Monday, December 3, 2012

Safe Haven

Happy Monday!  I'm a bit behind on reviewing the books I've finished lately, so I thought I'd start out the week with this one...Safe Haven!  My friend, Nicole, read this book first and gave it a pretty good review.  She said she was in a reading slump and needed a sure thing, because that's what Nicholas Sparks is most of the time.  Right after we moved to Tulsa, I found a hardback copy of this book at a library book sale near my house.  So, I picked it up for a couple bucks, I mean why not?

I have to admit that this book didn't immediately jump to the top of my "to-read" list.  I have to be in the mood for Sparks' books because a) someone always dies or b) someone always gets a horrible terminal illness.  Add on to that, this book's storyline sounded A LOT like this movie...

Don't get me wrong, Sleeping with the Enemy is one of those movies where, if it's on TV, I'll stop and watch it.  I know the storyline and I know that everything is going to work out alright in the end.  And I love Julia Roberts.  But, I felt like Safe Haven had that "been there, done that" feel to it.  Then, Nicole informed that this was happening.

What's great about reading a book when the movie stars have already been picked for the silverscreen is that you know who to picture in your head.  Needless to say, I picked this one out of my pile the day after I found out about the impending movie.

I'll say that the storyline does follow the Sleeping with the Enemy-esque style...BUT, there's a fantastic twist in the end.  I don't want to make a big deal about it because I don't think you should be looking for one...but, it's great.  I never saw it coming and when I asked Nicole about it, she said she didn't either. 

I definitely recommend this is a typical Nicholas Sparks book, in that someone does die (bet you can guess who if you've seen Sleeping with the Enemy a bajillion times too) and there is someone who died of a terminal illness (the main character's love interest is a widower, hello!), so it's still a good Sparks story with his trademark touches.  Go pick it up before the movie's out in February!

1 comment:

  1. This one was just so-so for me too...I couldn't get Julia Roberts out of my head...but I forced myself to picture Josh Duhamel and "what's her name" instead. The twist was a total surprise though. Didn't see that one coming, but loved it!



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