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
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!
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.
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
I like books that have a complete ending. The book could continue on if the author so chooses but I highly recommend this story.
I liked that the ending was a great climax.
The last scene where."Joe" comes to be known.
Katie. I'm in a similar position.
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.
This was a great story and I enjoyed it very much.
When you find out the "truth" about Jo.
One of my favorites! I love Nicholas Sparks!
Love the true love twists!
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.
She was good
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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