I spent the beginning of my long weekend completely consumed in my most recent read, "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks. I'd seen the movie when it came out in theatres, so I was doing this one backwards (with the book before movie or movie before book debate!) (I'm also a bit late on this post - my apologies!)
Let's start with the book. It's the story of Katie, a girl who moves to a small town to get away from her past life. In her old life, she was in an abusive relationship until she finally gathered the strength to leave. Her husband, also a police officer, is doing everything he can do to find her now that she has disappeared. In her new life, she meets attractive and friendly Alex, who is a single father to two kids. They hit it off but she is still reluctant to start anything new because of her past.
Now remember, I'm a sucker for love stories. I loved the book - it's such a cute love story and the characters are so easy to get attached to. Going back and forth between Katie's story and her husband's search for her kept the book suspenseful for the readers. I motored through it, and, like I said, spent my entire sunny Saturday sitting outside with this book.
Now, flash over to the movie. I saw the movie first in this case and loved it. Another great Nicholas Sparks book turned movie. After reading the book, though, I wonder to myself why they had to change some of the things from the book while making the movie. I know that movies often have to seem more "Hollywood", so they add and change things to make the story more "big screen" friendly and suspenseful. I did feel like the story in the book would have been equally as good on the big screen. (But what do I know about film-making, right?!) All in all, the themes are basically the same and I would have to say that although they are slightly different, I liked both separately and tried not to compare them to each other too much.
If you're the love story type like me, or if you're a fan of Nicholas Sparks, this one won't disappoint. It's a good summer read and I'm quite happy that my relaxing weekend was spent with this one.