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Safe Haven

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  163,123 ratings  ·  10,972 reviews
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 child...more
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Published September 14th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 14th 2009)
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 04, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: February 2010 Bestseller Author Book for The Filipino Group
Shelves: chick-lit
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Opening line:“As Katie wound her way among the tables, a breeze from the Atlantic rippled through her hair."

Wow, this is definitely one of the better Sparks books I’ve read, I sure hope he keeps going in this darker, less sappy direction with the next book too. I picked up SAFE HAVEN during a very busy time in my life and still found it unputdownable. Full of twists and turns, mystery and surprise and a HUGE suspense factor throughout. Of course we also get the romance (nicely done) and it again...more
2.5 rounded up

It's not so much that there is anything bad about this book, it is just that it is.... boring. A very large portion of the story is devoted to describing the day to day life of the characters who live in a small, seaside town. What one does as they get up, what they eat, how they cook, the routine conversations between family members, what they buy at the grocery store, which tablecloth to put out etc. etc., comprises not only most of the book, but each of our own daily lives. Whil...more
This book, in my opinion, was completely different from any other book I've read of Sparks'. And that is a good thing! I would classify this book as a romantic suspense, or even a suspense in general. There were many instances where my heart was racing, and I couldn't find the strength to put the book down. And, as with all of Sparks' book, I found myself tearing up in parts. But not for the normal mushy-gushy reasons. Instead, I was crying because of the traumatic events taking place, and the h...more
Diana J.
I have just one word for this book: wow. Nicholas Sparks really nailed it at this one. I picked up Safe Haven this last week and even though I was quite busy and tired with school,I couldn't resist but read until late at night. Generally,I'd say I am a fan of Nicholas Sparks. I've read many novels by him — and enjoyed them all — but this book is quite another thing. It's more than a love story in a small,quite town. I'd say it's a romantic suspense. When you pick up a book by Nicholas Sparks you...more
That ending! I did not see that coming... Ahhhh I'm literally speechless and my heart is racing!


I should start off by saying that I already knew I would love this book before actually reading it. I've been a huge Nicholas Sparks fan since high school! Happy to say I loved this and I was captivated from the very beginning. I know his writing style can be a bit difficult to get used to, and some people find it boring. I do not find it boring at all.

Safe Haven follows...more
This is a MUST read for anyone in an abusive relationship. It will give you the courage needed to escape. I have a personal friend who did this exact thing and now her life is much better. When I listened to her tell her story it sounded exactly like Safe Haven. Nicholas Sparks is a wonderful writer. You can see truth in his writing.
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Meg ♥

This was my first time reading Nicholas Sparks. I never even seen any of the movies. I must say I am a new fan, for sure. This story was truly beautiful. I don't know if I can even explain why I loved this book so much. The characters are great, the romance is done well, and the conclusion was deeply satisfying. I am eager to see the film, now!

When I think of NS I think gooshy, sappy romance with a hint of sadness...that's what I always hear his books are like. This one, though, was a bit differ...more
Kiefer Niñonuevo
This is my 3rd book from Nicholas Sparks, and just by the 3rd book I already know Sparks' writing formula. The beginning was sort of a drag since I already know what to expect from the way in which the author would set the tone of the story, introduce the characters as to who's the good, the bad, and the one we should watch out for, etc. What caught my attention was the latter half part of the book, and the twist at the end (The Sixth Sense much). In a nutshell, it's a light, familiar and feel g...more
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Well I just finished this book and let me just say that I have never been so happy to have puffs tissues in my house. My eyes are so swollen from crying its crazy. This was defiantly one of the darker books I've read from sparks. However, it still managed to rip me apart and them put me back together again... Sorta. I always lose a part of myself with a good book. I feel this is also the reason why some books stay with me for a while and why these same books stir emotions in me that both amaze m...more
5 stars
The emotions attached to them were like sand castles in the tide, slowly washing out to sea.,

What a beautiful, heart wrenching story! I loved Katie’s strength and Alex’s devotion to his kids and the people he cares about. Katie’s journey kept me glued to the page and seeing her open herself up to Alex and his kids was beautiful… I can’t really give away too much and I’m so glad I haven’t seen the movie (which I hope to rectify ASAP) but you just have to dive in and experience each mome...more
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If you're a Nicholas Sparks fan, you probably already knew what to expect for his newest book, Safe Haven, which was released this past week: a love story set in small-town North Carolina that will probably make you cry. It's definitely a formula, but one that works. Why mess with success, right?

Well, it turns out that this one strays a little bit form the formula, but I still think it counts as a success. Part of the variation from the norm are the twists and surprises, but I won't give anythin...more
Reem N 240511
The book is another romantic novel by Nicholas sparks that took place in South Carolina. I loved the fact that this book had an element of suspense added to it. It was difficult for me to put down this book and it took me less time to finish it than I anticipated. I once came home and sat on the couch and stayed there reading every word of the book for three straight hours without noticing the hours that went by. I loved the plot, the choices of words. moreover, the characters seemed real to me...more
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Have you ever been in a difficult situation and removing yourself to a new state of love and happiness was the only way to escape? Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks displays the fearful journey from an abusive, sickening world to a relationship of love and utter peace. I was left in awe as each page turned was a new heart-wrenching challenge for the characters.
The three main characters that faced life's burdens grew to become close to the readers heart. When Katie, the new mysterious women in town,...more
Sep 25, 2010 Carrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Carrie by: no one
Talk about heart pounding! It’s like "Hope Floats" meets "Sleeping with the Enemy"! Great read! I couldn't put it down and now that I'm done with it I'm finding I want to go back and read it again.

Sparks' characters were as vivid as they come; full of life, history and emotion. The aura that distends from Katie, it's like you could feel everything she went through. Sparks pulls you into his story and throws you into his characters' lives with an unbelievable sense of familiarity.

What's great abo...more
I bought this book on a whim. All the ladies at my workplace seem to be reading it and I keep overhearing them rave about it. It's Nicholas Sparks best book yet! When I got up to the register the lady ringing me up said, "Ooh, Nicholas Sparks! I love his books. They're soo good. Oh, and look! It's going to be a movie. Gotta see that one." Mind you I had two other books in the pile, not a word about those.

I didn't have high expectations for this book because it didn't seem like my kind of thing....more
Dawn ~The Romance Cover
I absolutely loved this book. I read it as I'm going to see the movie. And I hope they do the book justice as it is a beautiful heart warming book. It has you gripped on every page right to the end. Then you say OMG I never thought of that!!
The characters are lovely and very believable you feel lie you are there living the whole thing with them.
I really enjoyed it and would recommend to all.
Kristen Nace
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I have only watched the movies of Nicholas Sparks books before reading Safe Haven, and I loved them, especially The Note Book and A Walk to Remember. It didn’t occur to me to check out one of his books until I saw this at my library. I read the synopsis and I was sold, it caught my attention right away.

Safe Haven is my first Nicholas Sparks book and it’s an amazing book! It’s funny, captivating and suspenseful. Everything you want from a good book, you will find it in Safe Haven. I couldn’t put...more
William Breakstone

“Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks

Reviewed by Bill Breakstone, December 31, 2011

I picked up a copy of Nicholas Sparks’ new novel “Safe Haven” the other day. I had read two of his previous books and watched the latest movie adaptation of his “Last Song,” and found them all entertaining. When a literary friend asked me what I’m currently reading, I told her the latest Sparks novel. She asked me why I’m wasting my time reading such inconsequential writing, I said because it’s fun, and that...more
First off I would like to note that I have read almost every single one of Nicholas Sparks's books. In almost every one I teared up in parts and speeded through the pages, skipping sentences because I could not put it down! This was not the case with his newest novel, Save Haven. I am a bit tired of the same plot in every book. A guy and a girl, one of them having somesort of heartache and trouble, find each other (In North Carolia no less), say I love you on the first date and plowing through t...more
Heather Mcginn
The story opens as we meet Katie, starting her life over in the town of Southport. Fleeing an abusive husband and leaving everything she knew she is forced to start over in a small town where everyone knows everything and Katie finds it hard to remain too anonymous. She soon meets Alex, thanks to his children, and they slowly develop a new and strong relationship. But everything changes when Katie’s abusive husband, Kevin, comes to town to find her.

Safe Haven is the first Nicholas Sparks book...more
Célia Loureiro
Há muito que o Nicholas Sparks não me tentava. Comprei o “Um Homem com Sorte” porque vi o filme num momento em que me apetecia algum romance. Nem sequer o li, nunca me bateu a vontade. Já sei sempre o que esperar dele e, tantas vezes, fica aquém do seu próprio melhor. Com melhor menciono sempre o livro “Laços que Perduram”, que não se vê em lado algum mas que consegui por milagre.
À semelhança do “Laços que Perduram”, eu entendi que esta história abordava o tema da violência doméstica. O trailer...more
5 million stars! This book touched my heart, it was a truly wonderful read! I really loved Katie, she was so strong, brave, smart, kind and compassionate, and Alex was just perfect; a great dad with a gentle heart. They had both suffered tragedy in their lives and it really tugged on my heart strings. Their chapters together were so heart-warming and touching, (view spoiler)...more
Myka Cervania
Actually, I didn't expect that I'd buy this book. I was at the book store with my dad few weeks ago to buy the book, 'It Happened One Season', but before I do that, I went to check a corner first where 'The Best of Me' by Nicholas Sparks was placed. Then suddenly, I saw this book settled near 'The Best of Me' and I picked it up because the cover felt pleasant in my eyes. I read the summary and I thought I liked it. So instead of buying 'It Happened One Season', I chose this book and told myself...more
I LOVED this book!!! Seriously... all the feels. I fell in love with all of the characters especially Josh and Kristen =]. I really enjoyed Alex and Katie's relationship, it was so sweet and real. I most definitely cried and I really loved the ending.

I only had one problem: (I'm going to try to say this without spoiling anything :) ) I wish the book focused more on the present and the relationship between Alex and Katie and not as much on Katie's negative past and a certain other person's point...more
This was probably one of my favorite Sparks book.

Katie has run away from her abusive husband and settles in a small town where she meets the man of her dreams; a widower left to raise his 2 kids.

It was a darker book than the others. The writing style Sparks used makes it very intense; he switches from Katie to the abusive husband in a parallel sequence that makes you really anxious and on edge. Never wanting to put the book down. I found it exciting and I loved the anticipation. It's not the w...more
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As a child, Nicholas Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California at the age of eight. His father was a professor, his mother a homemaker, then optometrist's assistant. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

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