Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks: A Review by Amanda Sweeney

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks: A Review by Amanda Sweeney
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
As reviewed by our resident book lover Amanda Sweeney
This review is also on the AngloStore and La Bouquinerie Anglaise websites.

Safe Haven is one of Nicholas Sparks’ most recent novels. It was published in September 2010 and is already awaiting its theatre release date this upcoming Valentine’s Day (how convenient!).

Having read numerous Nicholas Sparks books over the years, I thought I knew what to expect from this novel. Like others before it, the book is set in a small town in North (sometimes South) Carolina and it tells the story of two characters falling in love in their own unique way.

Safe_Haven_BookHowever, this book took a turn in a direction that I had never been exposed to in the Sparks novels I’d previously read which include The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Lucky One, The Wedding, Nights In Rodanthe, The Last Song, and Dear John.

Safe Haven, in addition to tugging at your heart-strings, will have your eyes glued to its pages and you breathing in inconsistent patterns. I would definitely classify this book as a romantic-thriller.

Main character Katie Feldman, also known as Erin, moves to North Carolina and struggles to establish a life different from the one she left behind. Like clockwork she meets Alex Wheatley, widowed father of two children, who owns the local gas station/grocery store.

As the book goes on, Katie begins to let her guard down despite her bruised and broken (quite literally) past. The two characters, Katie and Alex, explore what it is like to embark upon something new at a cautious and slow pace. This is one of the only aspects of the book that is slow.

I’ve never been so fearful that the characters were not going to see the light of another day. Sparks knew exactly how much to push the action while keeping the readers’ attention and not going dramatically overboard.

Readers of this book will be exposed to blood, broken bones, vandalism, gunshots, and twists that cannot even be slightly mentioned without giving a major part of the book completely away.

By the end of the novel, the reader is left knowing that “while love can hurt, love can also heal…” and that love truly is a safe haven.

Although the movie is coming out in within the week, it is still possible to pick up a copy and read it front to back in 24 hours. TRUST me, it’s do-able. I am eagerly waiting to get my ticket for the film adaptation where I’m sure I’ll see, once again, just how good Nicholas Sparks can turn a great story into a great movie that can be watched over and over.

The book or movie would be a great way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day!” to your special someone. Just a thought…

Safe Haven can be made available at your local English book store AngloStore. Order your copy today!

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9781455546824

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