“That’s the thing about life. A lot of the time, it isn’t easy at all. We just have to try to make the best of it.”

Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven, p. 73

I have some conflicting feelings when it comes to the book, Safe Haven as I love the movie, however, I found it difficult for the book to hold my attention. It was a good read, it’s just very slow-paced. At least to me. I suppose it doesn’t help that I favor romantic suspense books more-so than I do straightforward romance.

When I started reading this book I had the movie stuck in my head as well and there are some very big differences between the two. Surprise! (Not). Not only was Katie, aka Erin, a blonde that turns brunette instead of the other way around, the whole situation with her abusive husband and how things come about with Alex finding out is completely different. Books equal more details of course, which always makes me happy when there’s more to the story, but in this case, I wish the book held some suspense with the plot as it did with the movie. Pretty much from the beginning, Katie is spilling things to Alex about her abusive cop of a husband instead of how it is in the movie where he finds out from a wanted poster in the police station. Of course, in the book Alex is also ex-military who handled situations like hers for a living and he catches on pretty quickly to what she’s going through. There is no mention of this whatsoever in the movie.

What also lacked for me was the tension between the two of them, I wish there was more of it. When there are tense times between a couple, to me, it brings them even closer to each other once they’ve worked things through. But the happenings for them throughout the story were just entirely too simple. Their relationship was too easy going. There’s a lack of attention-grabbing situations throughout the story but overall I do suppose it’s a good book to read if you’re looking for something to pass the time. It’s not one that I expect to read over and over again.

About Safe Haven

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.


A list of Nicholas Sparks’ books can be found on his site here – Book List


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?

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