My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I actually REALLY enjoyed this!
Review coming soon.
This was my seventh Nicholas Sparks read and I REALLY enjoyed it because he FINALLY changed his formula.
My issue with all the other Sparks books I have read is that:
1) Someone almost always dies. But even if someone does not die the protagonist must lose their epic love somehow
2) A lot of the time the women are churchgoing, virgin, do-gooders, and the men are pseudo bad boys transformed into good guys by the love of their churchgoing, virgin, do-gooders
Plus with all Sparks books I have read before this one (The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and Dear John) the movie is the better version of the two. I have also read The Wedding but it does not make the list because there is no movie version of it.
This was different though. There were no churchgoing, virgin, do-gooders, or pseudo bad boys transformed into good guys by the love of their churchgoing, virgin, do-gooders. I do not want to give anything away but it was a much darker, less sappy story than anything I have read from him before. Plus I really enjoyed reading the alternating POVs from the three main characters. The story was slightly triggering for me because (view spoiler) but it was still very captivating and I found myself longing to return to my book most of the time I was away from it.
** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing
2 thoughts on “Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks”
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