Saturday, January 8, 2011

Book Review: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

If you like romance or a good love story, then Nicholas Sparks always delivers. If you don't think you like this genre, give him a try! This is the 2nd Sparks book that didn't make me cry, but it held my interest throughout. (His first book that I read, A Walk To Remember, really got me at the end! As I read it, I kept thinking, "What is all the fuss about Nicholas Sparks?" At the end, I was hooked.

Here is the book teaser from
"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."

I enjoyed this novel but am ambivalent about the last few pages. (A friend loaned me her copy of the book. Thanks, Peg!)

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