Books On First: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks


Welcome to our July virtual book club!

After last months great read I hope you’ll join us in reading Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (especially if you enjoyed the movie version!) Our Books on First discussions are designed to allow you to engage with other book lovers without having to clear your schedule and find a sitter so you can make it to Book Club. Hubby has to work late? No Problem. Up at 3 am with the baby and want to add your thoughts? Perfect. The only thing missing is the snacks. (And the wine? But you can certainly pour yourself a glass! Enter to win some wine here)

To sweeten the pot, we offer a “door prize” each week in the form of an Amazon gift card giveaway equal to the price of the Kindle edition of this month’s book. Please join us for chit chat, and enter the giveaways!

Here is what had to say about Safe Haven:

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.

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23 Responses to 'Books On First: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks'

  1. bettycd says:

    Love Nicholas Sparks books and look forward to Safe Haven. Can’t figure out what you want commented on or where. the JoyMakinMamas link just goes to the blogs homepage and I can’t see where anyone else has figured out where to post.

  2. Krista W. says:

    I wonder if we’ll end up liking the movie or the book better? 🙂

  3. Your blog comment bonus entry is “dark green.” Good luck… I hope you win!

  4. When Alex first meets Katie, he senses that she is in trouble. How does he figure out what has happened to her?

    • Gwendolyn T says:

      He figures it out from her tick (the wedding ring that shes not wearing thing), and her general reactions to things. At least from what I have read so far. 🙂

    • Meghan Gray says:

      Supposedly he is able to “intuit” it based on his history working with abused spouses as a member of law enforcement. I’m sure he would be qualified to spot the symptoms of PTSD, but I’m not so sure he’d have been able to make such accurate assumptions about her past on so little info if this weren’t a work of fiction.

  5. I LOVE Nicholas Sparks – although, I find I always need a lot of tissues handy when I do read his stuff. I haven’t read this yet, so I’ll add it to my list!

    • Gwendolyn T says:

      I have only read one Nicholas Sparks book. I didn’t realize tissues were a prerequisite. This one is in transit to my house now. Guess I’ll be heading out to Walgreens too. Lol

  6. New discussion question is live at Mommy Lesson Plans! See you there!

  7. You can collect your Week II Blog Comment bonus entry at Thanks for playing!

  8. There is a new question live at Joy Makin’ Mamas! See you there!

  9. Today’s discussion question is: Despite his violent behavior and his incessant drinking, Kevin quotes the Bible constantly and takes the Ten Commandments seriously. How do you understand his behavior?

    • Meghan Gray says:

      He’s psychotic. There is plenty of precedent for the delusional and the psychotic to frame their obsessions, paranoias, and outright distortions of reality within the context of relgion. I think this is no different.

    • Gwendolyn T says:

      I think that he quotes the bible and commandments to himself to justify his thoughts. Like his sense of what should be okay. I guess kind of like you said^^ .. I didn’t read it until now.

  10. Meghan Gray says:

    There is a new discussion question live at Joy Makin’ Mamas Blog. See you there!

  11. Meghan Gray says:

    Next discussion question: When Katie tells Alex about Kevin she says: “I hate him, but I hate myself, too.” Why does she feel this way? How does Katie change as she spends more and more time in Southport? How is she different by the end of the book?

    • Gwendolyn T says:

      She hates herself because she feels like she let it happen, and because she believed he would change. Even though actions kept repeating. She also felt at the time that she was bad for leaving even though Alex thought she was strong. ….. I haven’t quite finished yet, so I don’t know how it will end, but I’m hoping Kevin falls apart enough that when they meet up she will see it and know that she did the right thing.

  12. Meghan Gray says:

    The Safe Haven Giveaway III comment bonus entry is “fishing.” Good luck!

  13. Meghan Gray says:

    There is a new discussion question live at Mommy Lesson Plans. See you there!

  14. Tina Kohrman says:

    I really really really want to read this book!! This book sounds like such a great read and I cannot wait to read it.

  15. I love his books and their movies.

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