about Katie; a woman who escapes from her abusive husband and end up in a small town called. She's been battered emotionally, mentally and physically. ; Alex, a man who lost his wife and is now a single father raising his two young children. He owns a store and knows everyone who comes in; that it until this delicate looking women enters. She meets the children and daughter immediately grows to like her. Begin this relationship and get very close. Her neighbor Jo is somewhat of a busy body, but for good reasons. She befriends Katie and they talk about this man. What I really like about this book is that its family based, but also has scenes of personal need. While loves and cares for his children, he needs to fill that empty gap his wife left when she died. Katie, a woman who does not fully trust men wants to be loved and taken care of, and she finds that in him. This story has a lot of suspense because while you're reading and coming to like the character of Alex, you start wondering if her husband is going to come looking for her or if he'll just find another woman to abuse. The way its written is in each characters perspective. So we see what Alex is thinking and doing or remembering. Katie recalls her horrifying past, and her husband remembers when they were together and how much he misses her and dreams of all the torture he would do to her if he ever found her. There's a bit of a twist in the end that I didn't expect, but it was a good twist.

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  • mariednguyen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date February 14, 2013 (USA)

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  • albeart rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a very intense section of this book at the end in which there is arson, guns, and drunkenness.

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