Nicholas Sparks, popular author of 16 novels, six of which have been made into motion pictures.
With SAFE HAVEN we meet Katie, a beautiful young woman who has sought refuge and anonymity in the small community of Southport, North Carolina. She rents a small cabin and works at Ivan's restaurant. Katie has no car, and walks wherever she goes. She's a bit of a mystery to Alex, a widowed store owner, and Jo who soon moves next door.
Katie is determined to reveal nothing about herself lest she be found by Kevin, her alcoholic husband, who kept her a virtual prisoner in their home and savagely beat her without reason. On their honeymoon she was beaten for leaving her sun glasses by the pool; at home she's been thrown down the cellar stairs, her head knocked against the kitchen table. She endured all forms of Physical abuse that left her bruised and sore. Kevin often swore that it would never happen again but it always did. When he finally pulled out his gun, a Glock, and held it to her head she knew she had to somehow escape, run for her life.
Yet despite her resolution to remain private she finds herself drawn to Alex, a kind, good hearted man who his doing his best to be both father and mother to his two children, Kristen and Josh. Katie develops a fondness for them, and they feel the same about her. Over time she is able to relax, to enjoy being with Alex and the children. It isn't long before she must to admit to herself that she's in love with him and dares to think of what being part of a happy family might be like.
Meanwhile, of course, Kevin is searching for her. He's a policeman and a smart one, but not smart enough not to let vodka get the best of him, turning him into a raging psychopath intent upon finding and killing Katie as well as the man he believes has taken her away.
This is a different kind of book for Sparks. He has never written a book about a man who hunts down his wife and tries to kill her. This is such a different story line for him, and there's a HUGE twist at the end of the book. Yet again Nicholas Sparks has not failed a reader. I have read 5 of his books and I have NEVER EVER in all my time of reading have I read a book in 1 day! It was about 16 hours later that I finished my book. It sucked me in and I couldn't put it down.
Price: $13.88 on Amazon! I forgot this book came out and We were in Target on Wednesday (day after release) and we bought it on the spot, no questions asked. It was 30% off and it was about $18.
Overall: ***** definitely, I love Nicholas Sparks and will read EVERY single book he releases and will not ever stop there. I absolutely love him.
Even though I have purchased this book, they have offered to give one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win a copy of his book!
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