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Book Review: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Drama
Short reaction: Drama with a hint of suspense and unforgettable romance
Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.

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.

My Review

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When Erin finally made her way to escape from his psycho husband Kevin, she decided she’ll start everything new to forget her past but not until her new image as Katie will also haunt her to death. Kevin’s a good detective and he’ll never miss a case especially his wife’s. Fortunately Erin found a place called Southport, a semi-rural and quiet community with simple stores, cabin restaurants and places for fishing that she considered her safe haven where she also found love she never expected to feel again. But question is, will she continue to run and sacrifice Alex or will her newly found true love save her for good? Here are my thoughts:

This is a good story however what made me sick of reading it were the extremely repeated phrases especially from the antagonist Kevin Tierney. I just found it extremely funny how he gets into his psychotic mode on and off cursing and saying verses from the Bible at the same time haha. This shouldn’t have affected my love for Alex and Katie finding new hopes to start off with (but I’m afraid it did – LOL).

Nonetheless, this is about two people who have faced challenging pasts and then still being given a “life” – Alex losing his wife and Katie (actually Erin) who left his detective husband Kevin because he kept on hitting her – treating her like a stupid wife, not letting her have friends, have her own money or enjoy life. He thought he’s a good husband by buying her a nice home, good clothes, furniture and appliances but he’s wrong. He even didn’t want them to have a baby. This has been hard for her as she kept on loving him and treated him the way he wanted for 4 years, cooking and cleaning the house for him without being loved the way she wanted in return. She thought marrying him will give her a safe, happy life but it’s more than the nightmare she went through with her alcoholic parents. That made her plan an escape carrying Katie Feldman’s identity to head miles and miles away from Kevin that detoured her to Southport. She maybe wise enough to get away but her so-good-detective husband still managed to find her.

In Real Life

This is totally another view in real life where no matter how we pretend that we “left” the horrors behind, it continues to haunt unless we get guidance from God and face it. We can’t face anything alone either so He always have sent someone who could be with us while facing these challenges in life – be it family, a husband/wife or a new friend. Life is about challenges but don’t get me wrong, it also gives the best rewards in the end like a fairy tale (we just don’t notice at all).

PS. The suspense when Kevin found out a lead from Gladys Feldman to find her long lost wife Erin got me to stick to it until the end. It was bloody and full of fire as hell!

PSS. Carly’s letters made me cry. You’ll know when you read it.

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