Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a captivating love story filled with suspense and mystery.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 wi...

Details Safe Haven

TitleSafe Haven
Release DateDec 19th, 2017
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreRomance, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews Safe Haven

  • K.D. Absolutely
    I almost liked this book. Almost an added star. This is my 4th Sparks book. Message in a Bottle (2 stars). The Lucky One (1 star). Three Weeks With My Brother (1 star).This is the winning book for February 2011 Bestseller Book chosen by The Filipino Group here in Goodreads. I bought this book at regular price. I waited for the mass paperback (cheaper) edition but it is almost a year now since this book came out. February just started and I was ab...
  • Buggy
    Opening line:“As Katie wound her way among the tables, a breeze from the Atlantic rippled through her hair."Wow, this is definitely one of the better Sparks books I’ve read, I sure hope he keeps going in this darker, less sappy direction with the next book too. I picked up SAFE HAVEN during a very busy time in my life and still found it unputdownable. Full of twists and turns, mystery and surprise and a HUGE suspense factor throughout. Of cou...
  • TJ
    2.5 rounded upIt's not so much that there is anything bad about this book, it is just that it is.... boring. A very large portion of the story is devoted to describing the day to day life of the characters who live in a small, seaside town. What one does as they get up, what they eat, how they cook, the routine conversations between family members, what they buy at the grocery store, which tablecloth to put out etc. etc., comprises not only most ...
  • Jessica
    This book, in my opinion, was completely different from any other book I've read of Sparks'. And that is a good thing! I would classify this book as a romantic suspense, or even a suspense in general. There were many instances where my heart was racing, and I couldn't find the strength to put the book down. And, as with all of Sparks' book, I found myself tearing up in parts. But not for the normal mushy-gushy reasons. Instead, I was crying becau...
  • Sandra
    That ending! I did not see that coming... Ahhhh I'm literally speechless and my heart is racing!-------------------------------I should start off by saying that I already knew I would love this book before actually reading it. I've been a huge Nicholas Sparks fan since high school! Happy to say I loved this and I was captivated from the very beginning. I know his writing style can be a bit difficult to get used to, and some people find it boring....
  • Dianna
    This is a MUST read for anyone in an abusive relationship. It will give you the courage needed to escape. I have a personal friend who did this exact thing and now her life is much better. When I listened to her tell her story it sounded exactly like Safe Haven. Nicholas Sparks is a wonderful writer. You can see truth in his writing.
  • Karen
    I bought this book on a whim. All the ladies at my workplace seem to be reading it and I keep overhearing them rave about it. It's Nicholas Sparks best book yet! When I got up to the register the lady ringing me up said, "Ooh, Nicholas Sparks! I love his books. They're soo good. Oh, and look! It's going to be a movie. Gotta see that one." Mind you I had two other books in the pile, not a word about those. I didn't have high expectations for this ...
  • Megs ♥
    This was my first time reading Nicholas Sparks. I never even seen any of the movies. I must say I am a new fan, for sure. This story was truly beautiful. I don't know if I can even explain why I loved this book so much. The characters are great, the romance is done well, and the conclusion was deeply satisfying. I am eager to see the film, now!When I think of NS I think gooshy, sappy romance with a hint of sadness...that's what I always hear his ...
  • Myonlycookie
    I hadn't read a Nicholas Sparks book since high school, after my friends insisted I read The Notebook (and I didn't like it...) So I don't know what possessed me to pick this one up, except that upon reading the description, it was supposed to be different than Sparks' other work. I wanted to give him another try. I'm not disappointed I did, though this book rated only 2 stars for me.Brief summary is that Katie is a mysterious new woman in town (...
  • Pam
    5 stars The emotions attached to them were like sand castles in the tide, slowly washing out to sea., What a beautiful, heart wrenching story! I loved Katie’s strength and Alex’s devotion to his kids and the people he cares about. Katie’s journey kept me glued to the page and seeing her open herself up to Alex and his kids was beautiful… I can’t really give away too much and I’m so glad I haven’t seen the movie (which I hope to re...
  • Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
    Well I just finished this book and let me just say that I have never been so happy to have puffs tissues in my house. My eyes are so swollen from crying its crazy. This was defiantly one of the darker books I've read from sparks. However, it still managed to rip me apart and them put me back together again... Sorta. I always lose a part of myself with a good book. I feel this is also the reason why some books stay with me for a while and why thes...
  • pink (not just another shade of red)
    Small, close-knit, picturesque town. Check.Good people with good family values. Check.A terminal illness or two. Check.Long paragraphs devoted to describing the view and the weather. Check.Long, serious conversations. Reminiscing of sob stories. Check. Check.Tearjerkers. Check.It's undoubtly Nicholas Sparks'. I'd know even if I hadn't heard about the book and found it with covers ripped off and title and author's name missing.But for once-and I c...
  • Lisa
    People don't understand why I dislike Nicholas Sparks' books. Here's what I think... I think he wrote a pretty good novel--The Notebook--out of the gate. And then, because he had a fabulous smile and was a man who seemed to understand true romance and could write about it minus the smut, he got assigned to the best PR person in the history of publishing.Sparks is a mediocre writer at best. His plots might have a seed of promise, but the writing r...
  • MaryG2E
    There is no doubt that you can rely on Nicholas Sparks to deliver a warm-hearted, well-written piece of contemporary fiction which combines romance with drama and current community issues. In Safe Haven he does not fail to deliver. This is an entertaining story, with just the right mix of elements, that engaged this reader from the opening pages.Katie is working hard as a waitress at Ivan’s cafe, in coastal Southport, NC, and living in a run-do...
  • Britany
    Southport, North Carolina sets the stage for this book. Katie is running from a bad relationship right into the arms of Alex, the local store owner who has two adorable kids and is a widower. As with most predictable love stories by Mr. Sparks the bad relationship catches up to the good one-- this one ending with a massive firestorm and a unrealistic twist that doesn't quite make the heart strings pull. I found this one overly wrought with scenes...
  • Kiefer Niñonuevo
    This is my 3rd book from Nicholas Sparks, and just by the 3rd book I already know Sparks' writing formula. The beginning was sort of a drag since I already know what to expect from the way in which the author would set the tone of the story, introduce the characters as to who's the good, the bad, and the one we should watch out for, etc. What caught my attention was the latter half part of the book, and the twist at the end (The Sixth Sense much)...
  • Kyla Harris
    Plot - 20/20 - full of plot twistsCharacters - 20/20 - very complex, you'll get emotionally attachedCreativity - 20/20 - with all the plot twist it made this book so creative and uniqueWriting - 20/20 - dark, suspenseful, emotional, hopeful, happy, EVERYTHING! All the feels!Pace - 10/10 - super fast pacedEnding - 10/10 - perfection. the ending was perfect 100/100 = A++ 5/5 stars *Mild Spoilers*My heart feels like it's been ripped out of my chest...
  • Vaso
    Αρκετές πρωτιές με συγγραφείς φέτος και χαίρομαι που μέχρι τώρα έχουν στεφθεί με επιτυχία.Πρώτη φορά βιβλίο του Nicholas Sparks λοιπόν. Δεν είναι απλά άλλη μια ρομαντική ιστορία. Περιέχει μηνύματα διαχείρησης πένθους και ενδοοικογενειακής βίας. Πιο πο...
  • Mel
    I am still one of those people that enjoys Nicholas Sparks books and movies. I really prefer to read the book before I watch the movie, so I've owned the movie since it came out but never watched it. This was the first TBR takedown book and I am happy to say this seems to be working well, and now I don't have to unhaul this book.I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The story is a typical story for him to write but I still liked it nonet...
  • Marilena ⚓
    Εντάξει σε ορισμένα σημεία το βρήκα λίγο υπερβολικό,όμως η ιστορία είχε ενδιαφέρον!
  • Marijan
    sve skupa kad se zbroji, malo je meh
  • Kristen Nace
    OK, I really need to stop reading Nicholas Sparks. Everytime I read something by him I think "Right. That's it. I will not waste anymore time in my precious short life reading his bland, shmaltzy, velveeta cheese like substance novels. But then one of the many people (and yes, well educated people) I know will say "Oh, but Kristen, you should read his latest book. You'll like this one." I fall for it everytime. This book, I was told by numerous p...
  • Reem Alomari
    The book is another romantic novel by Nicholas sparks that took place in South Carolina. I loved the fact that this book had an element of suspense added to it. It was difficult for me to put down this book and it took me less time to finish it than I anticipated. I once came home and sat on the couch and stayed there reading every word of the book for three straight hours without noticing the hours that went by. I loved the plot, the choices of ...
  • Mahoghani 23
    Much better than the movie! It depicts the story from the wife as well as the husband point of view. It provided insight into what she suffered as a wife and endured the painful beatings, how she got away and the measures she took to survive. From her husbands' point of view she was to blame for him losing control and doing the things he did. He could quote scripture well but it never says in the Bible to beat your wife and keep her prisoner in y...
  • Erin
    If you're a Nicholas Sparks fan, you probably already knew what to expect for his newest book, Safe Haven, which was released this past week: a love story set in small-town North Carolina that will probably make you cry. It's definitely a formula, but one that works. Why mess with success, right?Well, it turns out that this one strays a little bit form the formula, but I still think it counts as a success. Part of the variation from the norm are ...
  • edzkie♥§*.*§♥
    “I've come to believe that in everyone's life, there's one undeniable moment of change, a set of circumstances that suddenly alters everything.” Since I'm in the mood for a movie marathon and I had read this book before I decided to see it on movie. And again the movie is much better. Although I give the book version 4 stars after watching the movie it earns a lot of additional stars. I love the suspense, romance, magic and second shot for l...
  • Pam Nelson
    4 Safe Heaven StarsI have never read a Nicholas Sparks book before, and this one always had me wondering and wanting to read it. I watched the movie as we do. But I have to say.. I like the movie more than the book. But the book gives us more insight into just how unstable Katie/Erin’s husband really was. Having read the book I understand the movie more. I very much enjoyed the book and the movie, but I think what I love best about the book was...
  • Kassidy
    I LOVED this book!!! Seriously... all the feels. I fell in love with all of the characters especially Josh and Kristen =]. I really enjoyed Alex and Katie's relationship, it was so sweet and real. I most definitely cried and I really loved the ending. I only had one problem: (I'm going to try to say this without spoiling anything :) ) I wish the book focused more on the present and the relationship between Alex and Katie and not as much on Katie'...
  • Carrie
    Talk about heart pounding! It’s like "Hope Floats" meets "Sleeping with the Enemy"! Great read! I couldn't put it down and now that I'm done with it I'm finding I want to go back and read it again.Sparks' characters were as vivid as they come; full of life, history and emotion. The aura that distends from Katie, it's like you could feel everything she went through. Sparks pulls you into his story and throws you into his characters' lives with a...
  • Zoey
    This is my first Nicholas Sparks read & I loved it. More Romantic Suspense/Thriller than just straight Romance. Even though you have good idea of what’s coming (even more so if like me you saw the movie first) the suspense is still there & has you on the edge of your seat waiting to see “will he find her & what will happen if he does”. Initially I wasn’t sure about the chapters seeing things from the husbands P.O.V, just really wanted to ...