Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Star Rating : 4 out of 5

Content Rating : MILD
Back Cover :
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.”
My Thoughts :
This is one of the better Nicholas Sparks books in my opinion. A lot of people love Sparks because they know what to expect from him. The characters will be good, the story will be romantic, and the read will be fairly light. His books are a little bit like comfort food. In this book, Sparks adds a little suspense to it; it’s not just romance like normal and I like it. You still have the normal Sparks trademarks about the book, but with a little something extra. 

This book is rated as MILD. There are a few mild uses of language. There is also an abusive husband, alcohol abuse, a few sexual references and a mildly detailed sex scene. 

What I liked :
  • The Characters – I liked both the main characters in this one. Katie is interesting to get to know and Alex is the knight-in-shining armor we have come to expect in Sparks’ books. Jo is a surprising character; and if you listen to the audio version, I thought the Narrator Rebecca Lowman does a good job with Jo’s southern drawl.
  • The Setting – Sparks makes you want to take a trip to Southport, NC. He paints the town so well, you can’t wait to book a bed and breakfast and walk around in this quaint town. He does this so well, book after book. Readers love being pulled into the simpleness of the small town. A few will find the details given of the routine of a small town life boring; but, I found it relaxing.
  • The Ending – The ending of course is over the top, which to be honest is kind of Sparks ‘thing’. But, I liked that he went for a little bit darker of an ending then he normally does.

What I didn’t like :
  • The Plot – Sparks doesn’t go for a complicated plot. Never has. This leads to strong predictability. But, sometimes you just want that good old simple chicken and dumplings your mama used to make.
What Others Are Saying :

“A haunting past life catches up with Katie with frightening consequences. Love prevails.  An emotionally wrenching story with a dramatic happily-ever-after.” – Kirkus Reviews

Reviewed by Shayna Hinshaw

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