Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
adult fiction, alternate views, contemporary, family, love, mature, social issues
3/5 -worth the read
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.
I enjoyed reading this. I liked it from the beginning and maybe it slowed a little throughout, but I never lost interest. It reminded me of the movie Sleeping with the Enemy, which I watched quite a bit growing up.
I absolutely hated the end and it just left this bad taste; even though the whole book was a decent read.
I liked how Katie really came through at the end and didn't rely on somebody else to save her.
I really hated the whole thing with Carly and Jo. And that being the absolute last thing in the book it's what sticks with you.