Safe Haven Book Review

Hey everyone!

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

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Release Date: 18th December 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Goodreads
Pages: 365

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.

My Thoughts

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 Katie seems withdrawn and anxious at the beginning, but as the story unfolds you begin to realise why she was so reserved.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!

7 Comment

  1. Now this sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for not spilling the beans on the plot twist!!

  2. Great review. I love Nicholas Sparks books but this is one I haven't read …. yet. I'll definitely be picking it up on my next Amazon book spree.

    Hugs Elyse ||

  3. I hadn't read any Nick Sparks in years, then I picked up safe haven from my SIL. It was probably a few months before the movie came out. The book was so suspenseful, it was great though, because it was overall less weepy than typical Nick Sparks stuff. The movie twisted it around a little, you'll have to let me know what you thought. I haven't read or seen The Last Song. I would like to read The Lucky One because I liked the movie. A Walk to Remember and The Notebook were both good and pretty sad. I don't think I have read any of the others. 🙂 XO -Alexandra

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  4. Nicholas Sparks books are the best, this is definitely one of my favourite books! Might have to go and re-read it after reading this post, thanks for reminding me of my time reading this book!

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  5. Sounds like a pretty good book, not really for me but I know my friend would love this book so much. I'll have to tell her about it

  6. I didn't really like the movie, but maybe I'll give the book a try.

  7. I have never found a book by Nicholas Sparks that I don't love! He's my all-time favorite author 🙂 I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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