Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

safehavenbookI loved this book. I love it so much that I couldn’t wait to get to bed so I could continue reading. That doesn’t happen often for me. Some people can read any kind of book, but I can’t. The book has to hold my attention, otherwise I will simply fall asleep.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks is by far one of my favorites of his. But who doesn’t like Nicolas Sparks, right? He has a way with romance and this book has just that.

Katie is new to town. The book goes over, in great detail, her life at work and her life at home. Everything is new. The people are new. The air is new. The thing is, small towns tend to be friendlier than cities and she wasn’t used to that. In fact, she didn’t want to talk to anyone or get close to anyone. She would either not answer or change the topic if anyone were to ask about her life.

A life she left behind. A life that she wants to forget and fears that it will catch up to her. Alex, a shop owner notices her and tries to have conversations with her. But she was distant. He respected her space and never pushed. His old life told him that there was more to her than she lets on. He notices how she acts and her responses to certain things. From his experience, he knows exactly what she is running from; hiding from. He cares for her each day he sees her. She becomes close with his two kids, which ultimately brings her closer to him.

She makes one friend, her next door neighbor, Jo. She is the closest friend she has had in many years. They hang out and have wine, talk on the front porch and have great conversations with each other.

The life that Katie left behind does in fact seem to find her. Her husband is a detective and a very good one. Eventually he pieces everything together and tracks her to this small town. He watches her. He plots his revenge.


I couldn’t put this book down. My only disappointment (unconfirmed) is that the movie trailer looks like it has a different ending. Same in theory but how it plays out might be different. Of course I will give the movie a shot. Even if they are different, I’m sure they are both great. The best part of this book is that there is a twist that I did not see coming. I think my jaw even dropped! I was shocked and stunned and couldn’t believe that happened. But in that same moment of shock, I had goose bumps for what it meant. The meaning behind this book is so profound that you can’t help but love it.

Empty Chairs by Stacey Danson

emptychairsbookcoverEmpty Chairs is an autobiography of Stacey Danson. She wrote this book in such a way that you get so involved in her story that you feel like you are there, living it, along with her memories.

It’s well written. It’s detailed enough. It’s horrific. It’s sad. It’s inspiring. It’s shocking. It’s scary. It’s read.

Once you get past the beginning of her story of child abuse at such a terribly young age that you almost can’t believe that something like this would happen. But it did.

She provides a wonderful visual of what life on the streets can be like. You feel what she felt. It makes you look at people who live on the streets…differently.

She is an amazing person, to be able to live through everything she has and has the outlook on life that she does. This would crush many if they had to bare these same memories. She was, most of the time, very smart and used great judgement on how she selected where to sleep each night. She walked around while learning all about the world that she never knew about when she was young.

I recommend this book to everyone.

I was shocked to see how the book ended, leaving you not knowing what happened. I learned that many felt the same way so she wrote a second book to continue her story – Faint Echoes of Laughter

I can’t wait to continue reading tonight!