A novel by Nicholas Sparks
Safe Haven is a novel by Nicholas Sparks. The story follows the main character, Katie, as she moves to Southport, North Carolina and begins a new life. Katie works as a waitress at Ivan's fish shack in town.
Katie rents a cottage in the woods off a gravel road. There is one other cottage there. Soon, Katie finds that she has a new neighbor, a woman in her mid-thirties whose name is Jo. As Jo and Katie get to know each other, Katie finds herself relishing the friendship she builds with Jo. Jo even suggests that Katie get to know the owner of the country store in town, who is Alex Wheatley.
Alex Wheatley is a single father of two kids and whose wife passed from cancer. He's also a former investigator for the Army. As he gets to know Katie, he quickly realizes that she is a battered wife hiding from an abusive husband. By the time he confronts Katie about it, the two are already deeply in love with each other. In the meantime, Katie's real husband Kevin, who is a detective for the Boston Police Department, is searching for her. Kevin uncovers the identity his wife, Erin, is using, which Katie is her new identity. Once Kevin hits the town of Southport, things start to unravel quickly.
The main character in the book. She starts as a beautiful woman with long blonde hair and the perfect body that lives with her abusive husband named Kevin. Erin finally leaves him making her way to the quaint little town of Southport, North Carolina. With a new identity as Katie, she rents a little beat up cottage for the time being. Little does she know but she soon meets a man named Alex with two kids who she falls madly in love with. She also meets a woman named Jo who moves in next door and becomes her truest best friend.
The owner of the town grocery store who is a single father of two kids because his wife Carly died. He meets Katie and falls in love with her not just because of her eye-catching beauty but because of how she interacts and behaves toward his children. Alex also risks his life to save Katie when her abusive, drunk husband comes to town to take Katie with him.
Jo is a woman who moves in next to Katie and becomes Katie's truest friend in town. They talk over coffee and wine and Katie enjoys spending time with Jo. Little does Katie know but that Jo is actually Carly who is Alex's deceased wife. She is a spirit or figment of imagination that is in Katie's life to help her find Alex because Carly only wants the best for her husband and children. She knows that Alex has fallen in love with Katie and Katie needs Alex and his children in her life as well.