I saw the trailer for the film adaption of this book and originally ignored it. But the trailer would play incessantly during the commercial breaks as I was watching shows on Hulu. Eventually, the suspense got to me so I was like, “What the hay… it’s only 8 bucks.” I was a little embarrassed that I got this book because I don’t go for romance novels, but Safe Haven was astounding.
Safe Haven begins with a young woman named Katie who works at a diner and lives by herself. She keeps to herself because she’s carrying a secret, but then she meets her next door neighbor Jo who helps her to open up and encourages her to pursue interest in the local store owner, Alex, who was recently widowed and has two children. From there a beautiful relationship unfolds. Katie’s mothering nature makes her a natural with his kid’s and Alex’s protective nature makes him want to take care of Katie. Soon Katie’s past starts to catch up with her and puts everyone she loves in danger.
This was an unexpectedly excellent read. It wasn’t superficial, lovey-dovey fluff. The characters are deep, you see their flaws, and the conflicts are believable. Without giving the plot away, Safe Haven was certainly an eye-opener with a psychological twist. I’m glad Nicholas Sparks wrote this book. The ending was unexpected and I have no idea if I believe that aspect of the story. My only disappointment was that I didn’t get to see how Katie’s and Alex’s relationship grew or how the children adjusted after everything or that I wasn’t able to see more of Alex’s reaction to crucial events. My last remaining question is why Alex was reckless when it came to his children knowing Katie’s past. Aside from that, I was unexpectedly shocked and pleased with this novel.