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 let down 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….
©2010 Nicholas Sparks (P)2010 Hachette Audio
"This story will tug at the heartstrings like never before." (OK!)
"An A-grade romantic read." (Cosmopolitan)
"A bittersweet love story." (In Style Magazine)
I completely loved the way we can find romance, courage, family trust and new beginnings in this book.
It's amazing how we get hooked to the story. We laugh, we cheer... We want a happy ending and it comes, but not exactly the way we're expecting. The story is great from the beginning to the end, but the end definitely comes with a great surprise. I've also watched the movie. The story was adapted and many things changed. It turned out really nice as well. My tip is: read the book and then watch the movie for comparisons. Both versions come differently, but they're both worth of your time.
Sparks: never unless I was totally convinced that this book was the exception, not the rule.Lowman: definitely. She reads in a pleasant voice, and she is good with the dialects (as far as my Swedish ear can tell, that is). Not her fault that the book is so bad.
No, she was excellent.
Yes, the basic story of trying to get (and stay) away from an abusing husband was indeed thrilling at times.
(Well, I guess this is the review part.) It is sad to see how such a promising story is made so totally conventional and boring. The thriller parts are ok, and for natural reasons you really feel for the protagonist, but the author does not create any spark in the "Safe Haven" love story whatsoever. And even more serious, he does not *show* us what everyone is feeling and thinking, only constantly *telling* us. While that works reasonably ok for getting inside the (disturbed) mind of the abusive husband, it makes for a very one-dimensional novel. The name does not help, I see no Sparks here.
The paper thin characters were all so conventional as well, like they were all rounded up from a Lassie movie from the 50s. Granted, the protagonist does a lot of the action stunts herself, but the values leaping off the pages are all about family values, adoring girls and strong men, and it is hard to realise that this is a bestseller from today rather than from another era.The conventionality extended to the plot as well. While we did not know the exact details (would it be Colonel Mustard using the Candlestick in the Library, or...?), the plot was so predicable. **Spoiler warning, pass to next paragraph if you want to be kept in the dark until you figure it out yourself.*** You have to be totally clueless even for the supernatural twist, although it looks as if it is supposed to be a surprise. (Not to mention how totally unnecessary to the story it is.)
The film Sleeping with the Enemy, although being from the early 90s, was so much less conventional, and more thrilling. And it featured Julia Roberts. Not perfect in any way shape or form, you should pick it up any time before enduring this syrup of a tale. Too bad, since the theme is no doubt a very serious one.
Don't get a chance to stop and read print being a working mum, but it was a great listen. The first Nicholas Sparks book I read was the Notebook and i stayed up all night reading, i wanted to stay up all day listening but commitments couldn't.
I love that mostly sparks makes his male leads such loveable characters, that you would want in your life.
All she read really well.
Nicholas Sparks books are just a nice feel good read thanks.
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