Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

I’m not sure how I missed this new one that came out at the beginning of September, but I did.  I would have downloaded it right away otherwise.  I really love Nicholas Sparks’ novels.  In fact, his one book, “The Guardian“, is basically the book that got me reading again after going through a reading drought all through school.

In “Safe Haven”, Katie, a pretty young girl in her late 20′s, arrives in a small seaside North Carolina town.  She’s new to the area but is able to get a job as a waitress and finds a rental house in a secluded area away from the main part of town.  She is trying to keep to herself and just work and survive, but she’s drawn into a friendship with her new next door neighbor, Jo, who also just has moved in.  Katie learns a little bit about the town from Jo, particularly about Alex, the owner of a grocery/general store in town that she’s been frequenting.

Alex is handsome, friendly, and has two adorable kids.  Katie is typically on the quiet side when she goes into his store, but Alex tries to talk to her and notices that Katie starts opening up when interacting with his daughter.  One day while Katie is shopping, Alex’s son who was fishing off of the dock behind the store falls into the water.  While Alex jumps in to rescue him, Katie comforts his daughter.  This situation helps to bond Katie to Alex and his family and she finds herself getting in deeper and deeper and developing feelings for all of them.

The problem is, Katie is running.  Katie had escaped a horrible life back up north with an abusive husband.  She randomly chose this small town because she knew that he would have a difficult time finding it.  Katie has purposely tried to not develop friendships or feelings for anyone in the event that she has to pack up and leave immediately if her husband finds her.  She struggles with her developing feelings toward Alex, not wanting to hurt him or the kids.  She finally does admit that she’s falling for Alex and isn’t going to let her past get in the way of their relationship, although what has happened in the past always comes back to haunt…

I really really really (yes, three reallys) liked this book.  I don’t know if I’ve been disappointed by any of Nicolas Sparks’ books (only the movie versions), but I just really liked this one.  I HAVE heard this same story in other books (I know I’ve read other books by other authors with a very similar plot), but the way he tells it is just better.  More romantic.  And I am going to admit that I cried.  Very few books can make me cry, but Nicholas Sparks books often do.  Not till the end, though.

If you’ve read and liked any of Nicholas Sparks’ other books, you must go out and pick this one up (or download it, get it out of a library, whatever you do to obtain books!).  I just hope they don’t make it into a movie because I think it would totally ruin it.  I’m still mad that they casted Miley Cyrus (*gag*) as the lead in “The Last Song“.  I refuse to watch that one.

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