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The book describes the protagonist getting beaten by her husband and then him taking her to the bedroom and things like "he…moreI'd say no. *spoilers*
The book describes the protagonist getting beaten by her husband and then him taking her to the bedroom and things like "he didn't like her to wear back clasp bras" as he removes hers. He rapes her and her pain from her bruises make her moan and he is turned on (less)
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
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
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
I didn't have high expectations for this book because it didn't seem like my kind of thing. ...more
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
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 mom ...more
Good people with good family values. Check.
A terminal illness or two. Check.
Long paragraphs devoted to describing the view and the weather. Check.
Long, serious conversations. Reminiscing of sob stories. Check. Check.
It's undoubtly Nicholas Sparks'. I'd know even if I hadn't heard about the book and found it with covers ripped off and title and author's name missing.
But for once-and I can't express how much joy I'd felt about this- Spa ...more
Katie is working hard as a waitress at Ivan’s cafe, in coastal Southport, NC, and living in a run-down, low-rent house. She seems very remote and detach ...more
I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The story is a typical story for him to write but I still liked it nonetheless, and particularly the letter at the end.
Characters - 20/20 - very complex, you'll get emotionally attached
Creativity - 20/20 - with all the plot twist it made this book so creative and unique
Writing - 20/20 - dark, suspenseful, emotional, hopeful, happy, EVERYTHING! All the feels!
Pace - 10/10 - super fast paced
Ending - 10/10 - perfection. the ending was perfect
100/100 = A++
My heart feels like it's been ripped out of my chest and thrust back in. I read started Safe Haven thi ...more
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
Since I'm in the mood for a movie marathon and I had read this book before I decided to see it on movie. And again the movie is much better. Although I give the book version 4 stars after watching the movie it earns a lot of additional stars. I love the suspense, romance, magic and second shot for love. I like Julianne Hough portrayal on the movie. The ...more
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
I have never read a Nicholas Sparks book before, and this one always had me wondering and wanting to read it.
I watched the movie as we do. But I have to say.. I like the movie more than the book.
But the book gives us more insight into just how unstable Katie/Erin’s husband really was. Having read the book I understand the movie more.
I very much enjoyed the book and the movie, but I think what I love best about the book was Jo and how that whole character was.
It was sad and ...more
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
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.
Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the n...more