I once heard somebody compare books written by Nicholas Sparks to fast food. They’re not that great, but sometimes they’re what you’re craving.
I feel that’s a pretty accurate comparison.
Sometimes you don’t want to put in a lot of effort. You don’t want to think a lot about what you’re reading. You just want a quick romance book and Nicholas Sparks is going to give it to you.
I decided to read Safe Haven because it was Valentine’s Day, and it felt like an appropriate time to read a simple love story. After reading it, I can say that it pretty much gives you what you’d expect from a Nicholas Sparks book.
Setting: North Carolina
Lead female character: Katie. A woman in her late 20s who is running away from something, and finds herself in a small coastal town.
Lead male character: Alex. A widower in his early 30s with 2 young children. He could be doing something much bigger than running the local convenience store, but hey…it’s home.
And, yes, they’re both attractive. Because, why not.
I was prepared to give this book 2 stars during the first half, as it wasn’t offering anything incredibly different than his other books. However, Sparks started to pepper in chapters about what Katie was running away from, and those were the best chapters of the book.
Of course, it wasn’t incredibly complicated. It was a fairly easy read. But, thanks to the non-romance content, it’s a pretty decent book.