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Safe Haven

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  295,679 Ratings  ·  13,143 Reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a captivating love story filled with suspense and mystery.

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
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2010)
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Karene Yes i did. thoroughly enjoyed it. As a result i have continued to read other books by the author.
Alena I'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…more
I'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)

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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to K.D. by: February 2010 Bestseller Author Book for The Filipino Group
Shelves: chick-lit
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Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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
Charlotte May
3.5 rounded up.

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
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
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
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
“I’ve come to believe that in everyone’s life there’s one undeniable moment of change. A set of circumstances that suddenly alters everything.”

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
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Megs ♥
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, z2013-reads

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
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 mom
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
pink (not just another shade of red)
Small, close-knit, picturesque town. Check.
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.
Tearjerkers. 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
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is no doubt that you can rely on Nicholas Sparks to deliver a warm-hearted, well-written piece of contemporary fiction which combines romance with drama and current community issues. In Safe Haven he does not fail to deliver. This is an entertaining story, with just the right mix of elements, that engaged this reader from the opening pages.

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
Kyla Harris
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE, PLEASE READ!
Plot - 20/20 - full of plot twists

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++
5/5 stars

*Mild Spoilers*

My heart feels like it's been ripped out of my chest and thrust back in. I read started Safe Haven thi
Southport, North Carolina sets the stage for this book. Katie is running from a bad relationship right into the arms of Alex, the local store owner who has two adorable kids and is a widower. As with most predictable love stories by Mr. Sparks the bad relationship catches up to the good one-- this one ending with a massive firestorm and a unrealistic twist that doesn't quite make the heart strings pull. I found this one overly wrought with scenes that would never happen in real life, and the end ...more
Kiefer Niñonuevo
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Ninoska Goris
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie es abusada por su esposo y le abandona. Llega a Southport, en Carolina del Norte, y ahí conoce a Alex, un viudo con dos hijos. Deberá decidir si seguir huyendo o darle una oportunidad.

La película es una mala adaptación del libro.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αρκετές πρωτιές με συγγραφείς φέτος και χαίρομαι που μέχρι τώρα έχουν στεφθεί με επιτυχία.
Πρώτη φορά βιβλίο του Nicholas Sparks λοιπόν. Δεν είναι απλά άλλη μια ρομαντική ιστορία. Περιέχει μηνύματα διαχείρησης πένθους και ενδοοικογενειακής βίας. Πιο πολύ θα έλεγα ότι είναι η ιστορία μιας γυναίκας που καταφέρνει να το σκάσει απο τον δυνάστη και βίαιο σύζυγο της και προσπαθει να χτίσει μακριά από όλους μια νεά ζωή, με το φόβο της καταδίωξης πάντα στο πίσω μέρος του μυαλού της.
Άραγε, ο έρωτας έχει θ
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am still one of those people that enjoys Nicholas Sparks books and movies. I really prefer to read the book before I watch the movie, so I've owned the movie since it came out but never watched it. This was the first TBR takedown book and I am happy to say this seems to be working well, and now I don't have to unhaul this book.
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.
Marilena   ⚓
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Εντάξει σε ορισμένα σημεία το βρήκα λίγο υπερβολικό,όμως η ιστορία είχε ενδιαφέρον!
Reem Alomari
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
sve skupa kad se zbroji, malo je meh
Kristen Nace
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Mahoghani 23
Much better than the movie! It depicts the story from the wife as well as the husband point of view. It provided insight into what she suffered as a wife and endured the painful beatings, how she got away and the measures she took to survive. From her husbands' point of view she was to blame for him losing control and doing the things he did. He could quote scripture well but it never says in the Bible to beat your wife and keep her prisoner in your home. He kept such a tight reign that she coul ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, even people who read romance novels.
Recommended to Paul by: The half price tag.
I'm not a Romance novel kind of guy. But this is not a "Romance" novel, at least in my sense of the definition (not that there is anything wrong with that genre). However, regardless, and whatever, this was an extremely well written suspenseful thriller with some love sprinkles. And a little magic as well. And really after you get started with this one it's hard to put down. I will forever look at Nicholas Sparks novels with a completely different attitude and respect (not that there is anything ...more
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
“I've come to believe that in everyone's life, there's one undeniable moment of change, a set of circumstances that suddenly alters everything.”
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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
Pam Nelson
4 Safe Heaven Stars

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
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“Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys.” 2198 likes
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