I, along with probably most people, am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. I love his books and I love the movies they inspire. When I found out that a new Nicholas Sparks movie was coming out a while back I knew that I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. Ok so I didn’t physically read this book, I listened to it via audio-book, but same thing!
Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must learn to trust again.
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.
Surprisingly this book was not what I expected. Probably because I didn’t actually read the description of it before I read the book. All I knew about it was that there was a movie coming out and I wanted to see it. I loved this book and by the end I was hanging on every word.