Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks

“Love hurts.  There is nothing as painful as heartbreak.  But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past.  Beautiful yet unassuming, Katie is determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships.

Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to lower her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community.  But even as Katie starts to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her…”

I was lucky enough to win this paperback from a giveaway run by @BtweentheSheets on Twitter.

Straight away I was intrigued by Katie – there were hints of trouble in her past and I was keen to find out exactly what that trouble was. An overwhelming feeling of sadness surrounded Katie and I quickly felt protective towards her.  She was leading a simple new life with only the basic essentials that she needed, this made me feel that something pretty bad had happened previously to make her live in that way.

Alex also seemed very sad although the reason for that was explained quite early on in the story.  The scenes with him and his children were lovely to read, there were some real ‘awwwwww’ moments which made him a very likeable character in my eyes.

I was relieved when Katie began to open up about her history and the reasons why she was in Southport, although I found some of it difficult to read I felt that this information made me understand her character much better.

Katie’s new friend Jo was interesting, I felt glad that she was there for Katie but I couldn’t really figure out her place in the story, it wasn’t until quite near the end that it all became clear.

Kevin had some serious issues and the author did an amazing job making me believe his craziness, he was a character who I pictured very easily thanks to the writing and by the end I really feared his appearances.

The whole story was written beautifully, some of it had a very calming effect on me and other more manic moments really got my heart pounding.  I particularly enjoyed reading the letters – the first caused tears to stream down my face and the second gave me goosebumps as something strange was revealed.

A fantastic read filled with real issues and a touching romance.

Safe Haven can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Nicholas Sparks visit his website here.