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Author: Nicholas Sparks

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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Katie is a young woman trying to escape an abusive marriage. She moves to Southport, North Carolina. Southport isn't fond of outsiers, but Katie manages to get a serving job at Ivan's, a local seafood restaurant. She rents a cottage in the woods. She's afraid her abusive ex-husband (a Boston police detective) is trying to find her, she takes on a new identity and tries to keep to herself. Katie eventually meets a single widowed father named Alex, who owns a local store. Before Katie has the chance to tell Alex about her past abusive relationship, they fell in love. Eventually her husband tracks her down and Katie's life - past and present - slowly start un-raveling. This novel is promoted as both a young adult and adult mystery romance.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 15 and up; read yourself: 11 and Up

Interest Level: 15 and Up

Reading Level: 5.4

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Has Nicholas Sparks ever written a bad book? Nope. I loved how Safe Haven constantly keeps the reader guessing. There are lots of unexpected turns, too. At about the middle of the book, I thought that the ending would be very predictable. I was definitely wrong. The ending was certainly a twist. Actually, I didn't like that the end was my favorite part. I wish the rest of the book would have been just as good as the ending. Safe Haven is aimed toward young adults, but it is a great read for anyone who loves suspense and mystery. Borrow this from the library or give it as a gift. It's a great read.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Suspense, unexpected twists, and plenty of mystery will keep you spellbound until the end.

Cons: Although this has a middle-grade reading level, the content is for more mature audience (read: high school and above).

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a great for lovers of suspense, romance, or both!

If You Liked This Book, Try: Someone to Love by Addison Moore; Bad Rep by Meredith Walters; and The Proposal by Katie Ashley SWEETHEARTS   EVER   HUSH, HUSH (The Hush, Hush Saga)

Educational Themes: Read this for the fun of enjoying a great book. Read it with friends and then talk about it afterward - there will be no shortage of conversation!

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from their local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - young adult, mystery, romance

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2015

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