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Safe Haven Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 by Warner Books. He followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), and The Longest Ride (2013), as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. His eighteenth novel, See Me, will be published on October 13, 2015.
The Choice, Sparks's eleventh film adaptation and on which he served as a Producer, will open on February 5, 2016. Including this year's The Longest Ride, along with The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song, adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels have a cumulative worldwide gross of over three-quarters of a billion dollars.
In 2012, Sparks and his publishing agent and creative partner Theresa Park, launched Nicholas Sparks Productions, with Park as President of Production. A film adaptation of The Choice, which Lionsgate will release in February, is the first independent feature from NSP. It stars Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer, and is directed by Ross Katz, with a screenplay adaptation by Bryan Sipe. Sparks and Theresa Park partnered with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film. A film version of The Guardian is also in development, as is a film based on football hall of famer Gayle Sayers's life and memoir.
Not only a film, but also a television production company, NSP currently have an overall deal with Warner Brothers Television and is developing a new slate of projects including a musical series, several comedies, a dark family cable drama, and a Young Adult book series for ABC Family. Most recently, the CW Network announced that it is developing a series based on Sparks's bestselling 1996 novel (and the 2004 New Line sleeper hit film) The Notebook. The project is a Nicholas Sparks Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Sparks will serve as an executive producer on the project along with Theresa Park. Todd Graff is the writer and executive producer.
Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. He co-founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina in 2006. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4 x400 meter, in New York. The record still stands. Click to watch the Runner's World video with Nicholas.
The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages was launched in 2011. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of the Sparks family, more than $15 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because the Sparks family covers all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.
Find out more about the authors and his works by visiting www.NicholasSparks.com.
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Safe Haven may be a bit predictable, but what makes it stand out for me was delving into the mind of a control freak. Katie Feldman has a secret she's running from and it's a big one. She's found a safe haven in a small South Carolina town where she can just live life on her own terms, safe from fear. Of course it doesn't last because stories need endings, and too much happiness can ruin a good story like nothing else.
The hero in this story is a man who does the right thing and loves his children. With only this guy, the story would be pure vanilla. Throw in a 'bad guy' who's good at his job and loves his wife, and you've got some swirls of chocolate thrown in that are delicious.
I like that the main character of the story realizes that the world if full of shadows where things aren't as simple as they might seem. I won't give away anything else in the story because I read one review and it spoiled the ending for me.
Safe Haven is just what you'd expect from Nicholas Sparks, but I think that's a good thing.
In some ways, I appreciated the book more this way. The story took longer to unfold and I felt less rushed to get to the "crying" parts of the book, but also, it showed some glaringly slow parts. I liked the characters of Alex and Katie, but found their interaction to be a little cliche. There were some pretty tired jokes made and the dialogue wasn't as witty as I remembered Sparks being.. all in all it felt just a bit transparent, which disappointed me since I loved the relationship in, for example, The Notebook.
Overall, Safe Haven is a worthy addition to Sparks' list of books, but not one of my favorites. I wouldn't recommend the audio, even sitting in a car for 12 hours wasn't enough to keep my interest going at times and I found myself drifting off to sleep, or switching over to listen to music. I think I would have enjoyed the book more had I actually read it.
I haven't necessarily enjoyed every book he's ever written, but there have been a few that stand out. I enjoyed Message in a Bottle and Dear John. However, I'm beginning to wonder what's so great about his writing these days.
I found Safe Haven slow, plodding and, my goodness, I honestly found most of the book boring and repetitious, especially where Kevin, Erin's husband, comes in. I did appreciate the relationship between Katie and Alex, that they were taking time to get to know each other. I'm weary of the jumping to the next intimate level so quickly after introductions. Anyway, simply didn't warm up to this book, or the characters, at all. It was not a "I can't put it down" read. Matter of fact, I had to force myself to finish it. When I have to do that, I know I'm not involved. I found the ending contrived and just plain too fantastical. While I enjoy a nice twist,and I'm all for things of a Heavenly nature, it just felt twisted the way Sparks worked it.
Also, I guess I'm just tired of the beautiful woman/man who everyone can't take their eyes off of. Why can't a woman/man be OK but there's an essence about her/him that draws people. I'm tired of the beautiful people descriptions. Surely writers can use their imaginations to work believable characters, especially along the romance line, who are ordinary yet extraordinary?
If you're a fan of Nicholas Sparks regardless of what he puts out, you'll most definitely feel rewarded. If you've always been lukewarm to the monotony he can often write up,I'd suggest steering clear.
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Nicholas develops such real characters,and encases them. In situations that keep you turning the pages of THEIR lives! Read morePublished 1 hour ago by girly..girl
This is an excellent book, battered women should read this story. It gives some insight into the mine of a wife beater.Published 9 days ago by Robert M. Lucero Jr.
This book is so good. I haven't read a bad book from Nicholas Sparks. With his books you can't go wrong.Published 9 days ago by Susan L. Overcash
not my favorite nicholas sparks book but the ending had me tearing up. easy readPublished 10 days ago by Heather
I loved the book...it kept me involved with all the characters.Published 11 days ago by Diana Totres