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Safe Haven Paperback – August 2, 2011
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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.
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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i thoroughly enjoy the book. I really enjoy Nicholas Sparks booksPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the movie so I wanted to read the book. The book was amazing!! It followed the movie and was extremely detailed!!Published 2 days ago by Tamara McKinney
The book was very interesting it had some different points covered compared to the movie. Not sure which I like better the movie or the book!Published 3 days ago by Sally Kiecker
This books was very good... But so much different from the movie.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
A beautiful, loving story. Enjoyable reading, excellently written like always by Nicholas Sparks!Published 5 days ago by Florence Hatfield
Awesome book, loved the surprise at the end! Didn't see it coming.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I think I liked it mostly because I liked the movie. The setting was beautiful. I also like the mysterious and suspenseful tone of the story. Read morePublished 8 days ago by W. Black
Safe Haven is another excellent book by Nicholas Sparks. it was predictable, but still enjoyable. I love the North Carolina settings.Published 9 days ago by Mary A. DeSimone