Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

How I Read It: Ebook/ Audiobook

Dates Read: 6/21/19- 6/20/19

WELCOME BACK to a mess of a blog! Another day, another book, am I right? Okay, so it is pretty late at night and I am exhausted, so this is going to be an interesting review to say the least.

This book follows Katie, a waitress who just came to Southport, NC to get her new start in life. She meets Alex, the owner of the small grocery store down the street and the father of 2 children, Kristen and Josh. As she gets closer to the kids, her walls begin to fall down. But as her past (including her husband) catches up to her, her new reality is starting to break at the seams.

I have no problems with the romance, I am all for it. My issue is that it felt REALLY slow. At some point, I was just hoping this book would start to speed up again. I also think that Kevin got brought in really late in the story. I almost wish we got the backstory in bits and pieces than to have it all come out in one moment halfway through the book.

Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough in Safe Haven (2013)

Hold the heck up! You are just going to change the daughter’s name? That’s not cool bro.

Anyway, let’s get sappy. As I have mentioned before, I lost my mom when I was 18. One of the last movies I remember seeing in the theaters with my mom was this movie. We both left teary-eyed and feeling happy that we get moments like these. To rewatch it now, it hits right in the feels.

I like the way they gave the backstory, but the romance was super quick. It felt like her guard dropped way too quick for the past that she went through. It seemed like they tried to condense it for the sake of the movie, while taking away from the original pace of the love story.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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