Sparks, Nicholas. Safe Haven. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2010. Print.
Written By: Nicholas Sparks
Reviewed By: Bryanna Camacho
Recommended Audience: High School Students/ Young Adults
Safe Haven, written by Nicholas Sparks, is a book were we see love, fear, friendship, family, and controversial issue of domestic abuse. Once you start reading it, it’s hard to put the book down. This book is about a new mysterious young woman, Katie, who is new to the small North Carolina town of Southport. She shows up to Southport thin, hungry, scared, and with no money. Her sudden arrival raises questions about her past, especially to a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young kids, Alex. Alex who used to be in the CID department of the Army had learned to read people, in Katie he saw fear, but he couldn’t figure out what she was running for. Another person who befriends Katie is her new neighbor Jo, eventually Jo and Alex bring Katie out of her shell and make her happy again.
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. Eventually Alex is able to get Katie to reveal what she is running from and about her past life and what made her go to Southport. Her and Jo talk every once in a while and soon turn out to be real good friends. The relationship with Alex seem perfect at first, but Katie is vaguely aware that perfect things can’t last forever.
So what does she have to do when her past lurks around the corner and threatens to take the life of her and the life of the man she loves? Katie needs to realize 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 safe haven.
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