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Safe Haven | [Nicholas Sparks]

Safe Haven

When 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 begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Nicolas Sparks (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    Courtney Raleigh, NC, United States 10-21-10
    Courtney Raleigh, NC, United States 10-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A Different Spin on Nicholas Sparks!"

    I LOVE Nicholas Sparks novels, but they can be somewhat predictable. This novel was the first to keep me wondering every second what would happen. You become attached to the characters he builds up, and he does a great job of setting up the climax of the novel by telling the story from 2 different perspectives. This was more mystery-romance than any others he has done so far and I loved it!

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    09-28-10
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    "Unexpected Ending"

    This book begins much the same as all of Nicholas Sparks books, with likeable characters that you feel like you would like to befriend, or already know. "Safe Harbor" will keep you listening with a "Sleeping with the Enemy" theme but ends in a suprising way that makes you wonder why you didn't see it coming, yet leaves you genuinely satisfied with the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judi Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-09-13
    Judi Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow who knew Nicholas Sparks wrote so poorly!"

    I have never listened to or read Nicholas Sparks before. He truly is a terrible writer. I guess he is popular because of the stories which i have experienced in movie form. I listened to this book because I love this narrator but even the best narrator can't make a bad book good.

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    Allyn Eldridge Maine 06-16-13
    Allyn Eldridge Maine 06-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    What made the experience of listening to Safe Haven the most enjoyable?

    Glad I read/listened to this book before I watched the movie. The movie took a lot of poetic license, left a lot of the thought processes out which made up most of the story. Recommend


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    Athena St Johns, NL, Canada 04-26-13
    Athena St Johns, NL, Canada 04-26-13
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    "Great story with a twist!"
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    it was a great listen, I don't read a lot of his books because they all seem the same; however this was a pleasant change from his usual plot line.

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    Rebecca Warren, MA, United States 03-23-13
    Rebecca Warren, MA, United States 03-23-13
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    "perfect ending!"
    Where does Safe Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like books that have a complete ending. The book could continue on if the author so chooses but I highly recommend this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the ending was a great climax.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene where."Joe" comes to be known.


    If you could take any character from Safe Haven out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Katie. I'm in a similar position.


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    diana United States 03-11-13
    diana United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst book he has ever written"
    What aspect of Rebecca Lowman’s performance would you have changed?

    She was good


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I got the abridged version. We are reading this for book club and I've already had people say they won't finish it.

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    L. Biscay California 12-18-12
    L. Biscay California 12-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Sparks, In my experience"
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    This is my third Sparks novel and I’m becoming a big fan. I say it's a classic Sparks’s novel because it’s based in a small town in North Carolina, there is a heroine you can relate to and feel for, a strong hero, and a nasty villain. I really enjoyed this storyline and just recently I saw a preview for a movie, which is no surprise that yet another Sparks novel will be translated to fit on the big screen. I felt the narration was very well done and I enjoyed her range of characters.

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    Deanna SUMNER, WA, United States 12-05-12
    Deanna SUMNER, WA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Safe Haven to be better than the print version?

    This was a great story and I enjoyed it very much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Safe Haven?

    When you find out the "truth" about Jo.


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    Great performance!


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    Karen CARNEY, MICHIGAN, United States 11-29-12
    Karen CARNEY, MICHIGAN, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very happy to see this coming out as a movie!!"
    Where does Safe Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites! I love Nicholas Sparks!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the true love twists!


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen!

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