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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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  • Tina
  • Canfield, ON, Canada
  • 11-09-10

Safe Haven

Well I am hooked! This was my first purchase, I thought what the heck it didn't cost anything I will give it a try. What a great first book to try. I found myself volunteering to go to the store just to listen to the rest of it. The reader was wonderful!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Byrnes
  • Kissimmee, FL United States
  • 09-27-10

This Was My First Nicolas Sparks Novel

I am not much into sappy love stories and this is what I expected when I decided to buy Safe Haven. I thought something easy on the ears would be a good choice to do housework by. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters had depth and substance and it wasn't pages and pages of verbal and physical love making. The twist at the end was enough to make me consider trying another Sparks novel. Recommended for the love story lovers as well as someone just interested in a good listen sans much sap.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Safe Haven

This was a great book to listen to. Suspenful, well writened and had a great ending. I hated for it to end. Nicholas Sparks showed his colors on this one and earns all the credits for being an awesome author.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not Nicholas Sparks best, but ok

I normally love Nicholas Sparks book but this one was only so so. On the plus side, I really enjoyed the narrator's voice. She did a great job with the different characters. On the minus side, this book was predictable with a twist at the end that I really didn't care for. The Lucky One by Nicholas Spark touches on the same issue from a different perspective in a more interesting and creative way.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Irene
  • Medford, MA, United States
  • 12-01-10

Slow, predictable, poorly written

This is probably a book better read than listened to. The writing was quite poor and the story line predictable - this is essentially "sleeping with the enemy".

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Thank You Nicholas Sparks!

I loved this book! Nicholas Sparks did it again. I finished it in two days, much to my husbands chagrin I couldn't turn it off. The characters are so endearing. This story is gripping and touching. I highly recommend this audio book.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Jill
  • Franklin, CT, United States
  • 11-06-10

A bit predictable, but a sweet story

I finished this book pretty quickly, and enjoyed the listen. I predicted the "surprise" ending fairly early, but it didn't take away from the fact that I liked the characters and the story quite nicely held my interest. Mr. Sparks must be quite a gentle and sincere man, and I loved how he dedicated the book to his wife, who lost both her parents recently. I recommend this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • cassie
  • BOSWELL, IN, United States
  • 09-30-10

Safe Haven

Loved this book, could not stop listening to it. I had to keep finding stuff to do so I could listen to it with my ipod. I laughed, cried, and was very happy listening to this book. Well Done!!!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Deb
  • Irmo, SC, United States
  • 09-20-10

Wonderful Book!

This has to be one of my favorites that Nicholas Sparks has written. It keeps you wanting more and I loved every word and every chapter, always wanted to continue. I have read all of his books and other than the Notebook, this is my favorite

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • amanda
  • phoenix, az, United States
  • 11-04-10


Great story! Kept me going the whole time. I didn't want to stop listening. Narrator does the characters well, not cheesy.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful