Nicholas SparksPublisher: Grand Central Publishing.
Publication Date: September 14,2010.
Genre: Romance | Suspense.
Format|Pages: Paperback| 368.
Safe Haven was one of best and favorite Nicholas Sparks novels I read, and I have read all of them. So far. However, out of all the novels that he had written so far, this one seemed be bit more on thriller side, and had quite bit of action going on. It kept you on edge of your seat, up till very end. Though I read it before, I was on edge of my seat till end. I did not want put it down. I was so observed in book, I found myself reading it for hours. If you love romance, with bit of action in mix, Nicholas Sparks is worth checking out.
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.
Katie: Loved her character right from start. Though at times it might seemed like it, but to me she was strong. Honestly, if I was ever in her situation, I would never be able to do what she had done. It takes a lot, to run away and start all over again, from abusive marriage. Especially considering what happened the first two times that she tried to run away, that takes a lot of courage. Not everyone can do, try to escape that life and start all over. Despite being afraid most of time, I was glad that she was able to start all over, to start a new life. However, I felt myself constantly afraid of her, afraid that her husband would figure out a way to find her, that it will all be all over for her, the life that she built. I found myself rooting for her, rooting for her to make it, to not feel afraid anymore.
Alex & Kevin: How can you not love Alex? I loved pretty much everything about him, way he was with Katie, even before they got together. How he protected her once he found out what Kevin done to her, to make sure that she was safe. Honestly, I don’t think that neither his children nor Katie would made it, be alive, if it wasn’t for him coming to their rescue at the end. I actually found myself holding my breath when Kevin hit Alex, and I prayed he make it through, after hit like that. I was glad that Katie finally met someone, who made her feel safe, who loved her for who she was. Despite that, he was an amazing father to his kids. I love the relationship that he had with his kids, and how he always made sure that they had something to do, spend time with them. Now Kevin, I hated him from beginning, I was hoping that he wouldn’t figure out how to find her. Once he did, I felt so afraid for Katie and angry for Kevin. Though I kind of felt like he did love her, but at same couldn’t understand how he claimed to love her, yet was so controlling.
What made this book slightly different then his other books? Well, this had much more suspense that his other books seemed to have. Others seemed be based more on romance, but this also had quite bit suspense. Especially once Kevin showed up, that’s when the real action began. Kevin was so close. I wasn’t only terrified what would happen, but also what would happen to the kids, since Kevin seemed to be drunk much more then he usually was. I couldn’t imagine what Alex would gone through, if he lost either of them. Despite not wanting Kevin to die, I was glad to see that Katie could finally feel safe again. Now, Carly ‘Jo’ that was a twist I did not see coming, that Katie’s neighbor end up being Alex’s late wife.
It was an amazing read. I can’t wait to see the movie. If it’s similar to the book, be pretty amazing movie. I would recommend this book to any romance lovers.