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Safe Haven [Paperback]

Nicholas Sparks
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Dec 18 2012
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.

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This story will tug at the heartstrings like never before OK! An A-grade romantic read Cosmopolitan A bittersweet love story In Style Magazine Definitely one to read with a box of tissues handy The Times Neatly done and slickly written, as always Star Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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With over 95 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Nine of Nicholas Sparks's novels-The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle-were also adapted into major motion pictures with The Longest Ride coming in Spring 2015. In 2011, he established the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students' lives through education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go to The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him at

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SPARKS DELIVERS ANOTHER MESSAGE OF LOVE Sept. 16 2010
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful woman, a handsome man, and a killer Dec 10 2010
Katie Feldman has moved to a pretty, little Southern town to start a new life. She is attracted to a local shopkeeper but is guarded and nervous and with good reason: She's expecting to be murdered.

This is a rather simple story that is part romance, part thriller, and part fantasy. Sparks is a good writer and the book is a quick read. The first half was a bit too sweet but the last half was so intense and scary my heart was pounding and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen. The fantasy subplot is the weakest, bordering on being corny, and could have been left out in my opinion.

Recommended for those who enjoy an idealized love story about a perfect couple, with the added drama of a crazed mad man on the loose. 3.5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe Haven April 26 2012
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I really liked this book and the story moved along at a nice pace. I became attached to all the main characters and was sad when the story ended. The descriptions of the main characters and the places in the novel makes the reader feel as if they are actually there. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Jan. 27 2013
By Michele
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This book was great, I loved it. I couldnt put it down. Anything by Nicholas sparks is enjoyable to read. I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys a love story with a bit of thrill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING Jan. 23 2013
This book was so captivating. Love a good love story where you fall in love with the characters. Definitely enjoyed this book and then movie throughly. Enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! Oct. 26 2010
Yet again Nicholas Sparks has made another great book. This is well worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Safe Haven March 25 2014
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The movie is rather different from the book. Those who have read the book will likely not really be all that happy with some of the parts of the movie. I did like the movie even after reading the book. I liked the choice of characters even though a lot was different from the book. Without the book it's a good movie to enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good Jan. 25 2014
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Love, romance, suspense, sadness and happiness are all rapped in this novel, We are taken into the lives of real people: their burdens and life threatening situations and then true happiness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good romance
good romance
Published 1 month ago by DOROTHY CARMICHAEL
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK
This book captures you from the beginning. Strong characters. Strong story line. Great ending. And the movie captures the book very well.
Published 9 months ago by Brandi Routhier
4.0 out of 5 stars another romance by Mr. Sparks
as much as i like watching this movie, the book was worth reading too. after reading about alex, i wondered who could play alex role but after watching the movie, i was like ... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Author Samreen Ahsan
1.0 out of 5 stars Abuse
I am unable to read stories about abuse. The violence is something I can't read or even watch in a movie. I would not recommend this book for anyone.
Published 11 months ago by Vern & Dorothy
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe to read
I loved this story. It was a fairly standard love story but, because of the added intrigue and the characterization, it was superb.
Published 12 months ago by creature
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I loved this book. I always read the books before seeing them in the theater. I have to say that the book was so much better. I was disappointed in the movie.
Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth Miron
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend a 5 for this great book.
Nicholas Sparks is the best author ever. I would recommend everyone read this book. You can not put it down,or want it to end.
Published 14 months ago by Jake Bartsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved it! It met all of my expectations based off other people's reviews and other Nicholas Sparks books I have read in the past. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Claire
1.0 out of 5 stars I want my 4 hrs back!
No no no! But so many positive reviews show that anything would sell. Spoilers follow so read at your own risk! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sapphire
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic
Such a sad but hopeful book! Warmed my heart can't wait to see the movie now. Very romantic too I would highly recommend if you love sappy stories!!
Published 16 months ago by Maureen
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