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Safe Haven Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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SeenThe Notebook? Did you cry? By the same author, this tale will have you sobbing again, only this time with suspense, not heartbreak Look (An) endearing yet heart-breaking love story. Beautifully moving, each page leaves you guessing until the very last twist Easy Living 'Spark's speciality is gripping stories that deal with human frailties and the power of emotions. An ideal summer romance' Lancashire Evening Post 'Any one wondering if Sparks is worth purchasing, my answer is yes. He's a brilliant author and I'm a convert now!' www.chicklitreviews.co.uk Compellingly written and with an unexpected twist at the end, Safe Haven will keep readers engrossed until its full, terrifying climax. Keep a sofa cushion handy Take a Break --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include fourteen #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all of his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eleven of Nicholas Sparks's novels--The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle--have been adapted into major motion pictures.
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The journey of a young Widower raising 2 very young children alone. He loves them so fiercely, he always worries he needs to be more. He still loves and misses the wife he lost 2 years ago.
It's also about a woman with a very harsh, violent, and brutal past. She wants to feel safe, but doesn't think she ever can. She has been running from her past. She's changed her appearance and found a beautiful little town she's afraid to call home. Trust won't be easy for her. From a small distance, he watches her interact with his daughter, and is caught off guard with how this affects his heart. He wants to talk with her, but senses he could easily scare this woman away. His instincts are very good at understanding her fragile nature, but he also knows she has a strength he admires. A little help from her neighbour gets her started with basic trust and a special friendship. Her neighbor also tries to play matchmaker for the 2 main characters.
This story takes you to very dark places. It's not just heartache or loss, or the usual things in a love story. There is also true suspense, very different journeys in life, and the story is told from several character's points of view. I think it's told in such a way, you will stay up all night, as I did to follow these characters stories till the very last page. The ending is incredible. How nice to find a story about love where you think it's your typical walk in the sunset together....The End. There are Sunsets, but the ending was just so amazing. Read this book!
Alex Wheatley is a widower in the small town of Southport, North Carolina, struggling to raise his two young children alone following the death of his wife a couple of years earlier. Katie is the mysterious beauty who has recently moved to town, taken up a job waitressing, and clearly prefers to keep to herself. These two gradually fall for each other and Alex (who used to be an investigator for the Army's Criminal Investigative Division) gradually pieces together the secrets of Katie's past.
I like that these two seemed to fall in love gradually and over a reasonable amount of time. And that they didn't rush into the bedroom together. And I'm pleased that their feelings for each other did seem to germinate from some truly meaningful connections like her easy way with his kids and a shared appreciation for Dickens. I just wished it had run a little deeper somehow.
In many ways, this book accurately depicted (minor spoiler alert) domestic violence . . . and I admire the book's ability to shed some light on that difficult dynamic.
But, overall, I found the book to drag somewhat. And I found a lot of faults with the character of Katie's neighbor, Jo, which was much better done in the movie. Also, and this is a minor complaint, but it says that Alex retired from the Army after ten years of service . . . and that is inconsistent with how military retirements work. I know it may seem like a small point, but the details do count.
I wanted to love this book as much as I enjoyed the movie, but it just fell somewhat flat.
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." ([nicholas sparks dot com])
From the very first moment that I began reading this book I could not put it down. I really appreciate the way Mr. Sparks simplifies his characters without putting too much into their emotions. He lets his readers embrace what his characters are feeling without forcing their emotions onto us. This author really has a knack for stripping his characters' souls bare and giving them the finest qualities, while still keeping them human; faults and all.
If you ever want a well-rounded book, that is not rushed, has a beginning, middle and end that is not two days of seriously unbelievable action packed...then this is definitely the book for you.
If you love this book....then you will like all his other books. This man is the greatest thing since sliced bread!
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