Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

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I loved the thrill and mystery in the story, which is woven together with nostalgia and devotion.
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Synopsis

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

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.
 

About Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list. Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many 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. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
 
Published September 14, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. 355 pages
Genres: Other, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Safe Haven
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

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Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on Sep 14 2010

Nicholas Sparks's bevy of fans will be wowed by SAFE HAVEN. But I also predict this book will attract many new admirers.

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About.com

Excellent
Reviewed by John M. Formy-Duval on Sep 01 2010

Sparks has woven a more complex, more gothic tale than usual. Sure to please his legion of fans.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by DreaH on Sep 01 2010

I only have one issue with Safe Haven: it was an archetypical Nicholas Sparks novel.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Kay Quintin on Sep 27 2010

I loved the thrill and mystery in the story, which is woven together with nostalgia and devotion.

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It's Time to Read

Good
Reviewed by Katie

This is a great book. The ending was fast moving and the storyline was lovely. I think Sparks dealt with the issue of domestic abuse and death very well.

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M Live

Good
Reviewed by Maryellen Brooks on Jun 26 2011

Sparks’ characters are strong, well-rounded and all true to his development of this suspenseful love story.

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Just Honest

Below average
Reviewed by Nanda on Oct 31 2012

If it had been a different story, I might have liked it, but in Safe Haven, the ending was a bit random.

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