Since arriving in Canada, I find I have plenty of time for reading. S and I enjoy reading together in bed. I enjoy reading to her and she enjoys listening, so it works out well! Our latest reading was “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks. I believe the book was made into a movie, but I have not seen it. I am not sure I want to….
The story is set in Boston and Southport, North Carolina. It is an intense story of a woman who escapes from a brutally controlling husband, Kevin. Katie (not her real name) is portrayed really well and I had no problem in visualising her as the frightened, but brave and determined escapee, seeking to start a new life in a new town. Inevitably, romance comes into the story. Alex is the local storekeeper, a widower with a military background. The ideal man to defend Katie from her vengeful husband. Katie makes a friend, Jo, who encourages her to see Alex. There is a surprising and touching revelation at the end of the story.
Kevin deserves special treatment (and he gets it!). To any women thinking of committing to a relationship, please make sure that the love of your life is not like Kevin. Kevin is a possessive, controlling, obsessive abusive psycho. Yet Katie (real name Erica) fell in love with him and married him. Kevin did not reveal his true nature until the honeymoon when he hit her just because she left her sunglasses outside. I am guessing Kevin was raised by religious, strict parents, relatives, or others, it is not made clear. Unfortunately, such men do exist, they are not rare and many women become trapped in these abusive relationships. These men do not love. They control and punish. They are bullies.
Ladies, this book is worth reading if only to learn about abusers like Kevin. We skipped a lot of the details about Kevin. I just skimmed through and gave S a brief summary of those chapters.
Finally, the ending of the book has some interesting and touching twists that leave the reader satisfied and longing to read some more of Nicholas Spark’s novels.