Safe Haven Paperback – Dec 18 2012
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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 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice coming in February 2016.
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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.Read more ›
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.
First off I have to say that I did see the movie, way before I got a chance to pick the book up and finally read it. With that being said like most instances books are way better than the movies and well this novel was no exception. It was definitely way better than the movie and I only wish now that I had gotten a chance to read the novel before hand.
This book was hard to put down and even when I had to put it down it was never far from reach. I liked the characters from the beginning with the exception of Kevin; Katie’s husband. But who would like a man like that, character or not. The characters were relatively easy to relate to in their everyday lives. I could feel the fear that Katie felt with the way the author put it all into words. Spark’s painted a setting that I could easily see the characters in. It was like watching a movie, a fantastic movie. The plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat and it was interesting to see gradually mentally insane Kevin got as the story unfolded, while the opposite happened to Katie, it was like they switched roles.
I’d have to say that out of the whole novel my favorite character was Jo, the spirit of Alex’s deceased wife. I loved her personality and the way she helped Katie realize that she doesn’t need to keep hiding in fear. It was very interesting in the end to know that she had all along just been a figment of Katie’s imagination and it wasn’t until the end that Katie put all the pieces together and realized it when she read the letter.
The story slowly and deliciously unravels throughout so that we don't ever get a huge background dump with any of the characters multiple POV's instead their lives, secrets and issues are gradually introduced which I loved. And the bad guy here, jeez he was horrible, and I mean that in a good way. The kind of character that you love to hate, but I also really enjoyed getting into his head, as he slowly fell apart, very intriguing stuff and really well done. I highly recommended this one even for those non- Nicholas Sparks fans; I think you'll be surprised.
The story here is somewhat reminiscent of A BEND IN THE ROAD but way better, it also reminded me very much of that older Julia Roberts movie Sleeping With The Enemy but again its better then that too. I won't give too much away here with the synopsis, its well worth discovering on your own. Cheers.
Katie is on the run, but the good people of Southport don't know that they're just wondering what the pretty new waitresses' story is and why she keeps to herself so much, after all everyone here knows everybody else.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on March 25 2014 by Brittany
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2014 by Lola
This book captures you from the beginning. Strong characters. Strong story line. Great ending. And the movie captures the book very well.Published on Jan. 7 2014 by Brandi Routhier
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 morePublished on Dec 30 2013 by Author Samreen Ahsan
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 on Dec 4 2013 by Vern & Dorothy
I loved this story. It was a fairly standard love story but, because of the added intrigue and the characterization, it was superb.Published on Oct. 17 2013 by creature
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 on Sept. 15 2013 by Elizabeth Miron
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 on Aug. 18 2013 by Jake Bartsch