Safe Haven

Safe Haven

Book - 2011
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"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"--Author's web site.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., c2011.
ISBN: 9780446547604
0446547603
Characteristics: viii, 368 p. ; 21 cm.

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VaughanPLTracyMat Dec 07, 2016

I was weary of picking up a Nicholas Sparks book as I hear his stories tend to have a heartbreaking and depressing ending (which often seems to be the case with the movies that come from his books), but I decided to pick up the book, <i>Safe Haven</i>, because I was pleased with the movie. This book provides so much more insight into Katie’s thoughts feelings than the movie was able to provide (which I find most movies fail to provide in comparison to their book counterparts). Overall, I was pleased with this story, and I am now more inclined to pick up another of Sparks’ works.

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Alison_Kelly
Aug 24, 2015

this book is so good. It shows us all that we can over come so much is our lives. It gives me strength to move forward in my life.

Maria_mcdo Apr 30, 2015

Prompted me to visit the place. Feel in love with the place southport :)

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book is essentially set in Southport North Carolina and follows the life of a woman named Erin. It is here that she begins a new life for herself after escaping an abusive relationship at the hands of her husband. She endeavors to maintain anonymity and privacy using a new identity and calls herself Katie. Despite her efforts she meets and befriends a neighbor named Jo and a widower named Alex to whom she becomes romantically and intimately connected. Their future, safety, and happiness are at risk because Katie's husband Kevin (to whom she is still legally married) is obsessed with trying to find her ... [edited for spoilers] ... There is a good resolution to the story and an enjoyable outcome for readers.

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red_dog_3762
Jun 12, 2014

I really enjoyed reading this book! It was very good and it keeps you wanting to read more.

HappyPaige Jun 12, 2014

Enjoyable evening read!!

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bethany333
Jun 11, 2014

I really enjoyed this book much more then I did the movie. I love how Sparks truly develops his characters and fleshes them out a lot more than other authors.

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jolynnz
Jun 03, 2014

good book!

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BlueHippo
Nov 27, 2013

I watched the movie, which was entertaining, but I agree with some of the other folks who have commented that they liked the book better. I thought the character of Kevin was so much more well-developed in the book and liked the way Sparks was able to show how his mind was deteriorating.

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maddi_rib
Nov 14, 2013

I wouldn't usually read this type of book... to be honest I didn't even look at the author and even if I did, I would not have known that he wrote the notebook or the last song either... so I read this book blind... It was one of the more beautiful things I've read. I usually devour books in an afternoon but i found myself needing to put it down to really think about it and that made it so much better too! I LOVED the plot, the characters, the setting, everything. This book has made me finally read "The Notebook" (and maybe i'll watch the movie now too!) and I am glad i have. I drank so much coffee reading this.. It was a GREAT book!

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mariednguyen
Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date February 14, 2013 (USA)

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albeart
Jun 10, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a very intense section of this book at the end in which there is arson, guns, and drunkenness.

nathalienp Aug 30, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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