Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 4.5/5
My review: First of all, I must say that I didn’t plan on reading this book and haven’t read the plot summary before starting it (which I encourage you to do too), I just started it because I liked the cover and Nicholas Sparks’ writing (as I’ve read a couple of his books already). I was surprised because the book turned out to be so good.
The story follows mysterious 20- something Katie who suddenly arrives in Southport and rents a tiny cottage at the end of a gravel lane. She gets a waitress job in a nearby restaurant for which she’s thankful for as she had no money to even buy some food after paying for the rent. However, she keeps avoiding people and when someone tries to talk to her she gets so startled. [ You get so curious to learn what brought her to Southport.] But you can’t avoid people forever and soon she makes friends with her only neighbor Jo, who brings some light into Katie’s life with her overflowing positiveness. Then she also meets widowed Alex, owner of the nearby store and she quickly becomes friends with his children and him and her life starts getting so much better, she can’t quite believe it, when suddenly the life she left behind starts haunting her. The reader learns about her tragic story.
After you read 100 hundred pages, the book genre switches from romance to suspense. It was a good combination actually. I simply flied through the last 100 pages as the story’s got me so thrilled. And I was glad to see how the story ended, though I wish there were more details to the ending. [ I can even name what I also wanted to see in the end of this story, but if I write it, the book will be spoiled for you.]
Overall, it was a quick nice read, but at same time it touched some serious issues. Nicholas Sparks has a talent for capturing the bond between parents and children, women and men; for capturing friendships and this summer-feeling in his novels!