Monday, March 17, 2014
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 her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
If you have read my previous reviews, you would know that I have plenty of hits and misses when it comes to novels by Nicholas Sparks. Such experiences made me slightly wary when it comes to yet another title by this author. However, it's a totally different experience I have with Safe Haven. I would go as far as to say that it's the best book that I have read so far.
I read it in about three days and if I choose to read rather than doing anything else, then I can safely tell you that it's really worth the time.
Safe Haven is about Katie and how she is trying to escape from her past that is catching up with her. At the same time, there's Alex who is trying to move on after the death of his wife and it was attraction at first sight when he met Katie.
The author really didn't waste time and delve right into the heart of the story and from there, it's just no stopping the pages from turning. It was enticing right from the first page to the last with a great surprising revelation that readers would not expect...that I certainly wasn't expecting that made me scramble back to read sections of the book that might have enlightened me to this fact.
What was that revelation? Read for yourself. You will not regret it. :)