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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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couldn't stop listening to this!

Excellent love story and life story! The mystery was fun to follow even if I thought I knew each plot outcome I didn't guess it most of the time.

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  • Lisa
  • Hurst, TX, United States
  • 03-01-11

Safe Haven

I enjoyed this book it was a great story line and you tried to second guest what was going to happen and it keeps you interested for what happens next . A good read !

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Shallow, 2 dimensional

This book is overly sweet with characters that have absolute characteristics. Dialog seems forced. Predictable.

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Wonderful story..Happy, Sad, Touching,Satisfying

This is the first Spark's book I have read. It lived up to his excellent reputation. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good love story.

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  • Jill
  • Elmhurst Township, PA, United States
  • 02-06-11

Ending ruined the book

The ending of this book was so foolish after a relatively strong story line. What a shame

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  • Kristy
  • buford, GA, United States
  • 02-01-11


This is the first audible I have read (or listened to?) and I am so glad! I absolutely loved it. From the narrator to the story, no complaints!

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  • Stachowski
  • East Troy, WI, United States
  • 01-27-11

Good Nicholas Sparks

A good story as usual by Nicolas Sparks. Characters and story kept interest.
Worth the credit!

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  • Freyja
  • Arlington, VA, United States
  • 01-16-11


This was a cute southern book, but was also a bit predictable. I was looking for another fun romance with a twang and some regular funk, but this story went a little too far into detail too many times to keep my attention. I would recommend the listen, the book was very well written; but if you're low on your credits you might want to keep looking.

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Total suspense packed novel with real heart

I loved this book! It was action packed and told a real story at the same time. As usual, Nicholas Sparks has taken a love story and turned it into so much more! The characters are totally believable and seem to come right out of real life. It started out a little slow, but once you get into it, the story really comes to life and keeps you gripped in its clutches until the very last line!

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  • C.
  • United States
  • 01-14-11


Nicholas Sparks has to be one of my favorite authors; as soon as he releases a new book, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. I enjoy reading and listening to books. My favorite though is listening; especially if the narrartor is chosen well and in Safe Haven Rebecca Lowman was the perfect choice. I can begin listening to a book and the narrator makes the decision wheither I will continue listening or not.