Safe Haven

A Novel by Nicholas Sparks

Synopsis: 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 empathetic 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 a fan of Julianne Hough so I remember watching this movie when it came out. I remembered really enjoying it, so I wanted to read the book. And turns out that I really liked the book too. I’m always so torn about Nicholas Sparks things, I’m not always a big fan of them.. but I actually enjoyed this one! So that was a fun surprise.

I enjoyed the way this one was written. It starts off pretty light and easy with obvious trauma and ptsd on her part.. then it slowly starts introducing her background and unveiling the reasons why she is where she is and reasons why she’s so guarded and weary.

I loved that as you learned about her past it started switching from her present time, to her flashbacks and also switched once in awhile to Kevin’s point of view. I also enjoyed the fact that we also kind of got into Kevin’s head, and that we got to see what he was thinking and why he was doing the things he did…It was so interesting to witness his obvious mental illness and to see how his alcohol addiction messed with his mind even more.

This book does have domestic, physical and verbal abuse in it, so if that’s a trigger for you I wouldn’t suggest reading it at all because that is basically the entire point/premise/plot of the story.

But overall it was a thrilling and intense read. It really gets your heart pounding towards the end and throws your emotions for a ride. I don’t want to give too much away. But the end twist with the neighbour, I’m not sure how I felt about that. I think maybe that could have been done differently or just left out because I think it added a little bit of an unrealistic vibe to the book. But overall it was a great read.

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