This one is going to be a short one, folks! I’m getting down to the last few books on my shelves that need to be read for the #unreadshelfproject2018, and Safe Haven is one that I knew would be easy to cross off the list. I love Nicholas Sparks for the same reason I love Sarah Dessen- I know exactly what kind of book it will be, minus a few plot twists, and they’re meant to be heartwarming, quick reads. So, without further ado…
We are introduced to Katie, a woman who is clearly running from her past. She’s landed in Southport, North Carolina, and she’s trying to maintain a low profile. As her story unfolds, we learn that she has a terrible, abusive husband who is determined to track her down. She’s run away from him before, unsuccessfully, and she knows if he catches up to her this time, she’ll be dead.
Running parallel with Katie’s story, we meet Alex, widower and father of two. It’s been years since his wife’s passing, but he’s still not sure if he’s ready to fill the empty space in his heart. He stays busy, trying to be a good dad and keeping up with his business, a local general store that tailors to the small town coastal vibe. However, he can’t help but notice Katie, nor ignore the butterflies he gets when she’s around. He can sense her animosity, but he gets the sense that she’s got a story he’d like to hear.
Slowly, the two become friends, and though they are clearly attracted to each other, they both are hesitant. Katie doesn’t want to get too close for fear that she may have to take off at any given moment if her husband finds her, and Alex is respectfully afraid to push her into any sort of commitment, along with dealing with his residual feelings for his wife.
Then, the husband comes into the picture. Sparks knows how to make you fall for the main characters, and then how to keep you turning the pages until the very end. As the couple find there way to happiness, you’ll be kept on the edge of your seat trying to figure out how they get there! As always, it’s a little predictable and cliche, but I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories, so I don’t mind. Plus, this book totally got me in a summer mood, which is what I needed in this crappy Kentucky spring!