So I was planning to do another Top Ten Tuesday post yesterday, but I was at Sitc on the weekend and therefore didn’t have any time to work on blog posts. As I won’t be able to blog for the rest of this week, I thought I’d leave you with another review. This time it is Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.
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.
Safe Haven is the second book I’ve read by Nicholas Sparks. I decided to read it since I loved The Last Song and I thought the film of Safe Haven looked interesting.
I would say that Safe Haven is quite different to The Last Song. They are only similar in the fact that they are both written by Nicholas Sparks and are romances. Safe Haven is full of ongoing suspense and I found my heart racing throughout reading the book. I was so worried for Katie and I can’t imagine what she had been going through. Katie seems withdrawn and anxious at the beginning, but as the story unfolds you begin to realise why she was so reserved.
In terms of the characters, I found both Katie and Alex to be very likeable. While Katie is emotionally and physically scarred from her past, Alex has lost someone close to him. It’s hard not to feel sorry for them. Alex’s love for his kids is so admirable. On the contrary, Kevin is a horrible character! I honestly have absolutely no idea what goes on inside his head! It seems he’s aware of his behaviour, but then he drinks too much and loses control.
Overall, Safe Haven is a truly beautiful book. I may have only read two books by Nicholas Sparks, but I already love his writing, and the way in which he creates really vivid and realistic characters. And the plot twist with Jo…well, that was just unexpected! I can’t wait to see the film!