Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review: Safe Haven

Safe Haven
By Nicholas Sparks
Publication date: September 14, 2010

My review:

Katie arrives in Southport, North Carolina with little more than the clothes on her back. Gradually she makes a life for herself, working at the local diner and becoming friends with her new next door neighbor Jo. She also meets Alex, a widower with two young kids. With the help of Jo and Alex, Katie begins to live again but her past is full of secrets that are sure to catch up to her, shattering the peace she has found.

Readers of Nicholas Sparks novels can usually expect an emotional story and occasionally a bittersweet ending. Safe Haven, while definitely an emotional tale manages to avoid that heaviness. It is fairly obvious from the beginning that Katie is destined for a relationship with Alex but it is her personal journey and growth that takes center stage. Her struggle to escape her abusive past is moving. Her friendship with Jo is sweet and I enjoyed reading about Alex and his family. 

Sadly the ending kind of detracts from the book with its bizarre twist. I will not go into any details for fear of spoiling the book but I was not pleased with it. Overall though I thought reading Safe Haven was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Katie is a likable main character and the Southern setting is appealing. 

1 comment:

  1. This one sounds nice...well, until the end. But now I'm a bit curious,

    Great review! =)


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