155. Safe Haven- Nicholas Sparks

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Title: Safe Haven

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Rating:★★★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Contemporary/Romance

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. (Goodreads 2016)

Ahhh Nicholas Sparks. A writer I have avoided since I watched (and slept) through the overhyped Notebook at age 14. I’ve never really understood why he is such a hyped author- all of his books seem to follow the same story. Poor white boy falls in love with rich white girl and they have the usual ups and downs of a romance until BOOM! Terminal Illness!! And normally that is when I want to throw a book across the room- the personal pet peeve of mine: terminal illness as a plot device.

So “why am I reviewing one of dreaded Sparks books on my own book blog?” I hear you ask…well…I got roped into watching Safe Haven a few months ago on netflix and I absolutely shocked myself by finding I enjoyed it! I enjoyed it so much that when I saw a cheap copy of the book on a shelf in a charity shop for £1, I thought “why not?”. I then took the book on holiday with me last year and read it in two days while sunbathing on a lounger.

Guys…I really enjoyed this book. I mean, I actually enjoyed reading this book and it didn’t feel like a chore to finish it at all. By the end the story did feel a little stretched and one or two characters started to grate on my nerves a little bit, but overall, I enjoyed the characters, the pacing and the story and actually was a little bit sad when I finished it because it had ended- I never thought I would feel that way about Sparks books.

This is not saying I’ll be suddenly reading every single book by him but it has certainly made me concede my spark-hate a little bit.

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4 thoughts on “155. Safe Haven- Nicholas Sparks

  1. Kayleigh says:

    I loved Safe Haven as soon as I started the book and the film was equally as good. I’ve not read anything else by Nicholas Sparks although I have seen quite a few of his movies and I understand where you’re coming from – this one stands out compared to some of his others.

    I wasn’t a big fan on the ending. I love the characters Katie and Alex and the relationship that developed between them. Although the ending was a shock and a twist it was one I didn’t like.

    • thebookheap says:

      I love it when a book defies my expectations and changes my original thoughts on it! Yeah I could’ve done without the ending “Twist” too to be honest, a little bit too farfetched and contrived considering the rest of the book was relatively solid and believable!!

      • Kayleigh says:

        It’s a great feeling when a book does that. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one not 100% happy with the ending.

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