Rated Reads

Safe Haven

by Nicholas Sparks

Rated: Mild

The new girl in a small town who doesn’t care where she runs as long as it’s away from her past. But keeping her past a secret becomes harder as her stay lengthens and questions surrounding who she is never seem to disappear. Now as life begins to feel normal, she wonders if moving on is even possible. Will she ever really be able to leave her past behind her without facing it?

A local woman returning to town after being away for years, moves in next door to Katie. She too has secrets of her own, but they never form a wedge between them. And because of Jo’s willingness to listen, Katie begins to heal and finds what she needs most: a friend.

A widowed father of two and an honorable man, has healed enough from the loss of his wife that he feels he may finally be ready to start over with another woman. But finding someone who will love him and his kids is a challenge. And if he is lucky enough to find someone, will his kids love her too?

Safe Haven is a love story about confronting demons, having faith in others and starting over.

It had been a few years since I had read a Nicholas Sparks book so I’m not sure if his popularity and meeting deadlines have affected his writing, but this one definitely seemed different than others I’ve read by him. There were times throughout the book it seemed he was trying too hard to be romantic or write what he knows women want to read, making some of the language feel awkward and forced. This was not one of my favorite Sparks books, but there was still enough romance and suspense that the story kept me wanting to read. Overall it was a good book, but this one makes me think he should pick a different genre, just for a while.

Rated: Mild for adults. There are 16 mild and 3 moderate uses of language. There were a few mild sexual situations but nothing graphic. Violence is limited mostly to a few memories involving an abusive relationship.

— Reviewed by Nicole Borman

Nicole Borman is a high school librarian who didn’t catch the reading bug until college. Although she likes most genres, her genres of choice are nonfiction, YA chick lit, and anything Pride and Prejudice-esque.

One Response to Safe Haven

  1. Karla Maynor says:

    If I remember correctly this book was pretty graphic whenever they go back to Kate’s husband. He was VERY abusive and controlling. Heavy drinker and the fire seen and when he came to her house. Not a mild book for adults. At least moderate most likely high when you take account the husband. They took a gentle approach to the movie. The book was anything but.

  • Safe Haven
  • by Nicholas Sparks
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Fiction
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