My review today is on Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I read this book a couple of months ago and decided that since the movie is coming out on Valentine’s Day, I probably needed to get my review done. And in the same process, I’ve decided to giveaway a hardback copy of the book! How about that?? You can read the book and then go see the movie.
This story is about a girl that tries to escape an abusive husband by changing her identity and trying to blend into a small town. Sound familiar? I did enjoy reading this book, but there was a little disappointment because the story line was so darn close to Sleeping with the Enemy. There are some pretty important elements though, that make this story different enough…so I didn’t care as much about the similarities once those elements were identified.
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.
I recommend you read the book and then go see the movie…I mean come on, Josh Duhamel…need I say more? So, for the giveaway…you must be a follower of Becky’s Babbles first. Then, leave a comment on this post telling what you would like to do for Valentine’s Day this year. The contest will end at midnight on Friday, January 25. I will announce the winner on Saturday and get the book in the mail ASAP.