Sep 29

Safe Haven

Posted by Soliloquy in Books on CD

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 g…

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  • Kayla Marie Sulla says:

    Review by Kayla Marie Sulla for Safe Haven
    This certainly isn’t a traditional sappy love story that Sparks usually writes. Sure it has the love story and it’s set in North Carolina, but he puts in an element of danger. I have read all of his books and I love them all, however I am definitely tired of the “I love you” on the first date that practically occurs in all of his novels. The rest of this novel makes up for that quick love. It truly is impossible to put down. I made the mistake of starting it before bed, figuring I would read a few chapters and go to sleep – Well, I stayed up all night and finished it. They way it’s written is strategic and effective in keeping the reader wanting more (which is why I had to finish it in one night). Sparks has said that this is the next movie adaptation and I’m sure it will work well. There is something for everyone: love story, family life, internal conflicts, danger, and a twist at the end. Well worth the money (the physical book is more $ than the Kindle version – so I don’t know what everyone is complaining about; he’s a best-seller, it came out yesterday – of course it’s not going to be $5!) Overall, I loved it and I don’t regret my purchase at all. I’m just sad I finished it already! Can’t wait for the next one!

  • Robin Landry says:

    Review by Robin Landry for Safe Haven
    When I pick up this sort of book, I don’t expect my world view to be changed, or to become enlightened as if I’d just had a near death experience, what I expect is to safely escape reality and the cares of the world for a little while. Save Haven is just that, a safe haven in the reading experience. I read enough non-fiction to find it very enjoyable to pick up a Nicholas Sparks and leave the cares of the world behind.

    Safe Haven may be a bit predictable, but what makes it stand out for me was delving into the mind of a control freak. Katie Feldman has a secret she’s running from and it’s a big one. She’s found a safe haven in a small South Carolina town where she can just live life on her own terms, safe from fear. Of course it doesn’t last because stories need endings, and too much happiness can ruin a good story like nothing else.

    The hero in this story is a man who does the right thing and loves his children. With only this guy, the story would be pure vanilla. Throw in a ‘bad guy’ who’s good at his job and loves his wife, and you’ve got some swirls of chocolate thrown in that are delicious.

    I like that the main character of the story realizes that the world if full of shadows where things aren’t as simple as they might seem. I won’t give away anything else in the story because I read one review and it spoiled the ending for me.

    Safe Haven is just what you’d expect from Nicholas Sparks, but I think that’s a good thing.

  • Gail Cooke says:

    Review by Gail Cooke for Safe Haven
    While reading in a waiting room the other day my concentration was interrupted by a woman who looked at my book and enthused, “Oh, I just love him!” The “him” was, of course, Nicholas Sparks, popular author of 16 novels, six of which have been made into motion pictures. My new found friend’s enthusiastic tribute to Sparks stopped only when she was called in to the doctor’s office. She will be one of many who will stand inline for SAFE HAVEN, such is the appeal of Sparks, and his easy to read messages of love.

    With SAFE HAVEN we meet Katie, a beautiful young woman who has sought refuge and anonymity in the small community of Southport, North Carolina. She rents a small cabin and works at Ivan’s restaurant. Katie has no car, and walks wherever she goes. She’s a bit of a mystery to Alex, a widowed store owner, and Jo who soon moves next door.

    Katie is determined to reveal nothing about herself lest she be found by Kevin, her alcoholic husband, who kept her a virtual prisoner in their home and savagely beat her without reason. On their honeymoon she was beaten for leaving her sun glasses by the pool; at home she’s been thrown down the cellar stairs, her head knocked against the kitchen table. She endured all forms of physical abuse that left her bruised and sore. Kevin often swore that it would never happen again but it always did. When he finally pulled out his gun, a Glock, and held it to her head she knew she had to somehow escape, run for her life.

    Yet despite her resolution to remain private she finds herself drawn to Alex, a kind, good hearted man who his doing his best to be both father and mother to his two children, Kristen and Josh. Katie develops a fondness for them, and they feel the same about her. Over time she is able to relax, to enjoy being with Alex and the children. It isn’t long before she must to admit to herself that she’s in love with him and dares to think of what being part of a happy family might be like.

    Meanwhile, of course, Kevin is searching for her. He’s a policeman and a smart one, but not smart enough not to let vodka get the best of him, turning him into a raging psychopath intent upon finding and killing Katie as well as the man he believes has taken her away.

    Sparks spares little in describing the dark side of love and, as always, underscoring its redeeming powers.

    – Gail Cooke

  • L. G. Fontenot says:

    Review by L. G. Fontenot for Safe Haven
    I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan and have read all of his books. I have felt mad, happy, and sad, with some of his books, but they are all amazing. I think this is one of his best. DO NOT peek at the ending of this one. I have a friend that does this and to me it ruins the entire book….any book, but holds true especially for this one. I will not go into the story, as some do on here, because again that can ruin it. You will not be disappointed in Safe Haven. Many conflicts and battles within the characters, and you will most likely relate to at least one of them. Again the ending is awesome. This is one you will remember, I know I will. Sparks just keeps getting better and better.

  • figmentofimagination says:

    Review by figmentofimagination for Safe Haven
    Totally reminded me of Sleeping with the Enemy. Fast read, hoped it would get better, but it stalled out. Doesn’t seem to be the Sparks I’ve been used to. It’s a shame I waited so long for this, that now I have to wait another year for him to hopefully redeem himself. The writing style didn’t seem familiar this time around, I hope Sparks hasn’t gone a rye like many other popular authors.

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