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by Nicholas Sparks
Genre: Contemporary Adult Fiction
Length: 368 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 2 minutes
First Published: 2010
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.
Quotes from Safe Haven
“Love doesn’t mean anything if you’re not willing to make a commitment, and you have to think not only about what you want, but about what he wants. Not just now, but in the future.”
“That’s the thing about life. A lot of the time, it isn’t easy at all. We just have to try to make the best of it”
“Everyone has a past, but that’s just it–it’s in the past. You can learn from it, but you can’t change it.”
“I’m not sure anyone’s life turns out exactly the way they imagine. All we can do is to try to make the best of it. Even when it seems impossible.”
“Maybe I don’t want to be defined by what I do. Maybe I’d like to be defined by what I am.”
Movie Trailer for Safe Haven (2013)
About Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks is a bestselling American author. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, and many have been made into films. His works include A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven, The Best of Me, and The Notebook. He also founded The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, which uses global education experiences to improve cultural and international understanding. He currently lives in North Carolina. Visit the author’s website →