Thursday, November 11, 2010

Book Review: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

I have enjoyed many of Nicholas Sparks' books. Although I get tired of the sexual scenes often found in his novels, they are mostly sweet and romantic. And the movies made from them are often satisfying if at times a little racy.

Safe HavenSafe Haven was a little bit of a departure for Sparks. The main plot included his usual romance, but there was also a good suspense that made the book even more of a satisfying read. Since I like books with suspense, I became quite engrossed.

Here is the description of the book from the author's website:

"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."

Yes, I believe Mr. Sparks is as talented with suspense as he is with romance. And I think this book would make a very exciting movie. I recommend it to anyone who likes this kind of novel.

I give Safe Haven 5 out of 5 stars.

(Sorry, FTC, this one was also a library checkout!)


alisonwonderland said...

I've not read the last few of Sparks' books, but I've enjoyed the ones I've read. I'll have to make sure I get this one!

Jeff Rivera said...

His suspense in Safe Haven is one of the most entertaining things I've ever read. It's like you take a perfect ice cream (a romance) and mix in some more differently flavored ice cream (the suspense). Most authors don't experiment, but Nicholas Sparks is one that loves to experiment. I guess I should try experimenting a little bit in one of my new love stories I am writing, I'm wondering how will it come out.