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Preview — Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
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 he ...more
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
People hide the truth because they're afraid
My second time reading Safe Haven, the first half was a bit slow. We don't know about Katie's past yet, and we simply follow the beginnings of her settling into the small town of Southport and starting a relationship with Alex - the local general store owner.
As her background is slowly revealed, I began to fear for her. That this new life she made for herself could be taken away at any moment. The final part of the book is drama fille ...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
Really enjoyed this one. I watched the movie before I read the book and shocking as it is... I preferred the movie over the book, just a little bit. The characters and plot were well developed throughout the story but there were a few parts that either lacked a bit too much or felt out of place...
Overall a great read buuut I don’t think I’d give NS’s bo ...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
When I read a romance, I am looking for a love story that grip you and doesn’t let go, for emotional turmoil, I want to feel, to be moved, have your heart beat so fast you have to stop reading to take a deep breath. This novel was too plane.
This is my third Nicholas Sparks novel, and so far I have found all of them fla ...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
About fifteen summers or so ago I was in a real Nicholas Sparks kick. Read everything he had published up to that date because they were just easy to read books and those first couple of books (A Walk to Remember, The Rescue, The Notebook), well they always made me sigh contentedly when I'd finish them. But the more of his books I read the less they appealed to me. I remember angrily hurling A Bend in the Road across the room and ...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’m not going into detail about the storyline because most of you have already read it or seen the movie. Just know it is a beautifully written emotional roller coaster that I HIGHLY recommend. ✨
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
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.
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
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
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