Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan @ bookslayerReads. Click the link to check out her first post from last week and read about the book she chose. *Also, the image used for this post was created by Megan*
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.
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’ve read a lot of Nicholas Sparks books but this one definitely stood out. The characters were incredibly well written and the story was really good. He also did a good job talking about domestic violence. With this topic a lot of people feel the urge to ask “But why did she stay?” when really the question should be, “What kept her from leaving?” this book gives insight into the second question and shows that leaving isn’t always an immediate option.
Just like last week though, this is a book with a movie that did not do it justice. Of course people will say that the movie was good if they didn’t read the book, I disagree. There were too many little details that were either changed or left out. Those details made a huge difference. You cannot judge this book by its movie!
Read any good standalones lately? Let me know in the comments or write up a post and link it back to Megan!
P.S. I don’t know if I’m going to do this every Sunday, I may do every other Sunday or something. Not because I don’t want to, but apparently I don’t know as many good standalones as I thought lol