Title: Safe Haven
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Quotes from the Novel:
“Acceptance helps people move on with the rest of their lives.”
“People hide the truth because they are afraid.”
“Everybody lies. Its part of living in society. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s necessary.”
“That’s what courage is. If she weren’t scared she wouldn’t need courage in the first place.”
“That’s the thing about life. A lot of time it isn’t easy at all. We just have to try to make the best of it.”
“I hate him, but I hate myself too.”
“Love doesn’t mean anything if you’re not willing to make a commitment.”
“And that’s why I think that somehow we were meant to find each other.”
“How can I describe how much I love you? Is it even possible to describe a lot like that?”
“I never knew that a touch could be so meaningful or an expression so eloquent.”
“I never knew that a kiss could literally take my breath away.”
“You are and always have been everything I’ve always wanted in a husband.”
“My life is infinitely better for having you in it.”
“It scares me to know that all of this will be ending soon.”
“Love can hurt, love can also heal.”
“Nothing wonderful last forever. Joy was as fleeting as a shooting star that crossed the evening sky, ready to blink out at any moment.”
“It’s never too late to do the right things.”
“Everyone has a past, but that’s just it–it’s in the past. You can learn from it, but you can’t change it.”
I’m glad I haven’t watched the film yet which added to the the “surprise” factor to it.
When I’m reading a Sparks book, I anticipate a lot of things:
– it will make me cry
– it will surprise me
– someone will die/have died
– it’ll be a heavy drama
Everything happened as anticipated but this time, in a different timeline and much more different from his previous works.
The story was enraging. Infuriating.
That was the feeling I had as I read the first half of the book.
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
Towards the end, as the conflict starts to arise, my heart doesn’t stop pounding (Yes, I’m so into it) because I have been anticipating that Katie or Alex will die. Or either of the kids maybe. It kept me on my toes.
But, I had the best feeling after because at last, he ended it happily (which rarely happens) and the story didn’t end there. There is a “WHHHAAAATTT???!!!!” reaction towards the end of it with goosebumps on it too!
The ending was my most favorite part because it was unexpected, heartwarming and was so surprising.
Two thumbs up! Now, I can watch the movie. ~!~ I missed reading his works.
This certainly isn’t a traditional sappy love story that Sparks usually writes. Sure it has the love story and it’s set in North Carolina, but he puts in an element of danger. I have read all of his books and I love them all, however I am definitely tired of the “I love you” on the first date that practically occurs in all of his novels.
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