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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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  • Shauna
  • Houston, MO, United States
  • 11-27-10

GREAT!!!!

As always very good! Sparks never disappoints me! I always love his little unexpected twists!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't stop listening

A lil slow in the begining but make no mistake, this book will capture your interest as it progresses, it keeps you in suspense but still has that romance in the read. Good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Stalking....

The book had merits for the journey out of an abusive situation and the strength of courage it takes to start over, great story line there. The stalking husband was a bit much, I didn’t finish it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The perfect mix of suspense and romance

I've not read/listened to Nicholas Sparks before and was pleasantly surprised. Suspenseful through out, Sparks is adept at developing the characters and relationships and while somewhat cliche and predictable, I loved the book. Looking for another to download now!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dori
  • grand rapids, MI, United States
  • 11-01-10

Fantastic Narrator

This story was good, but the narrator was excellent. She really made it worthwhile.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Surprising ending

Nice reading. One gets involved very easily with the story. Amazing to see how two people can have very different perspectives about the same experience. And it only gets better toward the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A. ricci
  • San Francisco, CA United States
  • 10-28-10

Not really worth the time

I've listened to all of Nicholas Sparks' books. And they can be a bit sappy, and hapily ever after and that is ok. But this one dragged on forEVER. So many details we didn't need to hear, especially when the character switched to the "villian" husband. It's as if Mr Sparks ran out of things to write, but needed to fill the pages for some reason. He would have done better to write "very, very, very," over and over, rather than the lunatic rantings that we had to endure.

The narrator was ok thru most of it, but she often mixed her accents and had the North Carolina people talking with the Dorchester, MA accents. Also her inflections with the character Jo were so over the top emotional, that is was comical and I had to adjust my volume. The opposite for Katie, the main character. She was flat. Boring and I couldn't understand why ANYONE would have fallen in love with her, much less FIGHT over her. And the "twist" at the end was really silly...really.

Anyhoo. It entertained me slightly on a long flight and I finished it, so I'll give it 3 stars.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mimi
  • Madison, MS, United States
  • 10-28-10

Safe Haven

Love it! I couldn't turn it off! I finished it in two days and everyone around me was glad . . . because I kept shhh them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kenneth
  • Riverbank, CA, United States
  • 10-27-10

Great Narrator-Great Book!!

I commute alot so audio books get me through it daily! A great narrator can make or break the book! This book was well written and sucks you in where you can not stop listening! For me it also opened my eyes to the issue of spousal abuse, I have a great husband so could not imagine, but you get sucked into the story and feel her pain and later happiness through the story! Great twist of course at end! Great book! Def worth the listen!
Kristie-Riverbank, Ca

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Henderson, NV, United States
  • 10-26-10

Best Nicholas Sparks Book Yet

This was by far his best!!! Having it be the first book with twists, terror and some violence.
As I get to the last chapter, I don't want it to end. Great, Great book.
Couldn't put it down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful