“Maybe I don’t want to be defined by what I do. Maybe I’d like to be defined by what I am.” ~Safe Haven
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks: 5/5 Stars
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.
*This review does contain spoilers*
I haven’t done a review with some spoilers in a while and since I gave this book a five-star rating I thought it would be perfect to talk about completely. Anyway, let’s start this review! I really loved this book by Nicholas Sparks and for some reason I wasn’t sure I would like this book too much. It’s probably because I don’t read too many romance type novels, but this one had pretty good plot twists in it. I also love the writing style of Nicholas Sparks, it all just flows so perfectly which makes it easy to read for hours.
The characters were very interesting and obviously characters are an important part of a novel. I like to talk about the characters because they are what makes the book good or bad, or at least they are in my opinion. My favorite character would probably be Kristen because she was so cute and sweet. Obviously I loved the main character Katie, she’s a strong and brave character. This is evident as she must run from her abusive husband Kevin. Honestly, at times I felt bad for Kevin but it was always short-lived for he’s insane.
Katie gets away from Kevin and meets Alex and obviously they are perfect for each other. I love them as a couple they’re so adorable especially how she’s so sweet to his kids like a mother. Carly was Alex’s deceased wife and my favorite part of the whole novel was the end when you find out Katie’s friend Jo was actually the ghost of Carly. I know that sounds weird, but it’s so cool to me. I just couldn’t believe it when I found out.
This book, like I’ve said before, kept my attention throughout the whole novel. I couldn’t put it down as it neared the end, because there was so much action going on! Kevin found her, Alex wasn’t there, Katie had to face her fears, Kevin set the house on fire, etc. I just couldn’t believe that Kevin would actually set the house on fire though. So, obviously the book was very good and Sparks knew how to get and keep my attention throughout. I thought maybe Kevin would just end up getting Katie not try to kill her and her newfound family. So, Kevin wasn’t a favorite if you couldn’t tell but he definitely added to the excitement of the story.
I also enjoyed the plot of the book as it was pretty interesting and entertaining. It wasn’t dull or boring which is always a plus when reading, so that did help enhance my experience. This book wasn’t too fast paced or too slow it was pretty consistent which I loved.
Overall this was a very good and interesting novel as it had both romance and some action. I enjoyed this book by Nicholas Sparks and I would definitely recommend this if you’ve read some of his other books or if you just like romantic dramas.
I hope y’all enjoyed this review and I hope it isn’t too short. I don’t really talk about scenes in my reviews, because it’s just how I feel about a book and I don’t feel like I need to be describing the book to you. I probably only ever talk about scenes if it’s bad or good and stands out to me, but even then that’s never in-depth about the scene it’s more my feelings about it. However, if y’all would prefer me to change it up and talk more about the book and go into more depth about some main events in it then I would be more than happy to do that. Just comment down below if you have any positive critiques in my reviews.